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Tony Davis

Avoiding Continuous Disintegration


A build is a regular health-check for the database. If all is well, then automated builds will run regularly and smoothly. Assuming all necessary database and server-level objects have been accounted for in the build, the team will be confident that little can go awry as it is shepherded through the release process to deployment. […]

9 October 2015 9:47 am by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 39 – In The Drawing Room


An idyllic scene – but wait! Something’s not quite right. The funniest response nets a $50 Amazon voucher, and we’ll make special dispensation for any attempt to tie this to tech. There are cogs in this one and everything. We’re almost making it too easy

9 October 2015 9:41 am by
Damon Armstrong

Key Points to Know When Using SP.SOD.executeFunc and SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded


So there I was trying to get SharePoint’s script on demand (SOD) working correctly and I thought I had it all figured out.  I ran across a post called SharePoint Scripts on Demand which covers the topic very thoroughly, but there is some behavior between executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded and executeFunc that I don’t think is really clearly […]

5 October 2015 12:20 pm by
Tony Davis

The LeanPub Crawl


After many years as an editor, I’m finally working, rather apprehensively, on my first “lean publication”. This is a book that attempts to describe the importance of Database Lifecycle Management techniques in improving the quality of all database processes involved in the design, governance, development, delivery and ongoing operation of a database. Much like a […]

25 September 2015 12:21 pm by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 38 – Those Magnificent Men


Your task? To provide amusing, perhaps technology-related captioning for the scene below. Your prize? A cool $50 in Amazon vouchers. Good luck.

25 September 2015 12:20 pm by
Phil Factor

Soft Skills for the Developer


(Guest Editorial for the Simple-Talk newsletter) In the rush to recruit a developer to fill a gaping void in a development project, it is sometimes easy to forget the relative importance of the skills you need. We were building a complex middleware architecture based on SOA principles with distributed transactions. The task was daunting, and […]

11 September 2015 10:54 am by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Caption Competition 37 – Ex Libris


Live-action Cluedo? An overzealous scalp rejuvenation treatment? Tell us what’s going on – best answer gets a $50 Amazon voucher.

11 September 2015 10:54 am by
Stephanie Herr

Webinar Q&A with Dave Farley – Should your database be Continuously Delivered?


  With Dave Farley & Elizabeth Ayer, and host, Stephanie Herr If you want to check out our previous webinars, the recordings are available in our DLM Webinar playlist. Webinar Summary THE Continuous Delivery expert, Dave Farley, was grilled by Elizabeth Ayer, Redgate Product Manager about Databases and Continuous Delivery. Dave is co-author of the Continuous Delivery book with […]

10 September 2015 8:53 pm by
Amy Burrows

Locking objects in SQL Server


As my colleague James said in a recent blog post: “If you share a database with other developers, chances are you’ve encountered a situation like this: 1. Alice starts editing an object. 2. Meanwhile, not realizing Alice is working on the object, Bob unwittingly edits and saves the same object. 3. Alice, not realizing Bob […]

3 September 2015 12:19 pm by
Phil Factor

Typoglycemia: The PowerShell and the SQL


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
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