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Tony Davis

Tony Davis is an Editor with Red Gate Software, based in Cambridge (UK), specializing in databases, and especially SQL Server. He edits articles and writes editorials for both the Simple-talk.com and SQLServerCentral.com websites and newsletters, with a combined audience of over 1.5 million subscribers. You can sample his short-form writing at either his Simple-Talk.com blog or his SQLServerCentral.com author page.

As the editor behind most of the SQL Server books published by Red Gate, he spends much of his time helping others express what they know about SQL Server. He is also the lead author of the book, SQL Server Transaction Log Management.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, football, contemporary fiction and real ale.

Rapid SQL Server Database Deployment

With the right tools, it is possible to rapidly deploy upgraded databases. By deploying early in development, it's easier to iron out any potential problems that the new deployment could cause in production long before it's time to actually release the software. Tony Davis explains. Read more...

Backup to the Cloud: The Silver Lining

Offsite backups are vital to data integrity, allowing for preservation and backup of data in catastrophic circumstances. Cloud backups have been around for a while, but are now really coming into their own. Tony Davis looks at how to get set up with cloud backups for restores and disaster recovery. Read more...

Eight Steps to Effective SQL Server Monitoring

If you need to start monitoring your SQL Server instances and database, and there are many good reasons to do so, Tony Davis gives you the eight essential steps to diagnosing problems quickly. Read more...

Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management views - eBook Download

This is the book that will de-mystify the process of using Dynamic Management Views to collect the information you need to troubleshoot SQL Server problems. It will highlight the core techniques and "patterns" that you need to master, and will provide a core set of scripts that you can use and adapt for your own requirements. Read more...

SQL Server, PostgresSQL and Fish Curry

An interview with Adam Machanic, discussing hot new features of SQL 2005, stored procedures, fish curry and more Read more...

Editorial: a Guided Tour of the new Simple-Talk

A whirlwind tour of some of the Simple-Talks's new features, including article commenting, blogs and forums. Read more...

SQL Bundle 5: the developer's perspective

Last month saw the release of the SQL Bundle 5. Here, some key members of the Red Gate development team offer insight into some of the major new features, and the technical challenges they faced in implementing them. Read more...

Editorial: a new Simple-Talk

By the end of May we will have launched a brand new version of the Simple-Talk web site. In this article, I explain my vision for the new site, and talk about the process I went through to get it to the brink of launch. Read more...

On Microsoft CTPs and long release cycles

Microsoft’s CTP program can result in higher quality, more usable, and more secure products— but when badly managed, it can also cause confusion and fuel doubt. Read more...

Blog Talk

Tony Davis D.R.Y. with SQL Scripts

Developers strive to write well-tested, reusable code with well-defined interfaces so that when they need to update the functionality, they need do so in one place only. It is the principle of ‘Don’t Repeat Yourself’ (D.R.Y.). However, it is common for developers to be poor at applying D.R.Y. to their own past work. When it […] Read more...

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