Running Twice as Fast

This past Saturday I attended the first of four days of SQL Server Development Training. The instructor, Mike Hotek literally wrote the book on SQL 2008 Database Development. A fellow M2M Administrator asked me why I bothered because we are not yet on SQL 2008 and I thought it would make a good blog post. The question reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.
If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

Listen, unless you intend to administer Made2Manage the rest of your life, you’d better learn to enjoy learning. While the pace of M2M development has been fairly sedate, the rest of the technological world moves at a blistering pace. If you are putting in your time simply doing a good job, you are not only stagnating, but falling behind. I am studying SQL 2008 Business Intelligence and Database Development because my career is rapidly moving in that direction. I hope to be MCTS certified by the end of the year and MCITP next year.

Why am I telling you this? Well, one reason is this makes my goal public and motivates me to work harder toward it. Also, I want to encourage my readers to avail themselves of every opportunity to educate themselves and further their careers. If necessary, do it in your free time and using your own money; I am. Don’t just keep pace, move ahead.

Oh, and incidentally I finally understand page splitting, clustered vs non-clustered indexes, and B-trees. Luckily Mr. Hotek was patient when I asked a bunch of questions.

What are you doing to further your career?

3 comments to Running Twice as Fast

  • I’m still playing the catch-up game with my career. The company that I worked for previously was all old school languages and Excel Hell looks like a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas compared to Access Hell, let me tell you. Can you say “87 different, critical Access databases written by people who have no idea what they’re doing”? And no, 87 is not an exaggerated number in that statement, sadly.

    With all of that going on I completely missed out on the whole .NET thing which I’m currently focused on right now. I did at least get to use VB 6 which while old was at least not completely outdated, but that all joined together with no need for web development left me completely out of the C# and PHP circles too. So right now I’m playing catch-up to try to get a handle on what’s being used now so that if I do happen to move on to another company I will at least be able to manage their existing systems while I strive to catch up on whatever happens to be new at the time.

    Luckily I am already using SQL 2008 to some extent, but we don’t use many of the more advanced features. As for the page splitting, (non-)clustered indexes, and B-trees? That’s still all Greek to me, buddy.

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