Tag Archives: software development

Better Comments

I assume most of your comment your code. Well, you probably comment code most of the time. I’d bet your comments have quite a bit of detail. And you do this completely inconsistently. That’s what I’d think, or maybe just … Continue reading

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Will Coding Be Less Important?

How many of you can read Greek? I can decipher the alphabet and pronounce words, but that’s about it. I thought about this after running across an essay that says that coding will eventually be as important to most people as ancient … Continue reading

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Taking Shortcuts

Many of us work in situations where we feel pressure to get work done at a pace that’s faster than we might like to move. In some sense, this is the nature of life, where customers and clients always want … Continue reading

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New IT Departments

I had a friend that used to run an Exchange system. Actually, he was part of a team of four that managed a 50,000+ mailbox system for a very large company. In 2000 or 2001, he told me that his … Continue reading

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Considering Other Views

I love my Pebble 2 watch. It’s simple, the charge lasts for days, and it does what I want out of a device. However, it’s a device that isn’t made anymore, and after a fall, I have a crack in … Continue reading

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Small Changes and Big Impacts

I’ve been doing some work with RLS lately (Row-Level Security). I think this is one of the most useful features added in SQL Server 2016, and I wish it had been available earlier in my career. I’ve had the need … Continue reading

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Great Developers Use Source Control

I was rewatching Ike Ellis (b|t) talk on the habits of Great SQL Developers from SQL in the City 2018, and his first item was “Use Source Control“. I happen to agree with Ike, which is why I’m writing this, and I … Continue reading

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Virtual Data

Yesterday I republished an editorial from 2014 for the holiday. The topic was production subsets of data, which has been something that many data professionals have struggled with for years. Many of us have built scripts to delete, change, obfuscate, or alter … Continue reading

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Customize Software or Process

Many of us work with software and often wish that we something was designed differently. I’m sure many of us feel the same way about our database schemas, which is usually even harder to change. In any case, we often … Continue reading

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It’s the Engineers

There are all sorts of articles and blogs on the Internet that try and teach you how to use a particular technique or technology to solve a problem. Plenty of this information is well written, and showcases the knowledge of … Continue reading

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