SQLSaturday #340 San Diego–Randy Knight and TJay Belt


SQL Solutions Group was represented by Randy Knight, Principal Consultant and Microsoft Certified Master, and TJay Belt, Senior Consultant, at the San Diego SQLSaturday on Sept. 20th. Each had three sessions.

Randy’s sessions:

Understanding Transaction Isolation Levels

SQL Server offers several isolation levels beyond the default “READ COMMITTED”. But understanding when to use each one can be daunting. Whether you are a developer who needs to understand how isolation works and and why NOLOCK is not an appropriate hint in most cases, or a seasoned DBA who needs to understand the less commonly used isolation methods, this session is for you. We will look at each level, how it impacts the engine, and examine appropriate (and inappropriate) use cases for each.

Locks, Blocks, and Deadlocks Oh My!

Managing concurrency is one of the most challenging aspects of working with any enterprise DBMS. There is much confusion out there about locking, blocking, and deadlocks. In this demo heavy session we will clear up the confusion.

But it worked great in Dev! Perfomance for Devs

If you’ve ever found yourself stating the above, this session is for you. For many developers, writing T-SQL that works is not the challenge. But too often, functional T-SQL is not the same as good T-SQL. In this session, we will examine why “SQL that works” is not good enough. Understanding indexes, exectuion plans, sargability, and more are all critical to writing good T-SQL. We will also examine several real-world examples of T-SQL that “worked great in dev” but caused major issues when it hit production.

TJay’s sessions

Documentation – you know you love it

We will discuss some of the most important things that you as a Data Professional can document to make your job much easier, ensure information consistency between groups, and better prepare your organizations for raising the bar on your day to day business. Think of this as a sort of Database Library that allows you to finally detail the processes you follow currently to perform repetitive tasks. This Library will also allow you to simply document your systems for your and others knowledge.

Database Monitoring : Trying To Keep Sane

Each of our database systems has its complexities, its idiosyncrasies, its touchy points. Digging into each of these, understanding them, baselining them and monitoring them is an essential part of a DBA’s job. Doing these simple tasks in such a way that allows you to sleep at night while your systems churn away safely and gracefully is an art that we all attempt to accomplish. We will discuss various ideas, tools, approaches, and solutions to how to monitor different pieces of our systems. Examples, code, tools, will all be shown off and shared so we can all do better.

Database Release Management: Tips to help organize it

The very nature of a database system is to be dynamic; rarely static. The applications that use databases tend to change, requiring changes to occur within our databases. The totality of pieces and parts that comprise this ‘change’ will be combined into a ‘Release’ that will be applied to your systems. Controlling this change is not rocket science, but it is not without its complexities. We will discuss various terms, define processes, share ideas, and suggest tools to assist you in performing this necessary function, while minimizing risk, and impacting your systems in a graceful fashion.

You can visit the San Diego SQLSaturday site to learn more.

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Date(s) - 09/20/2014
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

UC San Diego Extension, University City

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