My name is Ed Leighton-Dick. I make software.
Welcome! The Data Files is a creative outlet for me and a way for me to share what I’ve learned with a wider audience. I hope you find something here that helps you.
I fell madly in love with code in 1983 and have been creating software ever since. I started professionally in IT in 1991 and have since worked as a help desk technician, developer, development manager, system administrator, and database administrator using a wide variety of languages and platforms. From 2006 to 2014, I worked as the database administrator for a mid-sized company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2014, I started a consulting practice, Kingfisher Technologies, focusing on SQL Server performance, architecture, and security. I have a penchant for performance tuning, data integration, and business intelligence.
In my spare time, I lead I-380 PASS, the local chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and organize our local SQL Saturday events. I’m also a frequent volunteer with PASS in other capacities, including Midwest Regional Mentor. I speak frequently at local, regional, and national events, including user groups, SQL Saturdays, Iowa Code Camp, and the PASS Summit. I hope to do more writing in the near future.
You can find me on Twitter at @eleightondick or by filling out the following form: