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2008 January


Jason Crease

Using the Exception Hunter Command Line to find All Methods that throw a given Exception

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Red-Gate’s new .NET tool – Exception Hunter – shows you the exceptions that can be thrown by a .NET method. However, many users would like to see this the other way round, i.e. pick an exception and see which methods throw that exception. We will endeavour to put this in the next version of Exception […]

31 January 2008 6:01 am by
Tony Davis

Katmai: Ship date or ship-shape?

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By now, most of you will have read the news of the delay in releasing SQL Server 2008. It all seems fairly typical Microsoft, though I wouldn’t want to be overly critical, even if the bizarre blog announcement, written in strangled Dalek-speak, was almost beyond parody (although Phil Factor had a good attempt).   In […]

29 January 2008 8:11 am by
Phil Factor

Microsoft Boy announces his School Homework

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Continuing in our series of attempts to imagine how Microsoft Marketing people relate to their fellow men outside work, we give you a glimpse of Microsoft Boy at school, before the start of his splendid career at Redmond.Scene: The History lesson in school. The teacher wearily calls Microsoft Boy to his desk to try to discover […]

27 January 2008 11:21 am by
Richard Mitchell

SQL Data Compare 6.1 – row level restore comes of age

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It took a little longer than expected but “By George I Think We’ve Cracked It!”. Towards the end of last year a bunch of us went out to go ice skating and otherwise spending the company’s money – which was nice, earlier in the morning I managed to fall off my bicycle and then when […]

24 January 2008 5:22 am by
Tony Davis

The Decline of IE and the rise of browser-based desktop applications

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Until recently, the Internet Explorer V8 group had been a pretty taciturn bunch. However, a few weeks ago, Dean Hachamovitch suddenly popped up with a blog entry announcing that the new IE8 browser had passed the Web Standards Project ‘Acid2′ test. The blog was full of aspirations about Microsoft’s commitment to standards, and their Acid2 […]

22 January 2008 12:37 pm by
Phil Factor

The Three Little Pigs in Java

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Once upon a time, in a land .far off  to the west of Krakatoa called Java, .there lived three little pigs. They were called by the unique identifiers John, jOhn, and johN. The first little pig was known to his devoted parents as piglet[0], the second as piglet[1] and the third as piglet[2]. Unfortunately the […]

22 January 2008 8:19 am by
Phil Factor

A great programmer.

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I sat back in my chair the other day, and my eye happened to fall on a bookshelf with some old A4 binders in it. The brain works in mysterious ways, well mine does certainly. I’d been brooding recently on the thought that the real breakthroughs in software are all made by individuals, not teams. […]

18 January 2008 11:01 am by
David Connell

How to write a Generator for SQL Data Generator 1.0 Beta

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In this article we will develop our own generator and understand the basic concepts and ideas behind developing generators for SQL Data Generator. Specifically we will write an ISBN number generator for SQL Data Generator 1.0 Beta, that can generate unique ISBN-10 style strings. You will see that writing and developing your own Generators is […]

15 January 2008 5:09 am by
David Connell

SQL Data Generator 1 (Beta) – Adding UK Style Address Generators

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We are currently running a Beta of SQL Data Generator, and some people have requested UK style data generators. So I have put together a small zip file that generates the following data:- UK Post CodesUK CountiesUK CitiesUK TownsIn order to install this add in, please carry out the following: Stop SQL Data Generator Download […]

10 January 2008 6:42 am by
Tony Davis

TSQL and the Tower of Babel

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It is always a bit of a strain to program in several languages at once. A simple task like writing a database-driven website will involve you in at least three, maybe more. The experience of diving into JavaScript, VB.NET, and TSQL, all at once, is one that most human brains aren’t, in evolutionary terms, designed […]

8 January 2008 8:11 am by
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