The nice folks over at the SQL Data Partners Podcast, Carlos & Steve, talked to me and Chrissy LeMaire (of DBAtools.io fame) recently about what it’s like to build an open source project with the community. Here’s the episode: Building Community Tools – and you can listen to it while you read this. I really like how they edited it together, mixing their thoughts in with ours. Since the podcast, I’ve had a few other thoughts that I wanted to include. At first, you have to be consumer #1. Build something that solves a real pain for you every day.…Read
Careful observers may have noticed a few little icons at the top of Books Online pages recently: Click to see Books Online, because I know you can’t get enough of that The little round contributors icons take you to their Github profiles, like Rick Byham’s. The all link – well, that doesn’t actually work, because it goes here: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/sql-docs-pr/blob/live/docs/sql-server/what-s-new-in-sql-server-2017.md Which isn’t visible to the public. Yet. But note that not only is .NET open source, but even Azure’s documentation is open source. That’s right – you can make a pull request and update Azure’s equivalent of Books Online. So it’s…Read
Most older companies and people default to closed. They build things in private and discuss what they’re doing behind closed doors. “Collaboration” usually means by invite only. Most newer companies and folks default to open. They build things out in public in their Github accounts while conducting discussions in public Slack rooms that anyone can join. Even if they’re private Slack rooms, they’re open to anyone inside the company. (I’m making a sweeping generalization here. Of course there were people doing open source for decades, and IRC has been around for forever. But note that Github and Slack are both…Read
This year at the PASS Summit, I submitted one of my favorite abstracts, How to Think Like the Engine. It’s an introduction to SQL Server internals. I was really excited when the session was accepted – I love this presentation, and I figured the attendees would love it too. When the Summit schedule came out, I saw that I was in the largest room. That’s super-flattering, a champagne moment, because I wasn’t really expecting that. That room comes with a perk, too: a camera man doing a live broadcast on the web. It’s exciting to be going out live online, free…Read
Yesterday, we announced that we open-sourced a bunch of our SQL Server tools. I say “yesterday,” but I’m writing this weeks in advance because a lot of thought and planning went into this. Here, I’m going to give you the behind-the-scenes story as a small business guy. sp-Blitz and friends were successful. About five years ago, I launched sp_Blitz onstage at the PASS Summit. I wanted to really blow the attendees’ minds by giving them a tool that would make their lives way easier. It worked – that session was voted #2 of the Summit overall. That script inspired more scripts:…Read
tl;dr – get a $20 Amazon IoT button, hook it up to this open source iot-button-ec2-controller Lambda action, and turn on/off groups of tagged EC2 VMs. What Is the Amazon Dash/IoT Button? I’m a fan of Amazon’s Dash buttons – little $5 buttons that stick around the house next to stuff I can reorder from Amazon. When we’re running out of laundry detergent, Erika can just push the All detergent button, and more shows up in a day or two. You get to pick which Amazon item gets associated with the button, although not all variations/sizes are available. Before you buy a…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.