Quiet day on Monday - so I read.

Today will be a quiet day. I don't expect to meet with anyone except for my parents. I'm grabbing a few books that were mentioned over at the conference - Thomas LaRock's DBA Survivor and Grant Fitchey's SQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning. I'm likely going to bounce between DBA Survivor and Make the Bread Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese.

I'm in chapter 2 of DBA Survivor, and it's nice to see that the checklist of activities are ones that I already know about and do with some regularity at my job. I'm always comparing myself unfairly to my coworker, the DBA who has 25 years of experience being a DBA in different sized organizations, using Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle. I grow more each year in knowledge, and the more I grow, the more I feel like there is much more to learn and then become proficient in.

The thought for 2020 is to complete Brent Ozar's DBA Training course (Some of it I already know) and get fully certified as a Microsoft Solutions Certified Associate. By the end of the year, I ought to know for myself I have the amount of breadth and depth necessary to be a full fledged DBA.


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