My name is Daniel Mellor and I use the pseudonym SQLSanctum. I have worked in Information Technology since 2011, starting as a Business Analyst, to SQL Developer, to Database Administrator. I hold an MCTS certification in SQL 2008 and Security+ with plans to certify in Azure and SQL 2012 or 2016 if the tests are updated soon.
My career in SQL was purely accidental, as I graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. The original plan was to work in statistical analysis or to become an actuary. The job market was poor after college though, and many mathematics jobs require a graduate degree, which I was unsure about pursuing. I took a position with a Managing General Agent Insurance Company. Eventually there was an opening for a Business Analyst, for which I was recommended. The position included database work, and I was also able to learn a bit of web development. After that, I was hooked on SQL.
The main purpose of this blog is to force me to improve my technical writing skills, to be consistent, and to expand my knowledge for discussion topics when I am not sharing terrible experiences in technology.