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2012 October


Tom Lewin

How much is a subscriber worth?

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This year at Red Gate, we’ve started providing a way to back up SQL Azure databases and Azure storage. We decided to sell this as a service, instead of a product, which means customers only pay for what they use. Unfortunately for us, it makes figuring out revenue much trickier. With a product like SQL […]

30 October 2012 10:50 am by
Jeff Foster

Deliberate Practice

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It’s easy to assume, as software engineers, that there is little need to “practice” writing code. After all, we write code all day long! Just by writing a little each day, we’re constantly learning and getting better, right? Unfortunately, that’s just not true. Of course, developers do improve with experience. Each time we encounter a […]

26 October 2012 8:11 am by
Grant Fritchey

Hosted Monitoring

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The concept of using services to take the place of writing a lot of your own code goes way, way back in computing history. The fundamentals of the concept go back to the dawn of computing with places like IBM hosting time-shares for computing power that you could rent for short periods of time. But […]

25 October 2012 6:44 pm by
Michael Williamson

Lightning talk: Michael Williamson – Simple isn’t easy, or how to design the electrical mains in your house

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If you’ve ever wanted to see me take an excellent article on why electrical plugs should have three prongs and turn it into a lightning talk, then here’s the video (with apologies to the original author of the article):

24 October 2012 8:36 am by
Red and the Community

That’s a wrap! Almost, there’s still one last chance to attend a SQL in the City event in 2012

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The communities team are back from the SQL in the City multi-city US Tour and we are delighted to have met so many happy SQL Server professionals and Red Gate customers. We set out to run a series of back-to-back events in order to meet, talk to and delight as many SQL Server and Red […]

23 October 2012 2:55 pm by
Roger Hart

Another Marketing Conference, part two – the afternoon

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In my previous post, I’ve covered the morning sessions at AMC2012. Here’s the rest of the write-up. I’ve skipped Charles Nixon’s session which was a blend of funky futurism and professional development advice, but you can see his slides here. I’ve also skipped the Google presentation, as it was a little thin on insight. 6 […]

22 October 2012 4:46 pm by
Damon Armstrong

SharePoint, HTTP Modules, and Page Validation

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Sometimes I really believe that SharePoint actively thwarts my attempts to get it to do what I want.  First you look at something and say, wow, that should work.  Then you realize it doesn’t.  Then you have an epiphany and see a workaround.  And when you almost have that work around working… well then SharePoint […]

20 October 2012 2:45 am by
Roger Hart

Another Marketing Conference, part one – the best morning sessions.

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Yesterday I went to Another Marketing Conference. I honestly can’t tell if the title is just tipping over into smug, but in the balance of things that doesn’t matter, because it was a good conference. There was an enjoyable blend of theoretical and practical, and enough inter-disciplinary spread to keep my inner dilettante grinning from ear to […]

19 October 2012 1:41 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For A DBA: ESP

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Now I don’t want to get religious here, and I’m not going to, but what I’m going to describe in this ‘What Counts for a DBA’ installment sometimes feels like magic. Often  I will spend hours thinking about the solution to a design issue or coding problem, working diligently to try to come up with […]

18 October 2012 5:11 pm by
red@work

Red Gate does Byte Night 2012

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On the 5th of October 2012, a team of nine plucky Red Gaters braved the howling wind and the driving rain to sleep outside. No tents or mattresses were allowed – all we took for protection were sleeping bags, groundsheets, plastic sacks and Colin’s enormous fishing umbrella (a godsend in umbrella-y disguise). Why would we […]

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