Top 10 SQL Server Blogs at Microsoft
By Bill Graziano
on 26 September 2007
| 4 Comments
| Tags: Developer Sites, DBA Sites
I read dozens of blogs every day related to SQL Server and development. I decided to try and list the Microsoft blogs where I find the most valuable content. Plus I included some non-blog SQL Server sites at Microsoft that I think you should know about.
Product Web Sites
The place to start is the
Microsoft SQL Server
product web page. It's a great link to many of the other SQL Server
resources inside Microsoft. It also include information on features, the
SQL Server Edition Comparison and licensing details.
If you're a developer I'd suggest the MSDN's
SQL Server Developer
Center. If you're on the support side I'd look at TechNet's
TechCenter. You can also find
SQL Server 2005
Books Online and
SQL Server 2000
Books Online. You can even find
Server 2008 Books Online but it doesn't look very complete yet.
You can find additional information on the
SQL Server 2000 Support Site and
the SQL Server 2005 Support Site.
Both sites include an RSS feed of recent Knowledge Base articles that is
definitely worth a subscription. Both sites have "How To" articles, KB
articles, downloads and a variety of other resources.
The last Microsoft site is one of the most important.
Connect is where Microsoft gives
you a view and a vote into its bug database. You can file bugs, suggest
features and vote on their importance. As I sat in the MVP sessions at
PASS Microsoft again and again referred to feedback from Connect. If you
want your voice heard in the product this is the place. (Thanks for
reminding me Geoff!)
SQL Server Blogs
The list of blogs is longer and more varied. There are additional blogs
out there but many don't seem to be updated much at all. These are the
blogs I read that are updated regularly. The list is in the order they
appear in my reader (sort of random).
- PSS SQL Server Engineers.
One of the great experiences of PASS each year is watching Microsoft's top
support engineers present. Since they mostly deal with actual, running
SQL Servers I find their experiences closely mimic the community.
Their blog posts tend to be very practical and highly technical. If
you come to PASS I'd encourage you to visit the PSS Service Center and get
to know these people.
- The SQL Server Customer Advisory
Team (SQLCAT) sits inside the product team and works with Microsoft's
largest SQL Server customers and their most interesting installations.
They recently launch a new web site where
they provide great technical content. You can also find information on
their old blog.
- The ADO.NET Team Blog covers
all things client related. Lately they've been posting on the Entity
Framework and LINQ including a post titled
Entity Framework for DBAs which finally gives the perspective I've been
waiting for. You can view their older posts at the
Data Access blog.
- The SQL Server
Release Services also has a blog. They post on releases, service
packs, versions and end of support life issues. They didn't post much
in the beginning but they've been much more active since June. Of
special interest is their post
listing when support will end for the various versions of SQL Server.
- The SQL
Programmability & API Development Team posted pretty regularly up until
June of this year. Hopefully they'll get started again as SQL Server
2008 gets closer to release. They cover a variety of topics including
the CLR, procedure cache and XML.
- SQL Server Engine Tips is
published by the relational engine team. Posting is a little sporadic
but the information is great.
- I don't know exactly who runs the
SQL Server Performance
blog. They cover a variety of relational engine performance issues.
Their posts are usually very technical.
Query Processing Team was posting until June of 2007. They had
some great posts too! It seems a number of these blogs went dark about
the time the first SQL Server 2008 CTP was released. Hmmmm.
Hopefully they'll start back up again soon.
- The SQL Server
Storage Engine team also has a blog. It mostly seemed to be Paul
Randall posting. Here's hoping they keep the blog up now that Paul has
- And what list of blogs would be complete without the ever eclectic
Euan Garden. Here you'll
find everything from Data Dude to
SQL Server Myth Busters -- one of my favorite set of posts. You
certainly get a lot of Euan's character in his blog posts!
The worst part about writing a list is the sites and blogs I left out.
What other Microsoft blogs do you read on SQL Server? I'll post an update
once I have enough new material.