• http://sqlblog.com/ Adam Machanic

    John,

    Don’t forget the logo.

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  • http://cameronmergel.wordpress.com Cameron Mergel

    I agree with the “learning something new each day”. I usually get this after the first couple of blogs that I read. Some area of the product that someone does something different and I see it done another way, maybe even a better way of doing something. Always striving to learn more.

    I think that studying for certification is also a great way to learn more about SQL Server. I am currently studying for an exam and it has helped me learn aspects of SQL Server that I don’t use at work like Service Broker.

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  • http://17knightsbridge.net Bob Sond

    this is the first blog, i’m reading. have certifications, restarting my career. I believe I’ll get lots of help from your blog and other links.
    Life is Wonderful.
    Bob Sond

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  • patrick

    Thanks for this blog it really helps me a lot iam applying for a DBA positions thanks for the tips

  • Martin

    I am new here and i want to learn SQL Server 2005 or SQL server 2008 where to start
    and thanks for helpfull posts

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Hi Martin, great to have you hear sir! I have a series of posts that explain exactly how I think you should get started, it was originally inspired by a reader question similar to your own. I hope it helps.

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  • http://princeantonybe.wordpress.com Prince antony

    Ya…Very useful… :) Keep blogging like this wonderful tips….

  • Arashaad

    Hi, I would really like to enter the DBA environment, yes I have no experience but it’s a path I need to get myself on. I’ve been doing research on places to study at (part time) in Cape Town and it’s somewhat of a mission, any advice on good Faculties ?

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Arashaad – I’m afraid I’m not familiar with what institutions are available in that part of the world.

      My advice would be to identify what your requirements are, such as your learning goals/,hat you wish to achieve through a particular study path etc. and to then review if you feel a given institution in your area will meet these. You should be able to approach each institution with your questions/requirements, as well as ask to speak with previous students who have successfully completed the study path you wish to follow. You will then be in a position to effectively evaluate whether a particular course/institution is the right choice for you.

  • JG

    Hi John
    I’m trying to do a comeback in IT, and since I been out for almost 5 years now. I was thinking about becoming a DBA. Used to be a network guy, mostly Novell. So my question to you, where and how one should start. I have no experience in DBA, and would like to start it the right way. Wish book would you recommend the most for someone who is starting and have little to no knowledge of DBA?

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Take a look at the Becoming a DBA area of the blog. There’s a wealth of helpful information there. I’d also encourage you to join the Community Forum, a great place to get your questions answered as well as help other Data Professionals on their journey to becoming the best that they can be.

      With regard to a book, I recommend that every aspiring Data Professional get a copy of Thomas LaRocks book DBA Survivor. It provides excellent in-depth guidance on what it is really like to be a DBA and what you should do in your first days on the job.

      Good luck!