Half a Year

Today is a holiday for much of the US workforce. Tomorrow is Independence Day, though we have another year until the sequel of the movie by that name. This is the day the US started down the road of becoming a country, and if you’re a US citizen, i’d urge you to take a few minutes and look back at our declaration.

Half a year is gone in 2015. It’s amazing to think that this year is already halfway gone. At the beginning of 2015, we had little information on the next version of SQL Server, though we had a preview of some features, like Row-Level Security (RLS), in January. Now we have CTP 2.1 and a lot of features that are being added. We’ve added some jumpstart links for Learning SQL Server 2016, so if today is quiet, check out an area and learn a bit about what’s coming.

We continue to see data loss incidents on a regular basis. It’s almost becoming a piece of news that we are desensitized to hearing. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but I don’t think the financial penalties are high enough to get companies taking it more seriously, or certainly not serious enough to ensure developers change their ways they build applications. If you doubt the issues here, read Troy Hunt’s blog. He regularly finds companies not implementing security well.

All in all it’s been a good year for technology and it’s exciting to see many products changing, technologies maturing, and more options than ever for building software.  I hope you have a great holiday weekend in the US, and a pleasant one elsewhere.

Steve Jones

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