-specific sites"> Vendor-specific sitesThis is the spot for SQL Server troubleshooting. In particular, Microsofts TechNet corrals all the security bulletins a DBA needs to keep the exploits and night-sweats at bay. It also features IT community news about shows relevant to SQL Server users, such as the PASS Community Summit, as well as newsgroup listings. The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is a set of online and offline services designed to help developers write applications using Microsoft products and technologies. SqlJunkies.com is a collaborative community for developers to learn about building solutions using Microsoft SQL Server. The newly launched site was created by the founders of DotNetJunkies, Doug Seven and Donny Mack, who are themselves developers. SQL Server Central bills itself as the largest online community of SQL Server users, with some 134,260 registered members. Thats a lot of DBA, developer and user brains to pick. Its no wonder that your hard-working Database Center editor hasnt been able to pull her head out of the engrossing News and Forums spaces quite yet, but shes vaguely aware that the sites also full of other goodies. To wit: Its got a Test Center, a mondo newsletter archive, scripts, scads of articles, and columns from the likes of its head SQL Server guru, Brian Knight. Knight is an MCSE, MCDBA, is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and runs the local SQL Server users group in Jacksonville. Next page: Security sites.
The Oracle Technology Network is so essential to Oracle work that it rates a "Well, duh." OTN delivers Oracle minutiae straight from the horses mouth. Both in-house and outside Oracle gurus pitch in with blogs, articles and editorials. The Ask Tom section, although its been too burdened recently to take on more questions, is still a cornucopia of info, what with the questions already tackled. Oracle techies can also do essential housekeeping here, such as setting up notification for security alerts.