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James Gilmore

Reflector 9.0 Released: What We Learned About C# 6

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Last week we released .NET Reflector 9.0. As Ben Emmett explained in his blog post, we’ve been working on support for decompiling the new language features in C# 6 (as well as VB14). You’ll find more details about the release itself in the release notes, and for customers of version 7 or higher you can […]

27 November 2015 3:38 pm by
Jason Crease

Database Continuous Integration with SQL CI and Jenkins


DATABASE LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT PATTERNS & PRACTICES LIBRARY Continuous Integration Continuous integration (CI) is the process of ensuring that all code and related resources in a development project are integrated regularly and tested by an automated build system. Code changes are checked into source control, triggering an automated build with unit tests and providing early feedback […]

24 November 2015 2:55 pm by
Phil Factor

The SQL of the Feast Days of Western Christendom

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I've been intrigued for a long time by the Christian feasts. Nowadays, we start getting excited about Christmas around July, and it is considered by commerce to be fair-game as a de-walletizing activity from Halloween onwards. I would like far more feast days to get excited about. Our ancestors had so many feast days that […]

24 November 2015 12:30 pm by
Damon Armstrong

Missing or Invalid property value for $(MsDeployServiceUrl) Building SharePoint Apps


I was using an automated build to package up a SharePoint App when I received the following error: Missing or Invalid property value for $(MsDeployServiceUrl) I used grepWin to search through our project files looking for any references to this value and found none, leading me to initially believe that it was in fact missing.  […]

23 November 2015 8:22 pm by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 42 – Not to Alarm You


What could have caused this cataclysmic scene? And what might these two gents be discussing? Give us your best guess in the comments before December 3rd and, as always, our favourite caption wins a $50 Amazon gift voucher.

20 November 2015 11:14 am by
Tony Davis

Issue Tracking Systems: Good Servant, Bad Master


Over time, many bug and issue tracking systems decline into a graveyard for bug-reports, a place where problems are buried rather than resolved. I’m not a developer but even so, any mention of bug-tracking systems elicits unhappy memories. I was once one of the Business ‘stakeholders’ for a system. We performed user-acceptance tests to check […]

19 November 2015 6:22 pm by
James Billings

SQL Source Control and Git


In a recent blog post my colleague and SQL Server MVP Steve Jones said “It seems as though Git is taking the world by storm as the Version Control System (VCS) of choice. TFS is widely used in the MS world, but Git is growing, Subversion is shrinking, as are most of the other platforms.” […]

5 November 2015 5:28 pm by
Phil Factor

Late in the Day for a DBA


I first met Joe when I went to Woodworking evening classes several years ago. I saw him from across the room. He was at the lathe, turning a bowl. There was something about the careful, diligent way he was working that activated my DBA-dar. I approached him. “You’re a DBA, aren’t you?” I asked. He […]

5 November 2015 1:53 pm by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 41 – Spirited Solution


How have this bunch been driven to drinking? Tell us what you think might have happened and our favourite response will win $50 in Amazon vouchers!

5 November 2015 1:51 pm by
Dennes Torres

PASS Summit: U-SQL, Data Lake, Cortana, R, Polybase in two days

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You have read my previous blog and are not convinced yet that you need to go to PASS Summit next year ? Let’s try again, now I will tell you about all the new technologies of the last two days, giving you a good head start. R Language It’s very simple: Now SQL Server can […]

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