Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New SQL Tip on How To Find Bad Queries

In this video, I show SQL Server 2012 Profiler, Performance Monitor, and how to link the two together:

How to Start Reading SQL Execution Plans

This morning I watched Grant Fritchey's SQL Pass 2012 session about reading execution plans. I'd highly recommend watching it, or seeing it in person when SQLPass comes around again next October. Grant had this slide to teach us where to begin when reading the cache plan.

 In summary, Grant says that execution plans can be overwhelming, but if you start with these six things, you'll probably find what you're looking for.

 Grant also wrote this blog post, detailing the same information: Home of the Scary DBA - Execution Plans, Where to Begin

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chart Porn - Hans Rosling's Awesome Visualizations

Dr. Rosling discusses why calling it the third world or a developing country is not positively contributing to a positive discussion on world affairs.  He uses some amazing visualizations to prove his point:

Also, this visualization is free to use.  Dr. Rosling has made it available here: