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Title: The Social DBA


1
The Social DBA
  • Resources for Career Building

2
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

3
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

4
Why Be a Social DBA?
  • How to be a Social DBA

5
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

6
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

7
  • YOUR SKILLS ARE NOT BASED SOLELY ON THE KNOWLEDGE
    YOU HAVE, BUT ALSO ON YOUR ABILITY TO FIND NEW
    INFORMATION.

8
Why be a Social DBA?
9
Classic Information
  • How to be a Social DBA

10
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

11
Information (Browse)
  • Google Reader
  • http//reader.google.com
  • Search for SQL Server
  • Brent Ozar
  • SQLServerPedias blog syndicator

12
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.

13
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

14
Social Networking
  • How to be a Social DBA

15
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

16
Twitter
17
Twitter
  • Several client applications
  • Web http//www.twitter.com
  • Smartphone apps All flavors
  • Windows Mobile
  • iPhone
  • Blackberry
  • Symbian
  • Desktop Clients Windows, Mac, Linux

18
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

19
Facebook
  • Very popular Social Networking site
  • You friend people
  • See their networks, not their walls
  • Friends see (and edit) each others walls
  • Very rich application
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Games, etc

20
Facebook
  • Professional concerns with Facebook
  • No distinction between friends
  • Friends from high school
  • Friends from college
  • Business Associates
  • Professional Contacts

21
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

22
LinkedIn
  • Professional Social Networking
  • Designed around career
  • Social Groups (forums, QA)
  • Connections (friend of a friend)

23
Meatspace
  • SQLSaturday (yay!)
  • Professional Association for SQL Server
  • National Summit (November)
  • Chapter meetings
  • AtlantaMDF
  • 2nd Monday 630-900
  • http//atlantamdf.com
  • Other disciplines
  • CodeCamps, GGMUG, Atlanta MSPros

24
Blending
  • Twitter BINGO!
  • Experiment at PASS Summit 2009
  • Tweeters volunteer to be prey
  • Games seek out tweeters and get code words
  • Guerrilla networking

25
ESTABLISHING IDENTITY
  • How to be a Social DBA

26
Blogging
  • Decide WHY youre blogging.
  • Extra Cash? (use established site)
  • Name Recognition (use established site)
  • Career Success (slow and steady)
  • Whats in a name?
  • Domain Name
  • Your Identity

Inspired by Brent Ozar (http//brentozar.com)
27
Blogging
  • Be Yourself
  • Blog Once a Week
  • Make a Commitment
  • Weekly Updates are good filler
  • Post your Blog Entries on Weekdays
  • Weekend posts, people dont read
  • Monday morning purge

Inspired by Brent Ozar (http//brentozar.com)
28
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)
29
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

30
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

31
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

32
Questions?
  • Stuart R Ainsworth
  • stuart_at_codegumbo.com
  • http//www.codegumbo.com
  • http//www.twitter.com/stuarta
  • http//www.linkedin.com/in/stuartainsworth
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