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2006 July


Dan J Archer

Exceptional service

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A constant niggle in the arena of computing is the way in which nobody takes responsibility. If your computer crashes whilst you’re, say, playing an online game, and you call the manufacturer, they’ll explain it’s probably a software problem, perhaps a driver you, the user, stupidly installed. If you call the driver vendor, they’ll explain […]

28 July 2006 10:54 am by
Simon Galbraith

England will never win the (Soccer) World Cup

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(As you can tell from the title, this post has nothing to do with SQL Server or running a business. I’ve put it here because if you can’t write a random, opinionated piece on your blog where can you write it?)   The England football team didn’t win the 2006 FIFA World Cup, they also […]

28 July 2006 6:36 am by
Simon Galbraith

Open Letter to the SQL Server Community about SQL Prompt

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There have been quite a few posts on the SQL Server Central forums about SQL Prompt, our tool for providing Intellisense for the leading SQL Server editors. There are still concerns about whether v2 is truely free and also about the quality and design of it. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=192&messageid=290553 The editor of SQL Server Central offered me […]

26 July 2006 4:33 am by
Damon Armstrong

Prefixing Database Tables

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Reviewing a database with 400 tables is no easy task, especially when you didn’t make the database.  It seems like it would make everyone’s life easier is if people would prefix their database tables in a way that helps group tables logically. For example, there are tables in this 400 table database specifically used for […]

26 July 2006 2:24 am by
James Moore

Microsoft Research

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I thought the Microsoft Research site deserved a mention as there are some great little projects on there. A pick of my favourites must include: AbsIL – the Abstract IL SDK – basically this gives you a AST of your assembly and a load of utilities for walking the AST and modifying it – there could […]

24 July 2006 6:57 am by
James Moore

Regular Expressions

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I have just spent the last hour or so trying to get a .NET’s regular expression to do what I want (matching a one of several possible keys followed by an = followed by a quoted string with possible escape chars in it – not difficult you would think). Unfortunately it seems every time you change platform or language you […]

18 July 2006 3:56 am by
Helen Joyce

Have your chance to influence the next version of SQL Backup

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If you want to be one of the privileged few people who will get chance to influence the development of the next version of SQL Backup then please email me (helen.joyce@red-gate.com) for more details. There’s a major upgrade of SQL Backup planned and while we are keeping a number of the big features under out […]

17 July 2006 4:27 am by
Damon Armstrong

The Innocuous NAD

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Language is a quirky thing.  I’m from Texas, so I speak American, Texan, and my six years of classroom Spanish have given me the ability to ask for beer and directions to the bathroom.  I say that I speak American because I’ve been told by all my friends from England that whatever it is we […]

17 July 2006 12:37 am by
Phil Factor

Had Tennyson been a technical Author…

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The Index: An Elegy (I have always wondered why nobody has written a book on SQL Server in verse.  To correct this lamentable gap in the market, I have been penning some stanzas.Here, as a sample, is a short verse on indexing) An index is used as a short-cut to dataa table will warrant one […]

16 July 2006 6:20 am by
Dan J Archer

Hoop jumping

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Although this may come as a surprise to some, as I work at a company which happens to produce simple tools for database professionals, I am not the world’s biggest fan of databases. “Don’t get me wrong”, as the poet said: they are extraordinarily powerful and highly necessary. Many splendid online games, in which I […]

14 July 2006 9:56 am by
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