- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (March 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430227877
- ISBN-13: 978-1430227878
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a seasoned information technology professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a senior database administrator for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and database administrator. Thomas holds a master of science degree in mathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability Professionals Association. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), and is also a SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional". Thomas can also be found blogging at http://thomaslarock.com and is the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA (http://www.dbasurvivor.com).
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Top Customer Reviews
One of my favorite chapters was chapter 7 "Where is the buffet?" which went through some items such as unconscious eating, things that I had never thought about but once in the light realised there were things I could do to be healthier and better at my current position. There are great tidbits throughout the book on all areas from other big names in the DBA world which add to the spice of the book!
There are other chapters like Chapter 3 "Some Basics" which are more technical but still delivered with great simplicity. This isn't a bad thing as the reader has an easier time digesting the information given to them with real world examples and pitfalls that if not in the current situation might not be known. Thomas really does a great job through the book to keep the reading, even in these technical instances very light so that the reader doesn't feel bogged down with technical terms and complex models while retaining the information needed.
Overall, for the audience that this book was written, I would give it a 5/5. I greatly enjoyed my time reading this from the first page and had a hard time putting it down until the end!
I recommend this book for all those who are looking for quick start and wants to get working solution in very little time.
Overall, I'm glad I read it - it gave me some good info on a DBA's responsibilities.
Mr. LaRock has written an excellent non-technical guide that is full of tips and advice for junior DBAs and DBA hopefuls. This book will not delve into the inner-workings of SQL Server, but instead gives general problem-solving tips and all kinds of insight on what to expect while working as a DBA. He defines a checklist of what to do from your first day on the job, how to track your progress, and (arguably most importantly) how to deal with others. He also offers lifestyle tips for staying both physically and mentally healthy while on and off the job.