T-SQL Tuesday #59: My SQL Server Heroes

Aaron Bertrand

Published On: October 14, 2014

Categories: T SQL Tuesday, Career 0

T-SQL Tuesday

This month's edition of T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Tracy McKibben (@RealSQLGuy).

Since this installment of T-SQL Tuesday happens to fall on Ada Lovelace Day, Tracy tells us that our mission - should we choose to accept it - is as follows:

Ada Lovelace has been an inspiration to many. In keeping with my blog theme, let’s call her a hero. We all have our heroes, those people who we admire, who inspire us, who we strive to be like. Who is your hero?

I could call out the many people in the community who I admire and look up to, but it would sound like a who's who, and probably just embarrass them. They almost certainly already know it anyway.

This is going to sound pretty corny, but one of my SQL Server heroes is reading this post right now. Because my heroes - the people who truly keep me striving to be the best professional I can be - are the SQL Server community.

Ever since the first time I presented in front of a group, even though I think it was about 12 people, I have felt compelled to improve my understanding of how SQL Server works, and learn as much as my brain can process about the new features that come out in each major version. While I appreciate the side benefit of simply improving my own skills, I have done this more so that I can continue to contribute to the community - not just through speaking and blogging, but through fielding tough questions, too - and the prep that goes into all of those things. I learn something every time I present, write a blog post, or answer a question on a forum. And the rewards that drive me are the feedback (both positive and constructive), the thank you, and the light bulb moment. The MVP Award is just icing on the cake.

So thank you for helping me stay inspired and, in turn, keeping this circle spinning.

Aaron (@AaronBertrand) is a Product Manager at SentryOne, with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. He is editor-in-chief of the performance-related blog, SQLPerformance.com, and serves as a community moderator for the Database Administrators Stack Exchange. Aaron's blog focuses on T-SQL bad habits and best practices, as well as coverage of updates and new features in Plan Explorer, SentryOne, and SQL Server.


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