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T-SQL Tuesday #42–The Long and Winding Road

May 14, 2013

tsqltuesdayIt’s T-SQL Tuesday time, this month hosted by Wendy Pastrick who asks you to talk about the Long and Winding Road. Wendy asks us to talk about your job, your road map to the future, and what might be in store for you.

T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party on the second Tuesday of each month, hosted by a different person. You can participate by writing a blog post on the topic for the month and following a few rules that you’ll find in Wendy’s invitation.

If you want to host yourself one month, contact Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic).

The Long and Winding Road

I’ve been in the same job for about 11 years: the editor of SQLServerCentral as my primary role. About 6 years ago, Red Gate Software bought the site, and I now work for them. The job is mostly the same, though a couple things have changed over the years. Three years ago I made an effort to begin speaking more, both on technical topics as well as Red Gate software. I’ve had a busy speaking schedule across that time, and I’m scheduled for about 15 events in 2013.

That change in speaking for me, along with the SQL in the City events that Red Gate sponsors keeps me busy with building presentations and delivering them all over the world.

These events are designed to provide attendees with free training just like other conferences with one exception: we can talk about Red Gate tools. The sessions I do aren’t marketing talks about the tools, but rather presentations about things you should do in your environment, but I do show how the tools Red Gate provides makes these tasks easier. That’s the idea behind our tools: they make you more productive.

This year that has meant I’m moving a little bit away from the administration areas where I spent most of my career and back into some development work. I’ve been setting up Git and working with source control, learning about Continuous Integration, and more. Mostly this is to support the work Red Gate is doing on Deployment Manager, which I think is a great idea. It solves a lot of problems and hassles that I’ve dealt with when developing software. I’m excited, and looking forward to seeing how people like the tool, as well as watching it evolve based on feedback.

I have no plans to leave my job or Red Gate in the foreseeable future. The position I’m in is unique, and I don’t expect to move up, or around, in the company because of that, but that’s OK.

I have the best job in the world.

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