Grant Fritchey

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 30 years' experience in IT, including time spent in support and development. He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. Grant volunteers for PASS and is on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. He joined Redgate Software as a product advocate January 2011.

16 March 2011
16 March 2011

Supporting Large Scale Team Development

With a large-scale development of a database application, the task of supporting a large number of development and test databases, keeping them up to date with different builds can soon become ridiculously complex and costly. Grant Fritchey demonstrates a novel solution that can reduce the storage requirements enormously, and allow individual developers to work on their own version, using a full set of data. … Read more
11 March 2011
11 March 2011

Restoring Databases

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I like the way Mike Walsh phrased it: You’re Only As Good as Your Ability To Restore. Ain’t it the truth. You may be taking backups, incrementals, and log backups of your databases. You may have DBCC in place, and all that fun stuff. But if you haven’t restored the database, what do you have? … Read more
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10 March 2011
10 March 2011

Azure

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I’ve been tasked to learn SQL Azure, as well as test all the Red Gate products on it. My one, BIG, fear has been that I’ll receive some mongo bill in the mail because I’ve exceeded the MSDN testing limit. I know people that have had that problem. I’ve been trying to keep an eye … Read more
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09 March 2011
09 March 2011

I’m Seeing Red

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Hello World! My move into the world of Red Gate is more and more complete with my shiny, new, red, blog. The goal of this blog is not to compete with, or replace, my blog over at ScaryDBA. Instead, this blog is where I can share things I find about Red Gate products and services. … Read more
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12 November 2009
12 November 2009

Controlling Execution Plans with Hints

The Query Optimizer gets it right most of the time, but occasionally it chooses a plan that isn't the best possible. You can give the Query Optimiser a better idea by using Table, Join and Query hints. These come with a risk: Any choices you force on the Optimizer by using hints can turn out to be entirely wrong as the database changes with the addition of data over time. Grant Fritchey, in a chapter from his highly acclaimed book, explains further. … Read more
11 May 2008
11 May 2008

Execution Plan Basics

Every day, out in the various discussion boards devoted to Microsoft SQL Server, the same types of questions come up again and again: Why is this query running slow? Is my index getting used? Why isn't my index getting used? Why does this query run faster than this query?. The correct response is probably different in each case, but in order to arrive at the answer you have to ask the same return question in each case: have you looked at the execution plan? … Read more