Monthly Archives: March 2015

Microservices and Databases

I ran across a post on microservices recently and was intrigued. I always like the idea of loosely coupled, independent items in software. However the idea of microservices causes issues with databases. Here’s the section in the piece by Netflix: … Continue reading

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Source Code Security

I’m not surprised, and I had expected to read about something like this much sooner. Apparently someone at the ride sharing company, Uber, posted a security key online in a GitHub distribution. I assume this was some sort of code repository … Continue reading

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Toshiba Portege Z30 Review

I saw recently that Grant Fritchey wrote a review of his laptop, the Portege Z30. I had noted Grant’s issues with laptops and waited to see what he got last year before I replaced mine. I actually had the chance … Continue reading

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Software Engineering in Practice

I ran across a review of a developer’s first year at a company. The company is endjin and the poster describes their first year as a “software engineer apprentice,” which is an interesting way to look at one’s early career. While it’s … Continue reading

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The April Blogger Challenge

I’d encourage you to take Ed Leighton-Dick’s challenge to blog in April. Read his post, start writing, and put your post out there. Tweet about it, and be proud. However, if you’ve never blogged, I have a modification for you. … Continue reading

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Efficiency

This editorial was originally published on Oct 22, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is away on vacation. There was a debate recently about older IT workers and the fact that there is some age discrimination going on in … Continue reading

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tSQLt with TRY..CATCH

Someone asked me the question recently about how tSQLt works with TRY..CATCH blocks and the exceptions that we might test for. It works fine, just as it would with other code, but you need to understand that a CATCH still … Continue reading

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The Basic TRY..CATCH

Have you written a TRY..CATCH statement in T-SQL? I hadn’t done it for most of my career, since the construct hadn’t existed. As a result, my code over the years is littered with catching @@error in a variable and then … Continue reading

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Are There That Many GUIDs?

This editorial was originally published on Oct 12, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is away on vacation. Do a lot of people actually use GUIDs as Primary Keys? I haven’t used them much, and I would have thought … Continue reading

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Speaking at SQL Saturday #389 – Huntington Beach

I’ll be traveling to CA next month for SQL Saturday #389 – Huntington Beach as well as a Red Gate DLM training session run by Ike Ellis. I’m assisting Ike in running a Database Continuous Integration class. It’s a paid … Continue reading

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