Looking forward

So yesterday I looked back on the half year gone. Today I’m going to look forward to the half year to come and set some goals for the next 6 months.

I’m doing this on the assumption that goals made public are more likely to be kept than goals told to no one. Even if no one’s going to hold me to the goals I set, the fact that I announced them to the world (or the small part of it that reads here) makes it more difficult to discard the goal.

So, what’s planned for the next 6 months?


Mid-year round up

It’s half way through 2008 and I’m not sure where the year went. It feels like it was Christmas just the other week. Being half way through the year, I thought I’d do a quick look back over what has happened so far.


Status report

Just a very quick post, so no one thinks I fell off the edge of the planet.

This blog just passed 2000 hits today. Considering the 1000 mark was passed just over a month ago, that’s really, really good. I’m also up to 15 rss readers, which is quite encouraging

On the downside, I’m swamped with real work, work for university,  prep for my roleplaying game and an assortment of other stuff. Hopefully there’ll be a post up by end of week.

Becoming a better … – lookback

I thought I’d take a quick look back over the last two months, see how I faired on what I set out to do.

  • Finish 2 database books by the end of the year – I didn’t manage to finish either, though I started both the ones I said I’d read, and a third one. Part of the problem is that I was studying for an exam until mid december
  • Write at least 1 blog post a week here – Looking back I see that I wrote 8 posts in 8 weeks, however one was decidedly not SQL related and a second was just a comment on an exam. Not too bad.

Now for the next 6 months.

  • Read and finish one database book every 2 months. I don’t think I’m going to be able to do more than this, especially since I have a thesis to write.
  • Read at least one C# book
  • One blog post a week
  • One SQL or development related podcast a week.

We’ll see in 6 months how well this goes.

Become a better ….


I issued some of my colleagues a challenge this morning.In the vein of the ‘Become a better developer in 6 months’ idea that was going around the net a few months back, I asked them what they were going to do in what’s left of this year to become better DBAs.

Following the idea of ‘make something public and you’ll go through with it’ idea, here are my intentions for the remainder of the year:

  • Finish 2 database books by the end of the year. The two I’m looking at are ‘Guru’s guide to SQL architecture and internals’ and ‘Practical troubleshooting’, The first is written by Ken Henderson, the second is edited by him
  • Write at least 1 blog post a week here. This is the one I’m most likely to have trouble with.
  • Listen to at least 1 SQL related podcast a week. I’m open to suggestions for good SQL-related podcasts.


I’ve been considering a blog for a while and I decided to finally take the plunge.

So, what’s this blog all about?

Well, mainly it’s going to be about SQL Server. I’m a SQL developer and my main interest is around performance tuning and optimisation. Other people make the database work, I make it work fast.

There will be occasional diversions into other interests from time to time, but mainly I’ll be writing about SQL Server

Let’s get this show on the road and see how it turns out.