Monthly Archives: November 2017

Hit Refresh

I read Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh recently, and it was a very enjoyable book. He’s had an interesting journey and I do think he’s dramatically transformed Microsoft. The book is recommended. Anyway, the Microsoft MVP Program asked is MVPs would … Continue reading

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Certifying Schools

We’ve debated the value of schools in technology careers plenty of times on this site. I have been torn on the value of schools, and I tend to go back and forth as to whether I’d recommend them for many … Continue reading

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SQL in the City 2017

It’s almost time for SQL in the City 2017, coming Dec 13, live from Cambridge, UK. I’ll be traveling over to England for the event, and you can stream it to your office live. Once again, we’ll be presenting the … Continue reading

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Pluralsight for Another Year

One of the ways that I try to keep current and learn is through Pluralsight. I’m lucky to get a subscription as a Data Platform MVP, but I’m sure Redgate would pay for one if I didn’t. My subscription ran … Continue reading

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We Need DevOps for Performance

I read this nice piece on CosmosDB and setting performance levels. It covers how you set some level of performance for Request Units (RU) and CosmosDB handles the rest. Great, right? Set the level of performance you need and that gets handled. The … Continue reading

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Installing Pester

One of the things that I believe strongly in is that we need better testing of software. Actually, what we really need is better habits and understanding of how to test our software. I don’t think we need to test … Continue reading

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Watch Out for Automap in SQL Compare

I wrote a piece on SQL Compare and customizing the Automap feature. This was handy for me in a small project where I encountered drift and needed to fix the production side. In the article, I don’t map one of … Continue reading

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Practice Until You Don’t Get It Wrong

I wrote recently about a bad first day for an intern. He/she was fired, without cause in my opinion, when a production database was damaged while following a document for developer setup. The situation felt like a mistake, and one that … Continue reading

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Hardware Wrestling

A few weeks back I had some issues. They were related to this: My standing desk was down and as you can see, the power button for my machine is on the front, just above ankle level. In a few … Continue reading

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The Most Wanted Upgrade

I replaced the case on my desktop recently, though not without a few struggles. A damaged motherboard in the move, and then a DOA replacement caused me a bit of a headache while troubleshooting. Fortunately, I was able to get … Continue reading

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