Michael J. Swart

January 6, 2016

Some Changes for 2016

Filed under: SQLServerPedia Syndication — Michael J. Swart @ 8:00 am

So 2016 is going to be fantastic.

Regular Blog Posts

You’re going to see more content coming out of this site. Most of my posts are technical and they’re based on SQL lessons learned in a very busy OLTP SQL Server environment. I do my best to make each one accessible for everyone without shying away from tricky topics.

If the posts come too frequently, you’re going to be tempted to “mark all as read”. But I think most readers will easily be able to keep up with one post a week.


In 2016, you can count on a blog post every Wednesday. But how do you want to get them?

Via Twitter
If you found my site via twitter, consider subscribing if you want to keep up with this site.

If you’ve already subscribed to the RSS feed, you’re going to continue to get them as you always have, but the world seems to be moving away from RSS.

Via email (new!)
And if you want to get these posts in your inbox, I’ve set up a mailing list. There’s a link at the top of my web site for that. (The mailing list is new, I set it up with tips from Kendra Little).

Continued Illustrations

Those familiar with this site know that I like to draw. It’s fun to combine that hobby with the blog. And I’m going to continue to include illustrations when I can.

Now Using SVG
One change is that I’m going to start including the photos as svg files instead of png. Basically I’m switching from raster to vector illustrations. The file sizes are slightly larger, but they’re still measured in KB. If you do have trouble looking at an illustration, let me know (include device and browser version).

Have fun zooming! If you do, you get to see lots of detail (while I get to notice the flaws).

Talking About Parameter Sniffing

I wrote a talk on parameter sniffing called “Something Stinks: Avoiding Parameter Sniffing Issues & Writing Consistently Fast SQL”.

I gave the talk to work colleagues and I’m really happy with how it went. One No-SQL colleague even told me afterward “I miss relational data.”

You get to see it if you come to Toronto next Tuesday (January 12, 2016) where I’ll be giving the talk for the user group there. Register here.

Or you get to see it if you come to Cleveland for their SQL Saturday (February 6, 2016). Register for that here.

Cheers! And Happy New Year!


  1. I fondly remember when this was your New Years resolution a few years ago. The posts were fantastic! Looking forward to the new posts.

    P.S. Thanks for inspiring me to do the same last year.

    Comment by Scott MacLellan — January 6, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

  2. I’m glad my post helped! Totes signing up for emails from your site.

    Comment by Kendra Little — January 6, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

  3. I would be sad to see RSS go away. I have probably about 100 blogs I subscribe to, most of them just for sql, and RSS still seems the most efficient way to keep up with them all. If you had to guess, what do you think the world is moving to if away from RSS?

    Comment by Chuck Rummel — January 7, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

  4. Pictures are fantastic and informative as well, please keep posts illustrated that way.
    Good to hear that RSS is not going away.

    Comment by IL — January 11, 2016 @ 6:46 am

  5. @Scott, @Kendra Thanks guys!

    @Chuck, @IL
    RSS isn’t going away. Or at least not soon. Google trends tells us that RSS is not a fad, and it has a very very long tail. (BTW, this is a fad.)
    I think this is especially true for technical content. You’re absolutely right that for SQL Server content, I can’t think of a better way to consume content. That’s at least my preference.

    I think things like twitter, facebook and reddit is the default way to discover new content now. Especially for mainstream content. As fantastic as SQL Server is, it’s still pretty niche and so I’m sticking with my RSS reader too.

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — January 11, 2016 @ 9:14 am

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