Let's go back for a moment:
I have heard about SQL Server the first time back in 2003 when I was on the high school and I had a database class. Was a slow start and, at that moment I haven’t imagined that would follow that path professionally.
At that time I didn’t even know that a community exists, but when I went to professional course (level IV - it’s a degree before bachelors) on 2006 that was based on Microsoft technologies, .NET (Web and Windows forms) and I had a database class using SQL Server 2000! That was when I started using more and more the internet for study, found some blogs posts and the SQLServerCentral. So I can say that I started consuming the knowledge from the community back on 2006.
A year later I started my intership in what was my first IT job. At the time I needed to work with a bit of everything but more focused on SQL Server development. The guy that was on my place before I arrived took a manager position but he was a big lover of SQL Server and I learnt a LOT from him! At the time he subscribed the SQLServer Magazine in paper! (later the name changed for SQLServer Pro).
[caption id=”attachment_1404” align=”aligncenter” width=”342”] SQLServer Magazine
October 2007[/caption] You can found the maganize archives in PDF format here.
During about five years I was a compulsive consumer of blog posts related with SQL Server development but most of the time was when I had a problem and wanted some guidance on the solution. During that time I haven’t shared too much knowledge on the internet.
Then, 2012, I went to my first SQL Port user group meetings and my first ever SQL Saturday, 115 Portugal. Those were my first real contact with SQL Server community and where I met some speakers and started to join the montly meetings regulary.
At 2015 I joined Twitter and decided that I wanted to share my knowledge even more. So after being approached several times I took courage and did my first public presentation for SQL Port user group in Lisbon and right after I submitted a session for SQL Saturday Oporto 2015 and I was accepted. You know, start small and grow…so I started talking in Portuguese for the user group and then went to SQL Saturday where I did the first public speech in English.
Now, we were in 2016 and was the first edition of TugaIT (the CFS is open for this year - Summer Edition) and at that time I was “just” a volunteer but I had a gut feeling - I have discovered, few months earlier, that dbatools was a thing and decided to go and talk with the creator Chrissy LeMaire - I had written a couple of PowerShell scripts to help me and decided to ask her if she has the intention to extend the module to best practices and we talk for like 1 hour, exchange contacts and started talking furiously about dbatools and then…I was doing a PR with a full command (Expand-DbaTLogResponsibly) and this was the time I felt I was doing my first “more international” contribution to the community.
Since then I have being more active on the community mainly with SQLServer and PowerShell stuff.
Some contribution points:
- Help organizing and also as volunteer on several user group meetings, SQL Saturday (Lisbon), TugaIT and also co-lead the Global Virtual Group Portuguese.
- Speaking on local user groups, Virtual Groups, national SQL Saturdays (Lisbon, Oporto) and international conferences like SQLGrillen, PowerShell Asia and SQLBits
- Contribution with multiple commands, improvements and fixes for some tools like dbatools, dbachecks and Microsoft's ReportingServicesTools
- Started this blog on September 2017 to write down some notes and, again, share with others.
- Active on social media like Twitter and LinkedIn
What you will do?
As you can see I didn’t born inside the comunity, I have grown because of it and decided to start giving back less then 3 years ago. It hurst? Nothing! It helps? A lot! Help me be a better professional? For sure, I have learned so much from many different sources and every day is a new learning day!
Thanks for reading.