Welcome

Welcome to my blog. My intention is for this to be primarily dedicated to technical information related to SQL Server and related technologies, but I’ll warn you now I have a tendency to get distracted and off-topic from time to time.

I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is Tom Staab. I am a husband (to author Elisabeth Staab) and father to 3 wonderful boys. I started software development many years ago when my parents bought a TI-99/4A computer without any games. So I did what any teenager would do. I learned how to create computer games. I began my career in IT as a GWBASIC programmer in 1989. In 1996, I made the transition from DOS to Windows and databases when I began developing an application using Microsoft Access for Windows 95. The VBA functionality was far superior to what I had used before, but it was the introduction to databases that really had me hooked.

Fast-forward about 20 years, and here we are. I shifted my focus to SQL Server over 15 years ago, and I love it. Sure, the data geek in me makes it difficult to focus sometimes, but I have to admit I truly enjoy analyzing and solving performance problems. And that’s what you’ll see here. I’ll ramble from time to time. Most of it will be about SQL Server and whatnot, but I’m sure you’ll see the occasional bit about football or my kids or how much I don’t like the cold and am already looking forward to spring. Thanks for stopping by.

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