Category Archives: Editorial

Avoiding Development Taxes

When I first worked in an environment where multiple developers needed to release software, I found too many rules and constraints for smooth development. The process was developed by one person, or for one application, and somehow expanded to encompass … Continue reading

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How Long Before You Upgrade?

This editorial was originally published on Apr 11, 2014. It is being re-published as Steve is out of town, with a few minor changes to dates and values. It’s 2017. SQL Server 2000 is 17 years old, but there are … Continue reading

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Should We Move to Azure?

This editorial was originally published on May 23, 2014. It is being re-published as Steve is out of the office, with a few minor editorial changes. Update: We made a number of changes last year, upgraded the forums, and have continued … Continue reading

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Physical or Virtual Storage

When I started working with SQL Server, every server had what we’d call das-dee, or DASD (Direct Attached Storage Devices). These were hard drives inside the same physical case as the rest of the Windows computer. I’ve added lots of … Continue reading

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Unstructured Data

Is unstructured data a bad term? I saw some data professionals complaining about this, saying all data is structured. That’s usually true. A CSV, even a ragged one has structure. XML and JSON have structure, even if it might vary … Continue reading

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Gigging for a Career

There are some people that like working for an organization, sacrificing some compensation and flexibility for stability and security. Others enjoy the chance to experience constantly changing environments and a rich variety of projects at the expense of regularly searching … Continue reading

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All DevOps All Day

There is no shortage of webinar events taking place for technology professionals. From our monthly Redgate DevOps webinars to the GroupBy conference to PASS Virtual chapters, there’s a huge set of online events that you can attend and learn from. It’s gotten to the point … Continue reading

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Software Patents

This editorial was originally published on Jan 30, 2014. It is being re-published as Steve is out of town. I highly dislike the current patent system in the US. I think awarding patents for an idea like “1-click purchasing” is … Continue reading

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The Cloud is Better In At Least One Way

Many people don’t see the cloud platform as necessarily better run than what they do in their local data center. That might be true, and certainly the caliber of people, their experience, responsiveness, and more can make a big difference … Continue reading

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A Double Dose of Trouble

It’s Friday the 13th, during the month of October. Halloween, a strange holiday associated with horrible events, and Friday the 13th, a bad luck day, are happening this month. Both are associated with horror movies, implying that this isn’t necessarily a good month for … Continue reading

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