It is common at the end of the year to look back over the previous 12 months and think about what one has accomplished in professional and personal areas of life. We humans like to divide time up into measurable chunks and, when a new cycle starts, such as a new year, we often set goals for ourselves to accomplish before the cycle is completed. Often, we fail miserably, but sometimes we are successful.
2012 was another big year of change for me. Personally, I became the grandmother of two new grandchildren, Elliott and Gwen. I guess I can’t really take credit for those two! Professionally, I made the tough decision to leave Microsoft and join Pragmatic Works. Was that the right decision? I think so because I am so much happier than I was a year ago.
Earlier this year, the SQL Server 2012 certification exams were available as Betas. I took four exams and passed three of them. I thought that was pretty good, because I really didn’t even have time to look at the list of skills measured. I plan to take 70-463 for the first time next week and retake 70-465 soon. I still can’t believe the new certs are called MCSA and MCSE, though.
Of course, I did some writing – mostly blogs – this year and had several speaking engagements. I love working for a company that encourages community participation. It seems like ages ago, but Scott Shaw and I wrote the 2012 version of Beginning T-SQL this year, as well. Next year, you’ll see me continue to write and present. I plan to write at least one book next year, and I am tech editing a book right now.
Like everyone, I struggle with organizing my time and getting everything done that I need to do. Right now I am reading “Getting Results the Agile Way.” I’ll do a review of that book once I complete it.
So, next year I hope to really have a chance to dig in to internals and query tuning. Luckily, the SQL Server community is filled with smart people who love to share what they know!