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James Luetkehoelter

Nearly any SQL topic presented at times in a slightly eclectic manner.

The devil in the details...

I haven't written a post in awhile, mostly because my fridge keeps falling on me and trapping me for months. Seriously, I've had some changes and have moved back into a permament position doing a plethora of activities (DBA to BI to AppDev and maybe even Sharepoint). I've found it at times frustrating, but very fulfilling experience. I've been out as a consultant/trainer/speaker/whatever for quite some time, and I often found myself dealing with very esoteric issues, or training people on fundamentals like how locking works, or just being thrown the most difficult scenario possible to try and resolve. I enjoy that, I always have. But what I discovered recently is that by doing just that, my skills to do day to day or basic code writing (syntax!!! - you will be my downfall!) diminished significantly. Juggling knowing PL/SQL vs TSQL vs ANSI SQL vs VB vs C# vs SSIS vs DTS vs Informatica vs SSAS vs Hyperion has really challenged me to get back to writing, well, very basic stuff.

I find myself improving, slowly, and my colleague Steve (who will probably respond to this with a sardonic comment :) ) will attest to the silly things I do. Miss a comma. Miss a closing quote. Forget basic techniques that I've taught years ago. He constantly hear's me mutter "Stupid James". We have a beer tally going, and let's just say he'll never have to by beer again in his life :)

Why am I saying this? It's to all you out there are that aren't authors, or trainers or consultants or MVPs (nothing against those that are - please don't come back and punch me in the nose any MVPs) really DO know the product quite well. Yes, there are others that need help - we see it on newsgroup posts all the time with questions like "Why is my transaction log filling the disk?". But there are so many out there that do the detailed work day in, day out that really deserve a shout out. Never, NEVER believe that there isn't something you can learn from a colleague. And companies and managers out there - your employees opinions about what to do are often more applicable to your situation than a consultant coming in for a day - value the people who work for you and get things done. Yes, we all know there are nightmare situations out there in the SQL world, but I think the people I'm addressing know who they are. Kudos to you all.

Published Thursday, December 04, 2008 8:09 PM by James Luetkehoelter

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Steve Novoselac said:

James, just remember, I like IPA's and Guinness :)

December 4, 2008 10:44 PM
 

Erik said:

I know how you feel, been doing the same here titled "solution consultancy". Basically helping customers with whatever needs they may have. One day its helping an IT manager for a tactical decision on future directions and an hour later I'm trying to help a colleague to write a lamda expression in C#. 2 hours later I arrive at another customer planning budgets for the comming period and shortly after continuing the training for the new BI developers explaining on best practices for dimension design in SSAS.

When ppl ask me what job I'm doing, I tend to give another explenation every time. Sometimes I whish I was for example a report developer but then again, I know I would hate it after a few weeks. So, I do like the multitude of hats I put on every hour of the day. Keeping up the pace on all the area's like custom development, BI, portals, CRM, ERP, .... is wel erh... nearly impossible... I wonder how this will end :) The good thing is that I seem to enjoy the ride. So remember during those hard times that you're not alone out there,

cheers,

December 5, 2008 3:41 AM
 

Alex Kuznetsov said:

This is a great post!

December 7, 2008 3:44 PM
 

Michael Swart said:

God is in the details

-- Mies van der Rohe

I love that quote. And thought it was appropriate.

December 8, 2008 9:35 AM

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About James Luetkehoelter

I am passionate about what I do - which is DBA, development, IT and IT business consulting. If you don't know me, haven't met me or have never heard me speak, I'm a little on the eccentric side. One attendee recently described me as being "over the top". Yup, that about says it - because I only speak on topics that I'm passionate about.
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