Joe Webb

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Over the past several years, I've regularly blogged about SQL Server and other technologies, and sometimes about life in general. I enjoy sharing my experiences and love it when something I've written evokes a good conversation in the comments section of the blog. For the past couple of years, I've hosted my blog right here on SQLTeam with my good friend and fellow SQL Server MVP, Bill Graziano. Bill's a wonderful guy with a true passion for the SQL Server community. Recently I finally finished porting my professional web site over to a platform that allows me to host my...

posted @ Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:02 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

Carbonite's failures and the blog-o-sphere

Yesterday, I was catching up on some blogs that I regularly read and noticed one that got me to really thinking. It was written by fellow SQL Server enthusiast and blogger extrodenaire Brent Ozar. The blog posting, entitled Another backup failure: Carbonite, recounts and offers Brent's commentary on the relatively recent failures of online backup company Carbonite. The blog is interesting itself and well worth the read, but what I found most interesting was in the comments section. David Friend, Carbonite's CEO, found Brent's blog and responded to it by leaving a comment. Friend offered some additional insight...

posted @ Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:55 AM | Feedback (20) | Filed Under [ Misc Current Events ]

Things you know now

I was recently tagged by my long-time friend and colleague Kevin Kline in his blog post Things You Know Now. The thread originated with Mike Walsh, in his blog post also entitled Things You Know Now.  In his thread, Mike asks a simple, open-ended question: "It doesn't have to be DBA skills, but what do you wish you knew when you were starting?" As I began thinking about the things I've learned over the years, I realized that there are plenty of things I wish I had known 10 or 15 years ago. It was hard to narrow it down to just a...

posted @ Monday, March 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Misc ]

Welcome 2009!

Happy New Years! (noise makers sounding in the background, confetti and streamers softly floating down behind me). I hope you all had a wonder New Year's Day holiday. Now it's back to work. This fall was quite busy for me. I spoke at a couple of user group meetings, two conferences in two countries, and best of all received into this world a new son, Timothy. For anyone counting that makes four children for me and my wonderful bride of 11+ years. I also received word yesterday that I was re-awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP for 2009. It's the fifth...

posted @ Friday, January 02, 2009 8:36 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

The certification treadmill

Sometimes it seems that pursuing certification in a technology is tantamount to running on treadmill. On a treadmill you spend countless hours toiling away, working up a sweat and exerting yourself beyond what you thought you could do. At the end, you reap the benefits of your efforts; you're in better shape. The same could be said for preparing for a certification exam. You spend hour upon hour learning a new technology, expanding your knowledge much the same way you expand your lungs while running. And at the end, you've learn a great deal, passed a few exams, and you've...

posted @ Thursday, September 04, 2008 10:47 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Misc Current Events ]

Blogging and my new Twitter site

My good friend Kevin Kline recently posed a question on one of his blogs: what is the best frequency, depth, and type of blog posting? Are readers most interested in more thorough postings that are more akin to full fledged magazine articles, with the understanding that those will appear far less often since they are more time consuming to create? Or is it better to post more frequent, but perhaps less comprehensive postings? Most of these postings would be less than a few hundred words; at the extreme they could be almost Twitter-ish in length and content. I've been...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 6:44 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ Misc Community ]

What's the difference in a GDR, a Cumulative Update, and a Service Pack?

The nomenclature used for referencing software releases and updates can be quite confusing. Let's consider an example to illustrate what the various terms mean. As a new version of a product is being developed, it may be made available to select customers and community members for early testing. This is sometimes called alpha builds of the product. As development progresses and the product becomes more and more polished, it's provided to a wider audience. This used to be called beta releases; for example beta 1, beta 2, etc. However a few years ago Microsoft changed the terminology for SQL Server pre-releases. They...

posted @ Wednesday, May 07, 2008 11:11 AM | Feedback (9) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Misc ]

PASSing the torch

As many of you may know, for the past six years I've volunteered my time and energy to an organization called PASS - the Professional Association for SQL Server. It's a wonderful organization of highly dedicated, talented, and personable SQL Server professionals from around the world. My time on the PASS board began in January of 2002 when I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board created when a director resigned mid-term. I really enjoyed working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people and I sought re-election at the end of my first year. Now, three elections and...

posted @ Monday, January 28, 2008 8:26 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Misc Current Events ]

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