I love SQL Server and the community that surrounds it. It’s so welcoming, open and accessable.
I’ve had a sort of organic progression of Microsoft products in my career. I’ve gone Excel Developer -> Access Developer -> SQL Server Developer -> SQL Server DBA (there’s some other products in there like SSRS but that’s the main path). I’ve never really felt comfortable with any of the communities around these other products but SQL Server is a different kettle of fish completely.
Finding the SQL Server Community slack channel was a great thing. I am the only DBA where I am (with loads of developers) and having people to chat to about DBA stuff is such a pressure release.
Also, check out the call for speakers at most conferences. It’s not unusual to have a ‘first timers’ track for people who want to get into speaking. Doing this isn’t a necessity but it shows how inclusive the community is.
I didn’t choose to stay with SQL Server because of the technology specifically (although I do enjoy focusing on performance tuning) but rather the community around it.
We’re going to use a Python library called Faker which is designed to generate test data. You’ll need to open the command line for the folder where pip is installed. In my standard installation of SQL Server 2019 it’s here (adjust for your own installation);
This is one of the features of Azure Data Studio that is great for accessibility as well as just being cool.
The default theme is your basic light theme. It’s fine but this isn’t the only theme you have to use.
Use Ctrl+k Ctrl+t to open the theme options.
Have a click through and see how they look when you’re editing code. It’s a case of choosing something that suits your style. My preference is the default dark theme but go nuts and choose one you like.
Oh, and if you’re a sadist, check out the Red theme