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Adam Machanic, Boston-based SQL Server developer, shares his experiences with programming, monitoring, and performance tuning SQL Server. And the occasional battle with the query optimizer.

Help Improve Our Roller -- What are the Best SQL Server Blogs?

One of the coolest things about SQLblog--aside from our bloggers, of course--is the roller feature. Here we aggregate posts from many of the best external blog sites, and give them to you in one convenient place/feed.  I've personally used this feature as my main source of SQL Server news, and haven't even turned on my blog reader software for several months.

That said, Peter and I first populated the roller's feeds over a year ago, and things have changed since then.  I just went through and removed all of the blogs that hadn't had a post in over a year, in addition to blogs that are mirrors of content that you can get from the main SQLblog feed--for instance, Louis Davidson runs an external blog and already mirrors his SQL Server-related posts to SQLblog.  No reason to also carry them in the external feed.  So I'm sorry Louis, but your Spaces blog has been removed from our roller.  Nothing personal!

Now that I've done the cleanup, I need your help.  What blogs are we not aggregating, that we should?  Please leave me a comment and let me know what we've missed.  We're looking for quality in addition to activity.  A brand new blog with three posts won't get added--yet.  But I'll certainly watch it.  And a blog with 20 posts a day but only one or two a month that are technical will also not get added.  I don't want to water down the roller or decrease the signal:noise ratio.  I also want to keep things up to date, so dead blogs with no recent posts won't be considered.

Since this is SQLblog I am mainly interested in adding SQL Server blogs, but I may be open to other related areas--ADO.NET, general database and/or data architecture, data warehousing, etc.  Anything that will add value to a SQL Server professional's reading list.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Published Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:51 PM by Adam Machanic
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Denis Gobo said:

July 10, 2007 2:22 PM

Glenn Berry said:

Well, I like my own blog, but I am probably biased...

July 10, 2007 2:55 PM

Whitney Weaver said:

I really enjoy Craig Freedman's blog

July 10, 2007 3:01 PM

Jamie Thomson said:

July 10, 2007 3:02 PM

Hugo Kornelis said:

Hi Adam,

Consider adding Louis' blog back in. He only crossposts the technical stuff, but I enjoy his less technical posts as well.

On the other hand, there are some blogs that were in the roller up until now that hardly ever have any SQL related content. You're probably going to ask me what they are, but I don't know. I often recognise them after clicking a link in the roller, but I don't take notes. If you wish, I'll post details when I stumble across them again (or maybe I should say IF I stumble across them again - maybe you already cleaned them out yourself....)

Best, Hugo

July 10, 2007 4:52 PM

Denis Gobo said:

A couple more

Steve McConnell's blog

Jeff Altwood (Coding Horror)

Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life

The Old New Thing (Raymond Chen)

Eric Gunnerson's C# Compendium

That is it ......for now

July 10, 2007 6:56 PM

Denis Gobo said:

And of course Scott Guthrie's blog

Check out the LINQ posts, good stuff!

July 11, 2007 5:23 AM said:

Why not I submit my own ones to share my knowledge over there.

July 11, 2007 7:30 AM

Olivier Moreau said:

July 11, 2007 7:57 AM

Alex Kuznetsov said:

July 11, 2007 8:24 AM

Adam Machanic said:

Thanks for the suggestions so far!  I'll read through them and see which ones we should include.

A few comments on what we have so far: A) Please actually look at the roller BEFORE making a suggestion--I see a few blogs listed that we already have.  B) English only, sorry.  We're an English-language site and anyway I can't possibly rate the content on a blog I can't read.

July 11, 2007 9:15 AM

WesleyB said:

July 13, 2007 6:14 AM

Adam Machanic said:

OK, I went through and added some of these blogs, as well as a couple of others I found on my own...  

Glenn: I'd be happy to add you, but your general signal:noise ratio for SQL Server-oriented material is a bit too low.  Can you create a separate feed for just your technical stuff (if you want to be rolled in to our roller) and send it my way?

Denis: thanks for all of the .NET blogs but I think they're too .NET and not enough data.

WesleyB: I will check out your blog next :)

Any more suggestions?  There must be more good blogs out there!

July 13, 2007 3:19 PM

WesleyB said:


I personally follow up on most of the MSDN blogs that are related to SQL Server.  

I've got a few of them on my list on  I have more in my feed aggregator if you like.

July 15, 2007 2:20 PM

PaulB said:

Chad Boyd has a great Sql blog on MSDN...and he's becoming VERY well known in the DC Metro area (as I've heard from fellow DB-folks in the area) for his local work with Sql user groups, code camps, etc...his hits on Sql topics from developer, to admin, to everything in between, and he also gets things OS/system related that impact Sql (like his posting on 3gb/pae/awe which is great)

July 17, 2007 1:20 PM

PaulB said: to his blog would probably help :-)...

July 17, 2007 1:43 PM

Brad Bowman said:

I have been doing this samething for over a year now and have over 300 feeds..

It started out just for personel use, but it is open for anyone to read!

I am in the process of redesigning the site so things wil be changing, check it out.

July 27, 2007 1:20 PM

Steve Vas said:

Check out

Its mostly filled with SQL content.

October 23, 2007 12:07 AM

steve said:

My blog is filled with sql server content. I'm shocked, shocked that it's not mentioned:)

And I can assure readers that they will not find similar content anywhere else.

After all how many people talk about a relational database and actually 'show' one!

There are those that do not like to hear what I have to say about their favorite database. This is, of course, a childish reaction that cuts off debate instead of fostering it. I would think the profession needs more courage to confront issues and less blind

loyalty. We are actually all interested in the same thing, to further the profession of database/application development. Patience as a virtue is highly overrated:)

December 16, 2007 8:30 PM

steve dassin said:

(Why should I hide?:) What a relational database is and what sql server isn't. Once you understand relational you will have even a better understanding of what sql server and sql is all about.  It is absurd that database professionals know next to nothing about the so-called foundation of their profession.

December 16, 2007 9:58 PM

Jack said:

I think i have got a great set of URLs



January 6, 2008 10:24 AM

Jason Massie said:

April 4, 2008 9:29 PM

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About Adam Machanic

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, sp_WhoIsActive. Adam has written for numerous web sites and magazines, including SQLblog, Simple Talk, Search SQL Server, SQL Server Professional, CoDe, and VSJ. He has also contributed to several books on SQL Server, including "SQL Server 2008 Internals" (Microsoft Press, 2009) and "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development" (Apress, 2007). Adam regularly speaks at conferences and training events on a variety of SQL Server topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and an alumnus of the INETA North American Speakers Bureau.

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