This is day twenty-four of the SQL Advent 2012 series of blog posts. Today we are going to look at how to get help.

Help!Imagine if you were stuck with some problem in 1995, you didn’t have that many choices, you could ask the resident know it all at your job, you could lookup stuff in a book or you could go on the newsgroups and try to get help that way. These days there are many more ways to get help. There are many more books than in 1995, there are also a lot more whitepapers available these days. Twitter is a great way to get help as well if you use a special hashtag. Attend one of the many SQL Saturday events, there are always experts available who are willing to help you out with your problems. These events are held all over the world and there is a good chance one will be held near your town as well.

Forums/QA sites
Join a QA site like stackoverflow, head on to a specialized site on stackexchange, here is a list of all of them http://stackexchange.com/sites You can hit some of the forums on this site. For SQL server, you can also try SQLServerCentral

Twitter
Don’t be scared to ask for help on twitter, if you don’t know any of the SQL Server tweeple, use the #sqlhelp hash tag and ask for help, here is an example of what it looks like #sqlhelp
Here is an image of the replies on twitter after I asked a question with the #sqlhelp tag

Here is a small list of people with their speciality on twitter

Replication
Hilary Cotter
Ted Krueger

Mirroring
Robert Davis
Ted Krueger

Extended Events
Jonathan Kehayias

SQL Internals, checkdb
Paul Randal

Indexing
Kimberly Tripp

Storage
Denny Cherry
Brent Ozar

Optimizer
Paul White

Powershell
Aaron Nelson

SSIS
Andy Leonard
Jamie Thompson

Hardware
Glenn Berry

SSRS
Jes Schultz Borland

SSAS
Adam Jorgensen

T-SQL
Aaron Bertrand
Hugo Kornelis
Itzik Ben-Gan
Rob Farley

Start following these people and if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask them.

That is all for day twenty-four of the SQL Advent 2012 series, come back tomorrow for the next one, you can also check out all the posts from last year here: SQL Advent 2011 Recap