I admit, I slid a touch on my weekly blogging goal. In my defense however, work has been focused on a relocating a data center which hasn’t gone quite as planned. So there has a been a couple of late nights. I’ve also been extremely busy working on training goals. Which has been tough in itself. Trying to improve SQL skills, looking at DevOps, trying to find time to brush up on C# and Python….that’s a bit overwhelming in itself, and a separate post all it’s own.

One of my personal and professional goals is to always be learning. Professionally, that means learning more about SQL and development. Both of which are very broad, and very deep, topics. Of late, my topic of interest in SQL has been indexes, performance tuning, and getting better at writing SQL. On the development side I’m still focusing on SQL, but I also want to get better at Python and C#…two subjects I haven’t really touched since completing school. Oh then there is my current obsession with DevOps.

How to do the learning

So how do I learn? Well there’s my Safari sub, then my sub to Brent Ozar training, plus all of those blogs in my RSS feed as well as the podcasts feed to name a few. I have to admit, there are times it feels over whelming. Then there’s the attempt at following Twitter and Stack Exchange, which I don’t do a very good job of. It seems I need to find a better system or take on less. Oh and then there is all the free training from the SQL community to keep up with. SQL Saturdays, monthly PASS chapters, and Brent Ozar’s Groupby.org.

I think what I need to do is come up with a system so I don’t start suffering from burn out. I have had to remind myself that I don’t have to learn everything at once, but find it hard sometimes not squirrel down a rabbit hole.

So if you have suggestions or a system in place that you wouldn’t mind sharing….I’d be all ears. In the mean time though, I think I’m going to have to work out a schedule and system. Maybe par down all the incoming information a bit.

 

 

Garland MacNeill, MSIT
Student of SQL – both as a DBA and a Developer
I am passionate about learning about databases.. After completing my graduate degree, my focus has been on gaining knowledge and skill as a SQL DBA, as well as a database developer.