Should I get involved with GitHub?

At first glance you might think our podcast topic is from way out in left field; however, as you think about it there are a number of reasons we should be talking about GitHub.  Even if you don’t need a public source control repository for creating code, GitHub is becoming the preferred place for creators to publish their content and the ability to interact with other is extremely valuable.  In this episode we give some of our thoughts around getting started with GitHub and how it might differ from some of the other options out there.

Don’t forget to leave your ‘Tips and Tricks’ on the podcast page.  If we get enough submissions, we will start that new segment in January.

Episode Quotes

“Although it’s not directly a SQL Server thing, it’s one of those things that is really important to be able to understand.”

“That’s an interesting way to use GitHub because you’re almost using it as a distribution mechanism.”

“It’s probably the most popular repository now.”

“When people see public repo on GitHub it’s really just assumed that it’s there for community distribution.”

“As long as you’re using source control to keep track of what you’re doing and you’ve got the appropriate ways to distribute it, GitHub is great for that, but it’s not the only tool out there.”

Listen to Learn

00:12 Introduction about the episode topic (GitHub)
02:34 Companero shoutouts
03:53 What’s coming up: Tip and Tricks and Database Health Monitor Webcast
06:53 SQL Server in the News
09:55 Show notes links
10:42 GitHub as a repository for DBAs and IT professionals and other usage of GitHub
16:40 Private or public repository – pros and cons
24:41 GitHub licenses
26:38 The “Read Me” file
28:30 GitHub interaction (Browser, Desktop App, Bash Shell commands)
31:45 RedGate SQL Source Control, Visual Studio
35:15 Defining differing terminologies
35:55 Thoughts about using GitHub if you’re the only one working on a project?

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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