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Robert Sheldon

SSIS in SSDT: The Basics

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a fast and reliable way of importing and exporting data, but it can be tricky to learn, initially. Rob Sheldon provides a beginner's guide to get you started with using SSIS with Visual Studio and SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). Read more...

Richard Macaskill

Clone, Sweet Clone: Database Provisioning Made Easy?

One of the difficulties of designing a completely different type of development tool such as SQL Clone is that you have to explain what it is for, but when its use is open-ended it can be exciting to see the novel uses that come out of the early-access program. Read more...

Grant Fritchey

Database Lifecycle Management: Deployment and Release

So often, the unexpected delays in delivering database code are more likely to happen after the developers initiate the release process. The necessary checks and tests can turn up surprises: The handover process can expose deficiencies. With good teamwork, planning and forethought, though, the process can be made almost painless Read more...

Chris Hurley

Strengthening the Foundations of Software Architecture

The term 'Architecture' seems to imply a plan that you can't easily subsequently deviate from. It's true that, if you abandon software architecture, you end up with a big ball of mud, but maybe the art of software is to make change much easier by planning how to implement each feature, tackling dependency issues, splitting functionality into small discrete components and considering how they should interact with each other. Read more...

Phil Factor

Measure of a DBA

Marketing people are often surprised when a new version of SQL Server doesn't quite generate the atmosphere of excited anticipation that they expected. After all, people seem to get themselves in a state of frenzy when a new iPhone is introduced. The urge to upgrade is hard to resist, but DBAs aren't like that. In this guest editorial, Phil Factor talks release-hype, and asks what feature announcements would set your pulse racing with excitement. Read more...

David Poole

The IT Manager's Perspective: People as an Asset

Information Technology is fast-changing, but the people who work in IT need to have a good chance of a long-term career. That means keeping up to date, not only in their current speciality, but in the wider sphere of the technology they work with. IT managers must make sure that keeping up to date with technology is part of the day to day activity of their people. How should they make sure it happens? Read more...

Nicolas Prigent

PowerShell Desired State Configuration: Automating and Monitoring Pull mode

The Pull mode of Desired State Configuration (DSC) is more complicated to implement because you need to meticulously manage the MOF files and their naming conventions so as to ensure that you deploy your DSC configurations correctly. In this first article of a two-part series, Nicolas Prigent describes how you can best automate this, and then in a second part on monitoring DSC he describes techniques to help you to use the pull mode as a regular part of your admin work. Read more...

Jon Smith

A Real-World React.js Setup for ASP.NET Core and MVC5

React is a front-end user interface library developed by Facebook, originally to help them improve their own site. Since then it has grown into somewhat of a phenomena, with many active users. In this article, Jon Smith provides multiple examples of how to use React with recently released ASP.NET Core MVC, and the existing ASP.NET MVC5 framework. Read more...

William Brewer

Planning for a Successful Database Lifecycle

Although it is well-known that the best efforts of a development team can be derailed by mistakes in the architecture, design, and general governance of a development project, few attempts have been made to describe what needs to be done to increase the chances of success in the development of a database application. William Brewer steps into the breach to itemise what a delivery team needs to succeed. Read more...

Laerte Junior

The PoSh DBA: Accessing SQL Server from PowerShell

The worst part of getting started with PowerShell for a DBA is often just figuring out the best way of working with SQL Server. The most suitable approach to accessing SQL Server depends on the sort of task you need to produce a script for. Laerte Junior aims at a simple guide to the most common approaches and when to use them. Read more...

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