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2010 June

Damon Armstrong

Performance Considerations: Binary Serialization Efficiencies


We were meeting with a client recently who was experiencing some major issues with performance with one of their key applications.  Their staff had identified the issue as being a disk performance issue – there was simply a ton of data to read and write to disk and it was causing a huge bottleneck in […]

29 June 2010 1:11 am by

Using LogParser – part 4


Welcome to part 4 of this series of blog post about LogParser and apologies for the long gap since part 3, here we are are going to look at continuous data extraction. Previously we have covered starting with LogParser in part 1, how to query and filter data in part 2 and in part 3 […]

28 June 2010 9:00 am by

Swapping a spreadsheet for a sledgehammer


When the opportunity to help for the day at Darwin Nurseries came up, the main thing that attracted me was the chance to smash things up. Working in the Finance department at Red Gate, the opportunity to smash stuff up doesn’t arise often. Mostly I spend my days at my desk writing emails, looking at […]

25 June 2010 10:16 am by
Tony Davis

The Land of Milk, Honey…and Blancmange


For many migrant Oracle DBAs, SQL Server, or at least its support structure, must seem like the Promised Land: here is a well-documented database, supported by a vast landscape of practical, community-contributed content. It’s a credit to Microsoft that they have built such a solid set of tools, content and community-support around their RDMBS. An […]

25 June 2010 7:21 am by
Phil Factor

The ‘Turkey’ principle and the ‘Tethered Goat’ trick.

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Judith, a young manager, sounded very aggrieved when she spoke. “Here am I, wanting to prove my abilities as a manager, and nobody has told me what I should be doing”. I took a thoughtful sip of my Theakston’s Old Peculier. We sat in a dingy pub around the corner of the vast Imperial Bank […]

25 June 2010 4:49 am by
Bart Read

.NET Reflector Support: Is it possible to load different versions of the same assembly at the same time?


Unfortunately the answer to this is no: you cannot load more than one version of an assembly in .NET Reflector at the same time. If you try you’ll see the following dialog box: You will need to unload the first version of the assembly in order to load the second for the time being. We […]

22 June 2010 10:43 am by
Bart Read

.NET Reflector Support: Does the .NET Reflector Visual Studio add-in work with Visual Studio Express?


Unfortunately the answer to this is no: the .NET Reflector add-in does not support Express editions of Visual Studio, and hence the Pro debugging functionality will also not work with these Visual Studio Editions. This is because Microsoft forbids the creation of add-ins for Visual Studio Express in their terms and conditions. As an aside, […]

22 June 2010 8:47 am by
John Magnabosco

What If TDE Was Available In Standard Edition?

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Imagine a database that contained information about a company’s customers. Many employees depend upon this information to perform their daily duties. This information flows into this database like a waterfall of data. Reports are pulled to gain insight on the latest product sales. Automated processes kick off on regular intervals to feed other databases or […]

21 June 2010 5:30 am by
Laila Lotfi

Will HTML5 make Silverlight redundant?


One of the great features of Adobe AIR v2 that was launched this month was its support for some of the 2008 draft of HTML5. The HTML5 specification was started in 2004, but the full spec will probably not be approved by W3C until around 2022. One might have thought that it would take years […]

18 June 2010 7:37 am by
Alex Davies

Automated Error Reporting in .NET Reflector – harnessing the most powerful test rig in existence


I know a testing system that will find more bugs than all the unit testing, integration testing, and QA you could possibly do. And the chances are you’re not using it. It’s called your users. It’s a cliché that you should test so that you find your bugs rather than your users. Of course you […]

17 June 2010 12:23 pm by
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