Category Archives: DBA

A Useful Guide to Data Fundamentals from Fabian Pascal

Today’s blog post is a quick review of Fabian Pascal’s latest book The DBDEBUNK Guide to Misconceptions and Data Fundamentals. Those of you who know Pascal will know what to expect — a no-holds barred treatise on the fundamentals of … Continue reading

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Managing Database Application Performance

A database application requires constant interaction between various disparate computing resources to operate efficiently and according to specifications. Realistically, the tuning of a database application can be broken down into three components: system tuning, database tuning, and application tuning. All … Continue reading

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A Dozen SQL Rules of Thumb, Part 3

Today we pick up our three-part series of SQL rules of thumb (ROTs) with the third and final installment… You can think of these rules as general guiding principles you should follow as your write SQL statements… and we start … Continue reading

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A Dozen SQL Rules of Thumb, Part 2

Today’s blog post picks up where we left off in our three-part series of rules of thumb (ROTs) that apply generally to SQL development regardless of the underlying DBMS. These are the general guiding principles by which your SQL development should … Continue reading

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A Dozen SQL Rules of Thumb, Part 1

today’s blog post we will examine some rules of thumb that apply generally to SQL development regardless of the underlying DBMS. These are the general guiding principles by which your SQL development should be guided… Rule 1: “It Depends!” The answer … Continue reading

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Designing Applications for Relational Access

Application design is an important component of assuring relational database performance and efficiency. When performance problems persist it may become necessary to revisit application design. But redesigning and re-coding your applications can be time-consuming and costly, so it is better … Continue reading

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Evaluating Database Performance Management Tools

I just completed a four part series of articles for TechTarget on database performance management and the different categories of tools are used for managing database performance. The general goal of the series is to bolster organizations’ understanding   of the issues … Continue reading

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Data Modeling Concepts

Oftentimes organizations assign the DBA group the responsibility for data modeling, in addition to the more conventional physical database management tasks that are well-known DBA responsibilities. Of course, that does not mean that DBAs are well-trained in data modeling, nor does it … Continue reading

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Data Summit: A Trip Report

Last week I had the pleasure of attending, and speaking at, the annual Data Summit event in New York City. The event, sponsored by Database Trends & Applications, boasted knowledge-packed days of presentations on all things data. Day one started … Continue reading

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What Does the Latest Salary Survey Say About Data Professionals?

In the latest Computerworld IT Salary Survey (2016) 71% of IT workers who took the survey reported that they received a raise in the past year. That is a nice healthy number. For those of us who specialize in data and database … Continue reading

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