2017-11-14

T-SQL Tuesday #96: Folks Who Have Made a Difference

Dave Mason T-SQL Tuesday

Last week while reviewing some of my old posts, I realized I had written 99 of them. For my 100th post, I asked for suggestions from the Twitterverse. There were some really great responses, including some that focused on the journey to 100: what I learned, who helped and influenced me along the way, etc. I was going to go in another direction, but this really dovetails nicely with the T-SQL Tuesday topic for November 2017.

For T-SQL Tuesday #96, Ewald Cress‏ (b|t) says "give a shout-out to people (well-known or otherwise) who have made a meaningful contribution to your life in the world of data.". That's a great idea! So here we go, in somewhat chronological order:

  • Joe Kohlman: he taught me SQL and how to write queries (and at a pretty damn high level) while I was a community college student.
  • Coworkers at my first two jobs: they encouraged and supported my growth as a software developer.
  • Gail Shaw (aka GilaMonster): she answers anything and everything in the SQLServerCentral.com forums, including many of my questions.
  • Shawn McGehee: he's the chapter leader for OPASS.
  • Paul Randal: he spoke about wait stats and the SQLOS at one of the OPASS meetings.
  • Jes Borland: she convinced me to join Twitter after attending one of her sessions at PASS Summit 2015.
  • Idera Software: each month Idera coordinates a #SqlChat on Twitter. It's a great discussion about current topics related to SQL Server.
  • Kalen Delaney: I learned a ton about SQL Server from her books In-Memory OLTP and SQL Server Concurrency.
  • Andy Warren: he brought me into the fold as a volunteer with the SQLSaturday Orlando organizers group.

Blogging

As for my trek to 100 blog posts, there is plenty of overlap with my career path as a data professional. Many have helped along the way, and I'm thankful to all for their contributions:


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