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Phil Factor

Typoglycemia: The PowerShell


Typoglycemia is the ironic name, (derived from Hypoglycemia) given to the phenomenon that many readers can understand the meaning of words in a sentence even when the interior letters of each word are scrambled. They appear to recognize words by the outermost letters, the length, the letters used and the context.  As long as all […]

30 August 2015 9:37 am by
Phil Factor

SQL Server: The Neglected Features

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Have you ever experienced that moment in an exam, frantically scribbling your answer to the final question, when the invigilator looks sternly across the room and says “time’s up, now cease writing and put down your pens”? I sometimes imagine this happening to the developers in the server division of Microsoft. SQL Server has several […]

28 August 2015 11:23 am by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 36 – Dutch Courage


The editors of Simple-Talk are not above a snifter of sherry (some even say it fires up the mind), but they’ve never studied it with the grim determination we see in the scene before us. The best explanation of what’s happening here wins a $50 Amazon voucher.

28 August 2015 9:28 am by
Robert Kovacsics

ANTS Profiler Beta: Profiling the Azure Emulator


The next releases of ANTS Performance and Memory Profilers will include the ability to profile Microsoft Azure projects hosted locally on the Azure compute emulator. We’d really appreciate your help giving us feedback. You can download the latest betas from the links below, and send any feedback to

17 August 2015 11:54 am by
Tony Davis

Building Databases: One Man’s Best Practice?


In software development, one man’s meat is often another man’s poison. We come across a technique and it works for us. We assume it will work in all contexts and publish it as a ‘best practice’. It fails to live up to its promise in other circumstances. As an example of this, a migrations-based approach […]

14 August 2015 12:54 pm by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 35 – Moonstruck


We all need a laugh from time to time, apart from this guy – he clearly has enough going on. But what exactly is that? The funniest caption left in the comments wins a $50 Amazon gift voucher.

13 August 2015 3:28 pm by
Dennes Torres

Be careful when exchanging old text field by varchar(max)


Image and Text fields are deprecated and should be replaced by varchar(max) and varbinary(max), but there are details about how these fields are stored that should be analyzed. All these types are called LOB types, types that store Large OBjects. However, there are a big difference between how the old LOB data types (text,ntext, image) […]

10 August 2015 2:46 am by
Ben Emmett

Beta release of C#6 support in .NET Reflector


.NET Reflector 9 adds support for the new features in C#6 and VB14 (as well as for .NET 4.6, which they relate to). There are numerous new language features, so as the Reflector team adds support for each of these features in turn, we will release regular beta updates here. You can download the latest […]

5 August 2015 6:30 pm by
Stephanie Herr

Webinar Q&A – The Definitive Guide to Database Lifecycle Management

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  With Grant Fritchey & Matthew Skelton, and host, Stephanie Herr  I was so excited to host our 4th webinar in the DLM Coffee Break series last week, and have a chance to talk to the authors of the new book from Redgate, “Database Lifecycle Management: Achieving Database Continuous Delivery.”  The book itself is actually being written on a […]

5 August 2015 2:53 pm by
Tony Davis

Getting the Measure of Your Application


The idea of ‘instrumenting’ an application often seems to puzzle application developers. Modern IDEs are so full of code-tracers, debuggers and profilers that developers seem to resent the idea that applications should be designed and developed so as to be measurable. The application’s methods need to be instrumented so that, on demand, the application can […]

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