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2010 March

Phil Factor

Spolskism or Twitterism: A Doctor writes…

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“I never realized I had a problem. I just ‘twittered’ because it was a social thing to do. All my mates were doing it. It made me feel good to have ‘followers’; it bolstered my self-esteem. Of course, you don’t think of the long-term effects on your work and on the way you think. There’s […]

30 March 2010 5:58 am by

What if you could work on anything you wanted?


This week we’ve downed our tools and organised ourselves into small project teams or struck out alone. We’re working on whatever we like, with whoever we like, wherever we like. We’ve called it Down Tools week and so far it’s a blast. It all started a few months ago with an idea from Neil, our […]

30 March 2010 3:33 am by
Damon Armstrong

Debugging JuniperSetupClientInstaller.exe Problems


I recently moved from Windows 7 to Windows 2008 server so I can run SharePoint on my physical machine and not through a VPC, so I’ve been trying to get everything re-installed on my system.  As part of that process, I tried re-establishing a connection back to one of client’s corporate networks and their system […]

27 March 2010 4:57 pm by
John Magnabosco

Tough Decisions


There was once a thriving business that employed two Database Administrators, Sam and Jim. Both DBAs were certified, educated and highly talented in their skill sets. During lunch breaks these two DBAs were often found together discussing best practices, troubleshooting techniques and the latest release notes for the upcoming version of SQL Server. They genuinely […]

27 March 2010 9:08 am by
Rachel Potts

Help yourself (if you like)

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At Red Gate we enjoy talking to our customers. Really! If you’ve read recent blog posts by members of some of our customer-facing teams, you’ll have spotted the pleasure they take in their work. In case you missed those posts, here they are: From our Finance team: Finance: Friends, not foes! From our reception desk: […]

26 March 2010 11:40 am by
Laila Lotfi

Making the WPeFfort


Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 will be launched on April 12th. The basic layout looks pretty much as it did, so it is not immediately obvious on first inspection that it was completely rewritten in the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). The current VS 2008 codebase had reached the end of its life; It was getting slow […]

26 March 2010 11:27 am by
Clive Tong

.Net Reflector 6.5 EAP now available


With the release of CLR 4 being so close, we’ve been working hard on getting the new C# and VB language features implemented inside Reflector. The work isn’t complete yet, but we have some of the features working. Most importantly, there are going to be changes to the Reflector object model, and we though it […]

26 March 2010 6:29 am by
Rodney Landrum

New SQL Code Deployment Book and Damn I Need to Blog More


Select datediff(d,’02/19/2009′,getdate()) This value returned from the above SELECT statement  is 398 and that is the number of days since my last blog post.  As I was formulating my apology for this hiatus from blogging, it dawned on me that I also do not twitter (sorry tweet) and as apologies beget apologies, I then realized that […]

24 March 2010 8:33 pm by
Phil Factor

Ada and ‘The Book’


Despite Ada Lovelace’s fame as the inventor of the computer program, we apparently have no idea of the real subject of the mathematical work that engrossed Charles Babbage and Ada for nine years; a project they referred to only as ‘The Book’ The long friendship between Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace created one of the […]

23 March 2010 9:46 am by
Bart Read

Smartassembly 5: it lives! Early Access builds now available

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I’m pleased to announce that, late last week, we put out the first early access build for Smartassembly 5, Red Gate’s fantastic code protection and error reporting tool, which we acquired last September. You can download it via: It’s obviously pretty early days, so please do not try to use this to protect a […]

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