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DBA Jobs: Threats and Opportunities (Dear SQL DBA Episode 66)

Jobs change over time, and database administrator jobs are no different. In this 35 minute recorded Twitch livestream (my first ever!) I talk about threats to DBA jobs and the related opportunities.

It’s been a few months since I published an episode of Dear SQL DBA. I like the idea of doing future episodes with livestreaming on my Twitch channel, so I’m hoping to make this a regular thing again. The audio in this episode isn’t perfect, but I reminded myself that perfect is the enemy of good, and that sometimes it’s OK to be imperfect: people will choose if they want to listen or not. But I’ll work on getting audio quality back up in the next episode for sure.

And with that, here’s the recording:

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DevOps Terms – and Why They Matter to Database Specialists

In this 20 minute session, I define scrum, continuous deployment, test driven development, DevOps, and related concepts. I close with a quick discussion of why Database Administrators and Developers should care about DevOps.

Prefer to listen on the go? Subscribe on iTuneslisten on Google Play, or plug this URL into your favorite podcasting app: http://dearsqldba.libsyn.com/rss#

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Slides from the presentation

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Employee Agreements & Contracts: Best Practices (23 minute video)

So you’ve got an employee agreement in front of you: now what? In this  episode, I talk about practical steps you should take to make sure that you understand the terms of your contract, and how to potentially negotiate the terms.

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Video

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Employee Agreements & Contracts: Anti-Patterns (31 minute video)

When you take a new job in software engineering or in IT, within the paperwork there often lurks an employee agreement: a contract between you and your employer. In this half-hour live episode, I talk about why these contracts exist, and multiple anti-patterns you should avoid.

This is the first of a two part series. In the next episode, I’ll discuss best practices for understanding and negotiating the contract.

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Video (31 minutes)

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Dear SQL DBA: Remembering Robert Davis, DBA Hero

What makes a person a DBA Hero? In this episode, I talk about how Robert Davis made a huge impact on the SQL Server community, and the traits that Robert displayed that I hope to emulate.

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Links from the video:

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Dear SQL DBA: Why Don’t You Teach Service Broker?

To Broker, or Not to Broker? That is the Question

I’ve gotten a few questions about whether I recommend learning Service Broker, and recently I was asked if I’m planning to make any courses on Service Broker. In this 23 minute episode, I talk about why I personally haven’t become an expert with Broker, the factors that I believe play into Service Broker adoption, and other resources online for learning Service Broker in SQL Server.

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Dear SQL DBA: Training Resources for SQL Newbies

New to learning SQL Server? Get the scoop on free online resources to look up information, ask questions of community members, and learn SQL Server from the ground up.

Links from the episode

Clickable links are here.

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Got a question for Dear SQL DBA? Ask away.

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