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2010 October

Tony Davis

SA no more!


Despite it being such an obvious security problem, developers still use the sa login, or assign sysadmin privileges to their Windows login, during their development work. Some take rather belligerent stance on this ("it’s my server; it’s not exposed to the outside world. What’s your problem?!"), but it seems to me that the majority are […]

28 October 2010 4:48 pm by

Looking for long term friendship


No, this isn’t some cheesy Singles column advert posted in the wrong place. I am seriously looking for some friends. People that, like me, share my interests and want to have conversations about hard drive partition alignment, index fragmentation, query optimisation SARGability, memory allocation and more without the person we are talking to glazing over, […]

28 October 2010 3:18 am by
Roger Hart

Lorem ipsum, 18th century novels, and a new Red Gate website


I came across three things a while back that made me smile: Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text An article in the Onion, gently needling the atrophy of reading and attention Big Graphic Blueprint Nathan Yau at Flowing Data pokes fun at design patterns A really slick piece of advertising making the […]

27 October 2010 10:54 am by
Damon Armstrong

Using SharePoint 2010 as a DataSource: Presentation and Source Code from the Tyson Developer’s Conference


I wanted to thank everyone who came out to my presentation. Below you will find the source code and the presentation slides from the talk.

25 October 2010 6:06 pm by
Chris Massey

The #1 Tip


The best IT articles and suggestions come from the grizzled front-line veterans, and the best grizzled front-line veterans are the ones who are willing to listen to the suggestions of their peers. Wesley David may not be grizzled, but he is on the proverbial front line, and has recently kicked off a series of articles […]

21 October 2010 2:02 pm by
Laila Lotfi

Take part in a short survey on Software Error Reporting


Are you programming in .NET? I would like to get your opinions on error reporting. I would really appreciate it if you could take 5 min to answer a short survey on the topic. Click here to take the survey: You’ll be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win one of […]

19 October 2010 5:25 pm by
Tony Davis

Best Practice and Judgement


Until the recent promise of generally-available broadband, the industry had to wrestle with the task of providing a solution to the problem of company staff with portable computers who have to view and update information in databases to which they are only occasionally connected. In the past, panaceas have been described in the technical press […]

19 October 2010 2:04 pm by

11 ways to celebrate a birthday


Another year flies by and Red Gate reaches the grand old age of 11. Here’s what we got up to on our big day: At the crack of dawn we decorated the office. Cara on Reception was then wished a happy birthday by visitors to Red Gate towers for the rest of the day – […]

18 October 2010 10:11 am by

Dynamic Management Views (High Performance SQL Server)

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(written by Louis Davidson (@DRSQL) and Tim Ford(@SQLAgentMan), published by Simple Talk Publishing 2010)   Firstly, this is a review of a book that I have only partly read. At the time of writing I am in the middle of chapter 4. There are lots of books about SQL Server and many of them are […]

14 October 2010 2:08 pm by

Getting hold of another PC


Being able to access servers and PCs from where-ever you are can be a great bonus if you happen to be at all mobile in your job or don’t happen to live in your office. If you travel between locations then getting on any PC and being able to work on one somewhere else can […]

7 October 2010 3:53 pm by
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