As you no doubt already know, there is a ridiculously large amount of SQL Server Information available out there on the internet. Whether you’re browsing forums, web sites or blogs, knowing what the best sources of SQL Server information are and more importantly which one’s you can trust, can be tricky.
So to help you get started on the right track, below is my list of what I consider to be the Top 5 SQL Forums on the internet.
- SQL Server Central
- Microsoft MSDN SQL Server Forums
- The SQLBrit Community Forum – Update: The list would not be complete without a mention of our very own new Community Forum!
There’s not a lot more I can say about this site that I have not done so already. Unlike the majority of technology forums currently out there, Stackoverflow covers more than just SQL Server, in fact a whole variety of technology related subject areas are catered for. I’m a real big fan of the site and for a detailed review read about my Stackoverflow Addiction.
I consider this site to be a one stop SQL Server shop. Not only does it have one of the best SQL Forums on the internet but also a tremendous volume of SQL Server articles, blogs and general content. This is must view site for all SQL Server professionals.
This is the sister site to Stackoverflow and is all about hardware and administration. Given the ridiculously high level of expert knowledge and experience of some of the posters on the forum, I consider ServerFault to be an essential reference tool for all serious SQL Server Database Administrators.
Microsoft MSDN SQL Server Forums
In my opinion this is the forum you go to when you have a seriously tough question you need answering. The community on this forum is quite close nit and perhaps a little cliquey at times but the quality of the detailed responses provided to queries is superb and the number of expert moderators on hand is second to none, thereby negating any down sides there may possibly be. There is also a separate forum for each SQL Server technology and feature, meaning that the community for each forum are experts in the specific subject area you need help on. Bottom line, if you cannot find an answer to your query elsewhere on the net then you will find it here!
Another favourite of mine, this forum is well established and has been going for a good while now. That means that there is a wealth of knowledge there for you to get stuck into and a solid community of experienced SQL Server experts on hand to answer your queries.
There you have it, my Top 5 SQL Forums. I’m sure there are some other great undiscovered SQL Server resources out there. If you come across a great resource be sure to let me know!