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Employee Agreements & Contracts: Best Practices (23 minute video)

Employee Agreements & Contracts: Best Practices (23 minute video)

So you’ve got an employee agreement in front of you: now what? In this episode, I talk about practical steps you should take to make sure that you understand the terms of your contract, and how to potentially negotiate the terms. Listen on the go Subscribe on iTunes, listen on Google Play, or plug this URL into your favorite podcasting app: http://dearsqldba.libsyn.com/rss# Video
Dear SQL DBA: Why Don't You Teach Service Broker?

Dear SQL DBA: Why Don't You Teach Service Broker?

I’ve gotten a few questions about whether I recommend learning Service Broker, and recently I was asked if I’m planning to make any courses on Service Broker.

In this 23 minute episode, I talk about why I personally haven’t become an expert with Broker, the factors that I believe play into Service Broker adoption, and other resources online for learning Service Broker in SQL Server.

Dear SQL DBA: Dealing With a Lack of Control

Dear SQL DBA: Dealing With a Lack of Control

This week I discuss a question that I’ve gotten in many forms over the years - a lot of the scenarios are so specific that it’s hard to keep them anonymous, but they can be generalized as a bigger problem: how do I deal with being responsible for things that I can’t fully control?

Dear SQL DBA: Do DBAs Need a College Degree?

Dear SQL DBA: Do DBAs Need a College Degree?

Our question this week comes from a database administrator who’s excited to be on a healthy career path, building their work experience, getting certified, and working with a more experienced mentor.

But they’re worried: will lacking a college degree block their career growth down the line?

Dear SQL DBA Q&A: A Poorly Indexed ISV Database

Dear SQL DBA Q&A: A Poorly Indexed ISV Database

At a recent conference, two speakers reminded me of something important: when you put effort into learning something or helping folks, don’t simply put your words in private emails or post-it notes on your desk. Whenever possible, blog it as well. It can help other people, and it can also help you remember it in the future!