How valuable are certifications?

(This essay appeared in our latest SQLskills Insider newsletter over the weekend and generated such a lot of discussion that I thought I'd share it with all of you who just read my blog. I've added a few points at the end too.) There’s constant debate in the SQL Server community about whether the current certifications are […]

Internals, Design, and Performance class in Chicago in May

A few weeks ago Kimberly did a blog post survey about which city in the US you'd like to see us come to with our next Immersion Event and there were two that stood out: Chicago, IL and Tampa, FL. We looked into the logistics of putting on an event at each location and we ended up […]

Do changes to index keys really do in-place updates?

There was an interesting discussion on Twitter this morning (started by my good friend Erin Stellato (blog|twitter)) about in-place updates for index records where the key value changes and the record remains on the same page. Various sources including the SQL Server 2008 Internals book (pg 361 – I didn't write or review that bit […]

All MCM free training videos now available

The final set of MCM training videos we recorded for Microsoft have been posted on TechNet and are available for download. For your convenience, I've created a page that lists all the videos, with links, grouped together to match the training classes we provide. These videos are designed to give you an idea of the […]

2011 comprehensive training curriculum, schedule, and details announced

After a lot of fine-tuning, we’ve come up with a comprehensive training curriculum to satisfy those looking for comprehensive SQL Server training. We’ve designed four week-long classes that cover everything we think you need to know: Immersion Event on Internals and Performance (5 days) Data Storage Internals, Designing for Performance, and Indexing for Performance Instructors: […]

Big changes to the MCM program and how SQLskills can help you

This morning at PASS our good friend Joseph Sack, who runs the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program, announced some sweeping changes to the SQL MCM program and how it look going forward. We at SQLskills have been deeply involved with all aspects of these changes and now I'm free to blog about them. […]