Monthly Archives: November 2015

NoSQL Complaints

I think that NoSQL databases are a really interesting set of technologies, however they aren’t necessarily a panacea for many problems, including scalability. There are likely some problem domains where a particular NoSQL technology might work better than an RDBMS, … Continue reading

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Python Command Line Calls

There was a time I worked in a company any we lived in the command line. This was in the early 90s, prior to Windows v3.1 being released and we primarily used DOS on a Novell network. We also had … Continue reading

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Test if a File Exists with Powershell

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as#SQLNewBloggers. Awhile back I wrote a PowerShell script (PoSh) to download the SQL Saturday XML files used for the Guidebook application. … Continue reading

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Just Say No

Just say no was a tagline from my youth. As I recall, it didn’t work well then, but I hope it will work better for a different audience and in a different context today. I was reading Brent Ozar’s note about … Continue reading

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The Biggest Data Breech (For Now)

I keep reading the words “the largest data breach in history” in a variety of stories. In fact, given the tremendous growth of data acquisition, I’m guessing that this headline will continue to repeat itself over and over. I think … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Subscriptions

Many of us that work with SQL Server do so exclusively through SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). I find so many people really do the majority of their jobs with SSMS, Outlook, and a web browser. Even back in 2003 … Continue reading

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Technical Debt

I was speaking with one of the development teams at Redgate earlier this year. They were working on a product, and had planned out a few sprints worth of work. Each sprint, called a train, was a couple weeks long, … Continue reading

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Branding Yourself for a Dream Job–Powerpoint and Questions

I had a few people ask about the deck, and I’ve uploaded it here: Branding Yourself for a Dream Job. I also had a couple good questions at the end after people had left, so I thought I’d put them … Continue reading

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Python and Tweepy

One of the projects that’s been on my list lately is to programmatically access Twitter for a few ideas I want to play with. Since I’ve been trying to learn some Python, I thought I would take a look using … Continue reading

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Shrinking the Budget

Most of us rarely have to build or manage budgets in our organizations, but almost all of us are affected by the budget process. It’s tempting to ignore budgets and just do your job, but sooner or later you might … Continue reading

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