Monthly Archives: April 2014

Speaking at Connections

I just got my acceptance to the DevConnections, SQLConnections in September for two sessions: Continuous Integration for Databases Maintaining High Performance When Using Encryption I enjoy the Connections events, usually finding time to go check out an ASP.NET or developer … Continue reading

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The Cardinality Estimator in SQL Server 2014 – Going Forward and Backward

I saw a talk from Joe Sack (b | t) on the cardinality estimator (CE) in SQL Server 2014 and found it very interesting. To be fair, some of the "how it works" isn’t something I care about much, but … Continue reading

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The Subtle Push to the Cloud

With SQL Server 2014 released, there’s the temptation to upgrade for many DBAs. However the licensing costs and debatable improvements in the product will temper the DBA’s enthusiasm with the reality of the ROI seen by management. While reading about … Continue reading

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Back to Work

After surgery Fri am, I’ve been mostly taking it easy, but now it’s back to work. Got kids to school and at the standing desk. Overall I feel good and can walk fairly normal. Other than this big brace on … Continue reading

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The Danger of Algorithms

There is a report that came out recently that shows how you can predict Social  Security numbers, an important piece of identity information in the US. This, according to this C|Net article, could result in massive fraud taking place if … Continue reading

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The Reading Poll

I’ve written and blogged quite a bit about how much I like reading, and specifically my experiences with the Kindle and e-readers. I started with “Should I Buy a Kindle?” last year, and have continued to update people with my … Continue reading

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Out for a day

I’m hoping I’m only out for a day. As I write this, I’ll be recovering from my ACL surgery, though hopefully only slightly limited in work. We’ll see. I’ve learned to hope for the best, but plan for the worst, … Continue reading

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Good Practices for Software Development

Would you post your password on a wall in your office? Of course not, because other employees, the cleaning crew, even guests walking around your office would be able to access your system with your account. When I read Brian Kelly’s … Continue reading

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Open Source the MCM

It’s over. There’s no more MCM program or certification from Microsoft. The last MCM test was given last year and no upgrades are planned for SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. That’s a little sad, though there are quite a few … Continue reading

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The Powershell Challenge Update

I’ve fallen down on my challenge over the last month. It’s been a content time, with me working more towards presentations and writing most of Mar and April to meet deadlines and commitments. I also let my calendar reminder die … Continue reading

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