Rodney Landrum

Rodney Landrum went to school to be a poet and a writer. And then he graduated so that dream was crushed. He followed another path, which was to become a professional in the fun filled world of Information Technology. He has worked as a systems engineer, UNIX and network admin, data analyst, client services director and finally as a database administrator. The old hankering to put words on paper, while paper still existed, got the best of him and in 2000 he began writing technical articles, some creative and humorous, some quite the opposite. In 2010 he wrote SQL Server Tacklebox, a title his editor disdained, but a book closest to the true creative potential he sought; he still yearns to do a full book without a single screen shot, which he accomplished in 2019 with his first novel, Chronicles of Shameus He currently works from his castle office in Pensacola, FL as a senior DBA consultant for Ntirety, a division of Hostway/Hosting.

26 March 2007
26 March 2007

Mass Produced Beer and SQL

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I was on vacation last week. Ok, you may call it Holiday…but with four kids in tow to Orlando, FL to spend as yet un-tallied sums of cash, it is hard to call it relaxing.  The trip did afford me the ability to see the convention center in Orlando, the designated focal point of the upcoming … Read more
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14 March 2007
14 March 2007

Once Upon a Day to Day Basis

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This past weekend, after spending an unusually lengthy amount of time coding (as a DBA, I have trained myself to avoid extensive coding at all times) I noticed my brain had begun to juxtapose the iterative loops from the code I was working on to my speech patterns and normal cognitive tasks. Here are several examples … Read more
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12 March 2007
12 March 2007

Pre Occupied or Post Orbital

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I have professed or confessed or prefessed or postfessed previously that I would inscibe the ways I misuse or abuse the trust of the torch beaers of T-SQL best practices by myself practicing the black arts of inefficiency.  Even more, I have stated that I would provide the ellusive examples of such self-righteousness.  A few … Read more
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28 February 2007
28 February 2007

When When Situation

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I have been pondering best and worst SQL practices lately. When I was a younger man, I had a mentor tell me one time, specifically about a COBOL program he was writing, “As long as it works and works quickly…who gives a rat’s ass?” I have kept that with me, but have not always adhered … Read more
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19 April 2006
19 April 2006

Oncallogist

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I thought about titling every blog entry “FunnyTitle…and SQL” but judging from the responses thus far, which would equate to NULL, I am changing my approach. I was speaking to a colleage just now about the things you talk about when “on break,” to the point that it is too hot where I am at (Pensacola). … Read more
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10 April 2006
10 April 2006

Old Bands and Almost Famous and Working

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 As I type this I am resting on the gluteus trying to work on an exciting BI project that should bring to the surface otherwise fossilized remnants of data. This ozone friendly data, as it is touted in almost every BI webcast, will empower “knowledge workers” to make better business decisions. Having worked with the … Read more
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05 April 2006
05 April 2006

Hypnagogic Somnambulance and SQL

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I have been reading A Short History of Nearly Everything this past month. Yes, it took me a month, not because I am a slow reader, but because I typically find myself reading right before sleep and when the words begin to blur, the book falls to the floor unimpeded by any muscular reflex to … Read more
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