Tag Archives: software development

The Top 20 SQL Toolbelt Tips

Redgate produces some great software, and I’m glad that I get to use all of them as a developer and DBA. I use many of the tools each week, some daily, but I constantly find that there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Better Coding, More Savings

This editorial was originally published on May 13, 2013. It is being re-run as Steve is on holiday. I’m sure most of us would like to think that we write fairly efficient code. However the reality for many of us … Continue reading

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DBAs Need to Learn to Develop

This editorial was originally published on Jan 7, 2014. It is being re-run as Steve is at SQL in the City today. My first exposure to computers was as a child, learning to program in BASIC, Assembler, and Pascal. From … Continue reading

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DLM Automation–Making a Database Connection

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is dig more into the command line automation cmdlets from the Redgate DLM Automation suite. While there are plugins for many build and release systems, I should be able to customize, … Continue reading

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Held Hostage by the Database

Your database platform will constrain and limit the flexibility you have in evolving your software. It doesn’t matter which platform you choose, which type of database, or even the format for your data. At some point, you will be dealing … Continue reading

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Server Hardware or Coffee?

I actually chuckled out loud in my office recently. I was reading a piece about Expensify and how they learned some lessons from their database architecture over time. It’s a good piece, but at one point the author talks about … Continue reading

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Developer Deployment Frustrations

This editorial was originally published on Sept 7, 2012. It is being re-published as Steve is at DevConnections. Why don’t developers like SQL Server? Probably a few reasons, but I’m sure this is one that really frustrates them. I found … Continue reading

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A Software Warranty

This editorial was originally released on Oct 21, 2012. It is being re-published as Steve is traveling. Years ago I worked in a large company on the operations team. We were responsible for all production issues for the 6,000 people … Continue reading

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DevOps at Microsoft

I’ve been watching Microsoft for quite a few years, with my career being tightly intertwined with the company for 25 years.  I’m amazed by the way the company has changed in the last five years. It’s probably been longer than … Continue reading

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Capture the Flag

I’ve read a lot of science fiction in my life. Quite a few books talk about cyberspace and the interactions of humans and software. In Snowcrash there are AI systems defending systems. The Unincorporated Man series has AI systems that … Continue reading

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