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Resources for career building

Resources for Career Building

The Social DBA


Purpose

Purpose

  • Why be a Social DBA?

  • How do I “join the conversation?”

    • Classic Information Retrieval

    • Social Networking Tools

    • Face-to-face Opportunities

  • Building a brand


Why me

Why Me?

  • Data Architect working in the field of financial information security

  • Prior experience as DBA and a reporting / database developer

  • Chapter leader of AtlantaMDF


How to be a social dba

How to be a Social DBA

Why Be a Social DBA?


What is a social dba

What is a Social DBA?

  • Brad McGehee (Red Gate) ebook

    • “Exceptional DBA”

      • Embraces Change

      • Enjoys Learning

    • Some coverage of Community Participation

      • Social Networking Sites

      • Professional Networking

      • Forums


What is a social dba1

What is a Social DBA?

  • A Social DBA is the database professional who learns through socialization.

    • Constructivism

      • Learner-centric methodology

      • Constructs knowledge

    • Experimentation

      • Willing to take risks

      • Shares both successes and failures

  • Correlation to the Exceptional DBA

    • Overlaps, but not exactly


The social dba

YOUR SKILLS ARE NOT BASED SOLELY ON THE KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE, BUT ALSO ON YOUR ABILITY TO FIND NEW INFORMATION.


Why be a social dba

Why be a Social DBA?


How to be a social dba1

How to be a Social DBA

Classic Information


Information search

Information (Search)

  • Books Online (duh!)

  • SQLServerPedia

    • http://www.sqlserverpedia.com

    • A common wiki for SQL Server

    • New, still accumulating information

  • SQLServerCentral

    • http://www.sqlservercentral.com

    • Well-established

    • Mix of articles and forums


Information browse

Information (Browse)

  • Google Reader

    • http://reader.google.com

    • Search for “SQL Server”

      • Brent Ozar

      • SQLServerPedia’s blog syndicator


Information ask a question

Information (Ask a question)

  • USENET (Google Groups)

    • microsoft.public.sqlserver…

    • One of the longest running sources

      • Heavily visited by giants of the industry

      • Can be political (i.e, wars based on rhetoric)

  • MSDN forums

    • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums

    • Better UI than Usenet

      • Filter, answer ranking, etc.


Information ask a question1

Information (Ask a question)

  • StackOverflow (and related sites)

    • http://www.stackoverflow.com

    • Very rich UI

    • Ranking system, experience points to posters

    • Wiki-style

      • Leads to interesting Q & A


How to be a social dba2

How to be a Social DBA

Social Networking


Twitter

Twitter

  • Instant Messenger on steroids

    • Follow “friends” who follow other “friends”

    • Party line metaphor

      • Join in the middle of several conversations

      • May not see where conversation began

  • Excellent Information Resource

    • Instant Answer

    • Tracking of trending topics


Twitter1

Twitter


Twitter2

Twitter

  • Several client applications

    • Web: http://www.twitter.com

    • Smartphone apps: All flavors

      • Windows Mobile

      • iPhone

      • Blackberry

      • Symbian

    • Desktop Clients: Windows, Mac, Linux


Twitter3

Twitter

  • Twitter is NOT

    • A storage mechanism for answering questions

    • A “professional” work environment

      • NSFW content

      • Virus/SPAM

    • The best tool for conversation

      • 140 characters

      • Inherently public

      • Lots of noise


Facebook

Facebook

  • Very popular Social Networking site

  • You “friend” people

    • See their networks, not their walls

    • Friends see (and edit) each other’s walls

  • Very rich application

    • Pictures

    • Videos

    • Games, etc


Facebook1

Facebook

  • Professional concerns with Facebook

    • No distinction between “friends’

      • Friends from high school

      • Friends from college

      • Business Associates

      • Professional Contacts


Facebook2

Facebook

  • Professional concerns with Facebook

    • No distinction between “friends’

      • Friends from high school

      • Friends from college

      • Business Associates

      • Professional Contacts

    • Social Timesuck

      • Application & Ad-centric

      • FB wants you to spend time on FB


Linkedin

LinkedIn

  • Professional Social Networking

    • Designed around career

    • Social Groups (forums, QA)

    • Connections (friend of a friend)


Meatspace

“Meatspace”

  • SQLSaturday (yay!)

  • Professional Association for SQL Server

    • National Summit (November)

  • Chapter meetings

    AtlantaMDF

    2nd Monday 6:30-9:00

    http://atlantamdf.com

  • Other disciplines

    • CodeCamps, GGMUG, Atlanta MSPros


Blending

Blending

  • Twitter BINGO!

    • Experiment at PASS Summit 2009

    • Tweeters volunteer to be prey

    • Games seek out tweeters and get code words

    • Guerrilla networking


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How to be a Social DBA

ESTABLISHING IDENTITY


Blogging

Blogging

  • Decide WHY you’re blogging.

    • Extra Cash? (use established site)

    • Name Recognition (use established site)

    • Career Success (slow and steady)

  • What’s in a name?

    • Domain Name

    • Your Identity

Inspired by Brent Ozar (http://brentozar.com)


Blogging1

Blogging

  • Be Yourself

  • Blog Once a Week

    • Make a Commitment

    • Weekly Updates are good filler

  • Post your Blog Entries on Weekdays

    • Weekend posts, people don’t read

    • Monday morning purge

Inspired by Brent Ozar (http://brentozar.com)


Blogging2

Blogging

  • What platform?

    • Domain provider will provide options

    • Software you can customize

  • Wordpress

    • Themes

    • Plugins (more later)

    • Tweakable AND Set & Forget

Inspired by Brent Ozar (http://brentozar.com)


Blogging tools

Blogging Tools

  • Windows Live Writer

    • Free

    • Allows you to post to multiple blogs

    • Word-processor style

  • Code Prettifiers

    • Simple-Talk SQL Prettifier

      • http://extras.sqlservercentral.com/prettifier

    • Instant SQL Fortifier

      • http://www.dpriver.com/pp/sqlformat.htm


Blogging tools1

Blogging Tools

  • Google Feedburner

    • http://feedburner.google.com

    • Formats your blog feed for RSS/Atom readers

    • Provides basic analytics

  • Google Analytics

    • http://www.google.com/analytics

    • In-depth analysis of visitors


Meta social tools

Meta-Social Tools

  • Ping.FM

    • Events on one service notify other services

      • Blog announcements

        • Twitter

        • LinkedIn

  • FriendFeed

    • Similar service, more interactive

    • Allows users to post back


Questions

Questions?

Stuart R Ainsworth

[email protected]

http://www.codegumbo.com

http://www.twitter.com/stuarta

http://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartainsworth


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