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2011 September


Bart Read

Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 3 – Antoine Leblond’s Windows 8 Platform and Tools Presentation – Building an HTML5/JavaScript Metro App

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the […]

30 September 2011 4:01 am by
John Magnabosco

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Vol. 2

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The confetti and silly hats, which are quintessential standards of the celebration of a new year, had just been freshly packed away when an email popped up in my inbox. It was Kalen Delaney announcing the call for submissions for upcoming the SQL Server Deep Dives Volume 2 book. Potential authors were challenged to write […]

30 September 2011 3:36 am by
Tony Davis

Time for a rethink on SQL CLR?

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It is almost seven years since Microsoft announced the sensational news that, with their new SQL Server 2005, you could do data manipulation in Visual Basic or C# as well as SQL. The marketing people got overexcited, stabbing out clichés from their keyboards such as "new era", and "revolutionary". However, they had run off barking […]

29 September 2011 12:10 pm by
Bart Read

Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 2 – Julie Larson-Green’s Windows 8 Experience Demo

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the […]

29 September 2011 4:01 am by
Phil Factor

Presentations: On snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

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Ah, SQL Pass is imminent; and all over the world, people are preparing their presentations. There is great satisfaction to be had through facing a specialist audience. For the rest of the year, even devoted friends and family tire quickly of hearing your breathless account of the inner workings of execution plans and distribution statistics; […]

29 September 2011 3:59 am by
Bart Read

Notes from BUILD – Day 1 – Keynote Part 1 – Steven Sinofsky’s Introduction

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This is part of a transcription of my notes from Microsoft’s recent BUILD conference in Anaheim, CA, minus anything that might be considered Red Gate confidential. Thus, they’re somewhat unstructured, sometimes ramble off-topic, and often contain dodgy grammar. My own commentary and observations will generally be italicised so you can easily distinguish it from the […]

28 September 2011 5:45 pm by
Rebecca Amos

An interview with Jeff Moden – Exceptional DBA 2011

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He may call himself an “Accidental DBA”, but the many SQL Server professionals who have benefited from Jeff Moden’s knowledge and experience would agree that he’s more of an expert than he gives himself credit for. Jeff – Lead Application DBA at DiscoverReady, and a popular technical author – gave an interview on SQLServerCentral in […]

27 September 2011 3:31 pm by
Roger Hart

Pandas: below "C-level", and drowning

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Last week, at the Technical Communication UK conference, I did a little lightning talk. It wasn’t very nice. This is perhaps unsurprising, given that the session was billed as “rants” – an opportunity for people to get things off their chests. Boy, did I. In fact, my first line was more or less: “You’re sleepwalking […]

26 September 2011 4:50 pm by
Fatherjack

PASS UK Regional Mentor

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I have just had an email from Mark Ginnebaugh welcoming me to the role of PASS UK Regional Mentor. This was a role previously carried out by Simon Sabin but he has recently stepped down due to other pressures on his time so Chris Testa O’Neill and I have been appointed. There are 16 user […]

26 September 2011 10:32 am by
Grant Fritchey

SQL Azure Backup and the Command Line

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SQL Azure has no scheduling capabilities at all. If you want to schedule something like, oh, I don’t know, a backup, you need to use SQL Agent or some other utility. In order to make that work, you need to use a command line. I’ve recorded a video on how I set up a SQL […]

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