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I got my first computer when I was 12 and became fascinated with all aspects of programming. After a wonderful college education at the University of Virginia, I spent a few years managing a nightclub before realizing that I really missed computing. I began my new career working with Netware at a nuclear power plant. There I was thrust into the very unstable world of SQL Server 4.2 on OS2 1.3 and 100 hour work weeks. I found I really enjoyed SQL Server and decided to focus my career in that area. I have worked with all versions since that time, primarily as a production DBA at all sizes of companies. During my career I became interested in writing in 1999, authoring articles in a few publications before founding SQLServerCentral.com with Andy Warren and MVP Brian Knight. Since then I have continued to work with SQL Server, primarily focused on writing and teaching others how to build better applications with SQL Server. I have authored over 200 articles on various aspects of SQL Server and T-SQL. Since 2004 I have expressed various opinions and thoughts about SQL Server and being a DBA with a daily editorial at SQLServerCentral.com. Since 2007 I have been producing The Voice of the DBA podcasts as well. In 2014, I was also selected as a D&B MVP.