I’m starting off my SQL Saturday blog with the basics because I learn better when I write down the information for myself. Today’s post is as much for me as it is for everyone else. I’m aggregating a list of Microsoft SQL Server resources, places where questions can be asked or solutions found to common (and not-so-common) SQL Server problems. Let me know if there’s a resource you think I missed.
Micro-blogging service Twitter has a number of Microsoft employees, SQL Server book authors, and other authorities who monitor various hashtags for issues and questions. I prefer using the Tweetdeck application so I can monitor the hashtags in individual columns without much of a hassle.
Free Training / Organizational Support
SQL Saturday Code Camps
Pragmatic Works Webinars
PASS – 24 Hours of Pass – 24 hrs worth of webinar training. Current URL changes with each season / year.
PASS – Professional Association of SQL Server Membership is free. It’s a great support group with lots of networking opportunities and support.
Local SQL Server Users Groups (can be found through PASS website).
Google or (insert favorite search engine here) – Good for searching error message text or finding SQL Server Tutorials.
Watched Twitter hashtags include:
- #sqlhelp – for getting assistance with problems
#sqlserver – a general hashtag for questions or comments or general related conversation
#ssis – for SQL Server Integration Services
#ssrs – for SQL Server Reporting Services
#ssas – for SQL Server Analysis Services
#dbadmin – because #dba can also be used as “doing business as”.
Articles: (newsletters available)
SQL Server Central – Personal favorite of mine.
Simple Talk – also has a forum community and blogs.
MSSQL Tips – Also does sponsored free-training webinars.
Database Weekly – contains patch news and aggregated blog / article list of new items
SQLServerCentral.com – Rookie-friendly community dedicated to Microsoft SQL Server.
Tek-Tips.com – More than SQL Server, this forum has community support for hardware, software, server, PC, and operating system issues.
Microsoft Technet – Microsoft’s official help forums. Not very rookie-friendly, though.
Paul Randall – Worked for Microsoft. He helped build SQL Server. Now works with Kimberly Tripp at SQLSkills. (Updated 09/12/2012)
Kimberly Tripp – Worked for Microsoft. Knows a lot more than the rest of us. Now works with Paul Randall at SQL Skills. (Updated 09/12/2012)
Dave Pinal – People keep saying good things about his blog.
Gail Shaw (aka GilaMonster) – SQL in the Wild. Expert in database corruption and recovery. Knows a lot of other cool stuff too.
SQL Server Central Experts – People who contribute to the SSC community on a regular basis. There are too many to list individually.
BIDN – Business Intelligence Development Network. Lots of good people blog here, many of them belonging to consulting firm Pragmatic Works. Includes a number of Microsoft MVPs.
Microsoft Bug Reporting Website – A good place to check if you’re experiencing unexplainable problems. Maybe a bug has been reported that covers exactly what your problem is. Maybe you’ve discovered a bug that needs to be fixed.
FYI: I’m not a big fan of Tech Republic anymore because they seem to have changed from an article / advice newsletter format to a “let’s sell you stuff” format. Similarly, I am not a fan of Experts Exchange because they charge for membership and will not let you see their solutions unless you pay that fee.