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How Often Do You Update During Issues?

Voice of the DBA

Release Date: 07/31/2022

The Communication Channels at Work show art The Communication Channels at Work

Voice of the DBA

Recently a friend started a new job that didn't have Slack used as a communication vehicle. The new employer was considering Teams, but most of the communication among employees was done through email or a live meeting. At Redgate, we use Slack extensively. I also use Teams for some work with Microsoft, and in general, I find I prefer Slack. That might be because I don't spend enough time in Teams, but regardless, I find myself preferring email for discussions with MS employees over Teams. That's my preference, but really, what I value is the instantaneous, yet async, nature of using messaging...

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Custom SQL Server on RDS show art Custom SQL Server on RDS

Voice of the DBA

One of the challenges in moving to the cloud is achieving a similar level of performance to what you would get with dedicated hardware on-premises. The cloud is someone else's computer, and you are limited to the choices that the vendors allow you to rent. In many cases, you might even share the physical hardware resources with other customers, though many cloud providers have started to allow dedicated hardware reservations in the last few years. One of the challenges of choosing a PaaS cloud database platform is that there are often restrictions that differ from a similar platform...

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Paying It Forward show art Paying It Forward

Voice of the DBA

A big part of SQL Server Central has been members of the community answering questions for others. We have an amazing community and over the years, it's been helpful to so many people. I often get the thanks, but really have been those that have helped many people. There are too many to list, but gilamonster, Jeff Moden, lynn-pettis, lowell, and more have been tremendous assets to our community. Part of the inspiration for StackOverflow years ago was SQL Server Central and the popularity of people helping others. The main thing their founders didn't like from us (and other sites) was the need...

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To Which Experts Should You Listen? show art To Which Experts Should You Listen?

Voice of the DBA

When I was getting my career going in Denver, Microsoft used to host lunch sessions every few weeks in their office. There were some Microsoft employees presenting and some community members. I learned a lot from both groups. At local user groups, more often than not, a community speaker was present, but there were plenty of people that worked for different vendor companies that delivered talks. I saw many of these people are knowledgeable in their area, and they taught me things I used in my job. At some point, it started to seem that presenters that worked for companies weren't experts, and...

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The Challenge of Early Tech Decisions show art The Challenge of Early Tech Decisions

Voice of the DBA

When we design software or databases, we have to make decisions right now. If you work in as many environments as I have, this means I'm often picking a tool, platform, version, technology, or something else without a complete set of information. In some cases, I'm actually writing code (SQL or C#/Java/etc.) without completely knowing the business problem I'm solving. I do know what someone described, but as many of us find out, those descriptions often prove to be lacking. Over time, we refine the code with feedback from users, which is why DevOps has become so popular. We write the best code...

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Fixing Impostor Syndrome show art Fixing Impostor Syndrome

Voice of the DBA

I think that most of us feel like an impostor at some time in our lives.  We will get asked to do something we've never done, with others expressing confidence in us. We may tackle the task, or we may not. We may succeed or we may not In any of those cases, we may still feel like an impostor, someone that isn't really qualified to do this thing. Many of us continue to feel this way in our careers, suffering from . While I know that I'm good at my job, good at working with SQL Server and teaching others to do so, I still suffer from impostor syndrome at times. There are periods where my...

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Developer Optimism show art Developer Optimism

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Developers, in general, are very optimistic about the code they write. This is likely one cause of their estimates of the time required being low, as well as the various bugs that slip through because of corner cases that appear for the problem being solved. Often developers think they've considered the various ways this code ought to work and covered all the possibilities. Usually we find they've not thought about the problem from other perspectives and need to adjust their code. They often also feel that their code is superior to others, and that they can examine a problem in a new way. One...

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When is Technology Good Enough? show art When is Technology Good Enough?

Voice of the DBA

I just paid off my mobile phone. In my case, this is a phone from , which provides fantastic service for me. The phone works well in any country I travel to, without any extra roaming costs outside the US for data. That works well, since it's a data device, and not really a voice device for me. Even overseas, lots of my calls are through some data service, like Facebook Messenger. The decision for me now is whether to upgrade my phone. I've been getting some promotions and I've seen some deals from other retail outlets on phones, so I've been considering changing my Galaxy S20 for an S22...

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How Hard is Kubernetes? show art How Hard is Kubernetes?

Voice of the DBA

We've run inside Redgate for some research projects (like Spawn) and we are building some skills running this orchestrator. At the same time, we've had no shortage of challenges in keeping the clusters up at times, patching, fixing issues, upgrading to new configurations, etc. Like any software, there is work involved with managing the orchestrator. I've watched and write about containers and Kubernetes and overall they've made me view the clusters like email. It's useful and I want to use it, but I don't want to manage or administer it. I'd want some service like or instead. Let someone...

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DBA to Data Engineer show art DBA to Data Engineer

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When I was starting my career, I expected to be a programmer. That's what people who wrote the software were called. At some point they adopted "developer" instead, shunning the programmer label. Now I see software engineers has replaced developer in many organizations. I'm not sure the job is much different than it was in 1990, other than the specific technologies used. The DBA used to do a lot of system administration-type work on database instances. Check logs, set security, run backups, and maybe look at some queries. However, in many cases, their work was limited to things running inside...

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I use Libsyn to store podcast files. They've been a reliable service for me for years. Once in awhile uploads are slow, but things seem to work. The other day I went to upload a file and got a status message that there was an issue with database maintenance. When I looked at the status page, I saw a few updates. This was for a platform issue, and I saw this set of updates. I have the timing with my own comment:

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