Mark Holmes, also known as SQLJuJu, is a database administrator working in Mobile, AL. For the past 20+ years, Mark’s professional career has mostly revolved around data in some way. Positions including “the computer guy” , IT, development, database, and more have given him experience in:
- PC hardware (starting from the original IBM 5150)
- Networks (Anyone remember coax Ethernet? How about 300 baud modems, BBS’s and CompuServe?)
- Netware, Microsoft network and server OS’s – including the joys of TCP/IP and IPX/SPX protocols
- Windows 3.x-2008, Linux from pre-1.0 kernels through several distributions, and even OS/2.
- Databases and software that pretended to be a database, including Q&A, Paradox, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Access, dBASE, FoxPro (all of them), and SQL Server
- Programming languages including Visual Basic (VB6, .Net), C, C++, C# and related web technologies (classic ASP, ASP.Net, PHP and even some Perl)
Mark is involved in the SQL Server and Microsoft .Net developer communities in an effort to learn and share information within those groups. He is Chapter Leader of the Pensacola SQL Server Users Group which, beyond its monthly meetings, is currently organizing the 2012 SQL Saturday in Pensacola, FL. He also attends the Lower Alabama .Net Users Group (LANUG) in Mobile, AL.
The name “SQLJuJu” comes from being asked so many times to “work his magic” on a problem, combined with his personal philosophy said best by Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Legal note: In case it’s not assumed, all opinions expressed here are my own. Like most of you, I have an employer and work with various organizations – but I am not representing any of them here. -Mark