This post will help folks, where to get SQL help quickly from knowledgeable people. In other words, Where to get right books and website links, blogs and forums to improve their knowledge and to become an excellent DBA.
Recently I got an email from a developer and other folks too. And its encouraging me to write this post.
“Is it possible to get into DBA with development experience”
“Help on SQL is needed ASAP”
1. Web sites
Twitter #SQLHELP is a great place to get an answer as soon as possible. Most of the SQL gurus are there, to help you. I know some of guys don’t know how to use twitter (Initially me too) here is the twitter book of Brent Ozar. http://www.brentozar.com/twitter/book/
It’s a great website as well as a forum, where I have been learning and answering.
MSDN is Microsoft forum you can find great folks there.
For more SQL blogs visit my home page it has “Top SQL server blogs” widget links from the worldwide DBAs.
Here is list of best SQL server books and links. You can read and improve your knowledge yourself.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals
Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives volume 1 & 2
DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA
SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled
SQL Server Execution Plans by Grant Fritchey (Free)
Troubleshooting SQL Server A Guide for the Accidental DBA (Free)
3. User Group
Chennai guys, you can attend Microsoft Chennai SQL Server User group (CSSUG) sessions. It’s absolutely free http://sql-articles.com/category/cssug/ have conducted by my friends Vidhya Sagar and Deepak. I have attended three more sessions. See me here http://sql-articles.com/blogs/presenter-chennai-sql-server-user-group-september-meeting/
This post will update occasionally whenever I get new books and websites.