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The End of Support

With the accelerating pace of development and more frequent releases, we are seeing a bunching up of SQL Server support milestones. From 2008 through 2016, we had a new version every two years. Last year we saw another version, which … Continue reading

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The Figleaf Data Masking Beta

I’ve been using the Redgate Software Data Masker for SQL Server in a number of situations to help customers. This is a tool we purchased in 2017 and is a part of the SQL Provision bundle to make building safe, … Continue reading

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The Age of Multiple Databases

I can still remember learning to store data in files, reading one record at a time, testing for end of lines and end of files. It was slow and cumbersome, but for a teenager, it was amazing. We built applications … Continue reading

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Solving Ken’s FizzBuzz 3D–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I like the FizzBuzz test. It’s cute and fun, and I’ve had my kids solve it, just to think … Continue reading

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The MVP Award Looks Backward

I was awarded the Microsoft Data Platform MVP designation in July 2018. I’ve been honored to receive this designation since 2008, though the award doesn’t drive my work. I started writing articles to help others get better with their work, … Continue reading

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Back to #SQLSat Louisville

Next week is SQL Saturday #729 – Lousiville and I’m making the trip. This will be my third or fourth trip there, and I’m looking forward to the trip. It’s a nice town, I can visit some family, and lots … Continue reading

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AI Regulators

With the GDPR now being enforced in the European Union, there are plenty of companies that are getting concerned about the potential fines from regulatory authorities if they aren’t complying with the law, or at least, making an attempt. There … Continue reading

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Finding Inconsistent Key Values–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I was reading Iris Classon’s blog recently and ran across a post on her day at work. I think … Continue reading

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Code I Can’t Live Without–T-SQL Tuesday #104

Bert Wagner has a good invitation this month, a T-SQL Tuesday question about code, specifically code you can’t live without. I’ve got my thoughts below. This is a monthly blog party, and you can participate. Write a post on this … Continue reading

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Another MVP Award and a Few Thoughts

I got the news of my MVP award last week. I’m honored that Microsoft feels I do quite a bit for the community. This was my 10th or 11th, though I’m not sure since they changed around the award periods. … Continue reading

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