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Caption Competition 25 – Held for Inspection


What wondrous magic is this? Something very small, or is he very large? Caption the scene with an ingenious quip in the comments and be in with the chance to win a $50 Amazon voucher.

26 March 2015 3:22 pm by
Tony Davis

PsGet I love you


Much of the versatility of PowerShell comes from its impressive array of modules, mostly contributed by the community. With a simple command, one can install a module to perform a Find-String, similar to grep, or one to integrate PowerShell with a version control system (PoshGit), or to install a build automation system (Psake). With another […]

26 March 2015 11:15 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Empathy


Every project I am on, there seems to be a common argument. The project manager is pushing to get done faster, and we software producers are pushing back for more “quality” time. Shouldn’t managers have more empathy for what we development-DBA types suffer in pursuit of high-quality data? Every cry of “how much longer is […]

24 March 2015 11:45 pm by
Damon Armstrong

Making PowerShell Output Readable using Out-GridView


On intermittent occasions I get to work with PowerShell and in my last bout with the scripting language I ran across an amazing capability that really makes reading the output of PowerShell much easier – the Out-GridView cmdlet.  You can pipe the output of a command to Out-GridView and the results are displayed in an […]

23 March 2015 12:20 pm by
Phil Factor

Converting XML files to YAML or PSON


The other day, I needed to convert a whole stack of XML files to YAML.  Actually , I would have settled for a conversion to JSON, but for some reason, the built-in cmdlet wouldn’t do it. I was trying to figure out a way of doing the YAML conversion when I suddenly remembered I’d actually […]

13 March 2015 2:37 pm by
Tony Davis

One Man’s Panacea is another Man’s Poison


It can be dispiriting when we see the IT Industry take genuine attempts to solve problems, and turn them into vacuous marketing opportunities, or ways of disguising IT cuts on essential services. If a codified set of practices gets a name, and visibility, troubled organizations often clutch it as a panacea for deeper problems of […]

13 March 2015 11:04 am by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 24 – The Shape of Things to Come


The world of tomorrow! What wonders are these two creating from naught but will, determination, and vast round of seed funding? What huge ideas pass between them in the crucible of genius? Caption the scene in the comments – as always, our favourite gets a $50 Amazon voucher.

13 March 2015 10:56 am by
Damon Armstrong

Fixing “An update error has occurred” When Modifying Alternate Access Mappings in SharePoint


A while back, I made  change to my SharePoint configuration to modify my alternate access mappings.  For some unknown reason, the mappings keep reverting back to their original state and when I go to modify them again, I get the following error: An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. The object […]

12 March 2015 3:38 pm by
David Pond

Has NoSQL finally crossed the chasm?


Originally published at DZone. NoSQL databases have been embraced by early adopters of technology, trendy startups and high-tech firms. Despite the promise of these new technologies, most enterprises have good reason to be wary of adopting them. Enterprises need confidence in reliability, a supply of skilled employees and great tools to ensure productivity. Two recent […]

9 March 2015 9:55 am by
Phil Factor

For the Love of Stored Procedures


It is an exaggeration to say that I like stored procedures. They are an essential if somewhat dangerous part of the Sybase and SQL Server landscape, rather like a volcano, bog or swamp. If you use a stored procedure in the same way as a procedure in any other language, you soon end up in […]

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