I have always liked information presented to me in lists. Lists are simple, straight-forward, and to the point. If you are like me, then you may want to check out two sources of top 10 lists on SQL Server.
The first one is from PASS, while offers top 10 SQL Server links to articles on specific SQL Server topics. For example, Jack Corbett offers his top 10 links on using Profiler, Grant Fritchey offers his top 10 links on execution plans, and Brian Kelley offers his top ten links on security, among many other lists of specific links on a wide variety of SQL Server topics. If you are a PASS member (membership is free), you can contribute your own top 10 lists if you like.
Another favorite source of top 10 lists is from the SQLCat team at Microsoft. They offer a large number of top ten best practices on a wide variety of topics, some of which include: “Top 10 SQL Server 2008 Features for the Database Administrator,” “Top 10 SQL Server Integration Services Best Practices”, and “Top 10 Best Practices for Building a Large Relational Data Warehouse,” among many more.
If you don’t have a lot of extra time to study and keep up with SQL Server, checking out one of these top 10 lists every day is a great way to help maintain your on-going SQL Server education.