Thank you, Microsoft, for making me part of this exclusive community of experts and naming me an MVP! I feel honoured and privileged to be one of the few SQL Server experts awarded with this prize!
In this 4th G+ Hangout, I was joined by my friend from Israel Matan(twitter|blog). We discussed what are the SQL Server resources you just have to know about and even though his mic went bad at the end of the hangout, I believe we shared some that you definitely need to take a look at! Here is the recording and the resources that we discussed in it:
SQL Down Under -> http://www.sqldownunder.com/Podcasts
RunAsRadio -> http://www.runasradio.com
PeopleTalkingTech -> http://peopletalkingtech.com (I was in this one recently!)
.NET Rocks -> http://www.dotnetrocks.com
Free and paid video materials:
Channel9 (free) -> http://channel9.msdn.com
SQLBits (free) -> http://sqlbits.com
PASS Recordings (free) -> http://www.sqlpass.org/LearningCenter.aspx
Edge Technet (free) -> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/video/
Pluralsight – http://pluralsight.com/training
Lynda (paid) -> http://www.lynda.com/member.aspx
CBT Nuggets (paid) -> http://www.cbtnuggets.com
Blogs: Amm… we started with them, but because of the problems with Matan’s mic we will probably do a separate hangout pointing to some great resources! Stay tuned!
Hope that you will find these resources both interesting and helpful, because they really are! By the way, they are entertaining too, but I will let you find this out by yourself!
Cheers! (my windows phone is ringing again. i hope i won’t hear the “replication” word…)
…interesting(and funny) moment in my career.
The interesting part: Here is the secret – I have always wanted to do a presentation with my MacBook Pro during a Microsoft conference. That is why when it was time to present at the SQLSaturday conference, I thought it’s finnaly time to make my dream come true!
The funny part: My Mac was actively refusing to display the slideshow on the screen behind me! Just imagine the audience’s reaction… 🙂
… thank god the reason for the problem was not my Mac!
Let me start with what I have accomplished and what I have done throughout the year and then I will move to some negatives and of course future plans.
What I have accomplished:
1. Spent more time with my family
2. Spent more time with my amazing girlfriend
3. Went to the next level in my career and became SQL Server Deep Technical Support Engineer at Hewlett-Packard
4. Lead my own course on SQL Server at New Bulgarian University
5. Lead a course on SQL Server with my teammates at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University
6. Presented at Microsoft Bulgaria
7. Presented at SQLSaturday Conference, Sofia
8. Presented at TrainerBG
9. Presented at New Bulgarian University
10. Became ITIL certified
11. Became Microsoft Certified Trainer
12. Failed on the MCSE exam (I consider this as good thing!)
13. Graduated from New Bulgarian University (writing my bachelor thesis now)
14. Made Alarm@Student Council at NBU from an idea to reality
15. Became Student of the Year 2012
16. Did my first interview on TV
17. Did many interviews for various medias
18. Was invited to the birthday party of New Horizons Bulgaria (that meant so much to me!)
19. Bought a MacBook Pro
20. Traveled a bit more
21. Blogged a lot more
22. Read a hell of a lot of books on various topics
23. Did tons of sport
24. A lot more…
Became better and had so much fun!
What I have not accomplished or missed to do:
1. Did not travelled abroad with my girlfriend 🙁
2. Did not made it to TechEd (the airline company went bankrupt)
3. Did not participated in Toastmasters, Bulgaria
4. Did not participated in Pecha Kucha, which was held at New Bulgarian University
5. Did not zeroed out my e-mail
6. Did not zeroed out my Google Reader
7. Did not ordered a Kobe Bryant’s jersey
8. Did not buy a Porsche (still dreaming though! :D)
9. Probably a lot more, but I am trying hard…
What are my future plans?
ahh… I can’t tell you… 🙂
So, to sum it up:
2012 – What a year!
2013 – I expect you to be even a better one!
In the end, I wish you to have a great Christmas days! Be with your family and closest people, laugh, enjoy, relax and see you next year!
The game is now changed, folks. I am just coming from 70-457 (Transition your skills from MCTS SQL Server 2008 to MCSE SQL Server 2012 Part 1) and I failed on the development part(admin part – no surprises – 900 points). I needed 2 or 3 more right answers, but that’s not the point. What’s interesting though is that if you want to be a MCSE (the old MCITP) for SQL Server 2012, you will have to do some work. A lot of work. Let me explain…
As most of you know, Microsoft changed the rules of their certification program. For us – the DBAs – there was a DBA certification path up until 2008. For the dev guys – there was a different one. And of course for the BI gurus – there was third. Now, however, things are different. There is still a BI path, but there is no DBA and Dev, but DBA + DEV only, which is huge in terms of what we need to know in order to become MCSE(not to mention that exam on Data Warehousing was added also).
Today, I went for the 70-457(there is Second shot for each and every SQL Server 2012 exam, so go go for it)and I felt what it is to have DBA part (25 questions) and DEV part (25 questions) instead of only one of them. It is also interesting to mention that the questions are now asked in various ways – you no more have only 4 options from which you choose one – no, no. You now have questions with 6, 8 and even more options to choose from. You can choose 1 or more answers and of course that’s not all. You now have questions in which you need to order a sequence of steps or questions with more than one right answer.
Now, that’s fine. I like it. But what I love is the second major difference I already mentioned to you. When you finish with the first 25 questions you go for 25 more, but this time they are in the T-SQL development area(and I do not have the 2008 MCITP in development, so it was a bit tough there). Note that these are not questions on select statements – no, no, no. These are questions related to CTEs, Window functions, Creating/altering various objects (views, tables, procs), stored procedures, table – valued functions, UDFs and a whole lot more.
So my takeaway for all of us is this – if we still want to be MCITPs, but in the world of SQL Server 2012, we will need to learn a hell of a lot new stuff. Period. What’s good though is that this “new stuff” has always been important for us as data professionals – database design, querying and modifying data and database objects, designing database solutions – be they for OLTP or OLAP workloads and now Microsoft just says: “You wanna go up and be relevant in the current marketplace – there are a must dos. It’s your choice whether you will go for them or not.”… and I love someone challenging me this way.
The game is now changed, guys, and I am loving it. What about you?
@Microsoft Certifications, I will be back stronger…