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Resources for Career Building. The Social DBA. 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?. Data Architect working in the field of financial information security

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