Arthur Olcot

Arthur OlcotSQL Server Database Developer/Administrator. (MCITP Database Administration 2005 & 2008, MCITP Database Developer 2005 & 2008, MCDBA/MCSE). Background in developing OLTP/document based databases, SQLXML and performance tuning. Loves to read subject matter related books and blogs, but not a fast reader though!

I hope to create a number of interesting blogs dedicated to SQL server specifically around XML and performance and I welcome your feedback on the content or the website itself.

....I have an unhealthy fascination for the SQL query optimiser!!

Currently Reading

Recent Blogs

  • Currys having apostrophe trouble

    Tags: Ramblings

    Before I start I just want to say that much of this post is mere speculation on my part and not specifically targetted at Currys. They just happen to be the catalyst and example for this post.

    A few months back I ordered a new tumble drier online from Currys to replace an aging one that my family have long outgrown and chose Currys purely because they were selling the model I wanted at the cheapest price that I could find online. No problems with the transaction (or the service that was to … more

  • Pluralsight = Essential Training

    Tags: Training, Pluralsight

    I've been aware of Pluralsight for a couple of years and as I’m always looking for very cheap or free ways to learn I made a resolution to check out Pluralsight this year to see what the crack is. That task was made a whole load easier thanks to Paul Randal passing on a free 1 month pass as part of one of his recent blog posts. So I signed up, watched a couple of courses and to say that I’m damn impressed with the site is an understatement.

    I read a lot of blogs and I’ve got … more

  • FIGlet SQLCLR ASCII Font Art

    Tags: FIGlet, SQLCLR, Fun, VS2012

    If you haven’t heard of the name before, you must have seen what it does at some point. FIGlet which was first developed in the ‘90s is a freeware large ASCII art generator which generates text from standard characters. It had quite a number of fonts contributed by others during the first few years but not many in recent years from what I can tell. Sure, it’s practical uses nowadays are somewhat limited but it is a great deal of retro fun and can still actually be … more

  • Basic RegEx in SSMS

    Tags: SSMS, RegEx

    Have you ever had that moment where you have gone "Geez.. I wish I'd learnt this stuff ages ago" after realising just how much more productive you’d have been since!! That happened to me recently after taking literally a few minutes to learn more about the find/replace regular expression option in SSMS.. It has long been on my list of things to make more use off (alongside powershell!) and although I have used regular expressions on the odd occasion in .NET over the past couple of years, I … more

  • And that is 2013

    Tags: Thoughts, Fun, Xml

    I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now and although I’ve never been a prolific blogger (and never will!), I like to get at least one post out a month. However next year I’m going to try to up my game a little with a couple of ideas that I've got to try and take my blog and contribution up a notch. There are very few things that are certain for everybody in life, and one of those is change. We all must change and embrace change to stay fresh and if you don’t change … more