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Damon Armstrong

Interactive Office 2010 Command Reference


I believe it was Office 2007 that did away with the old menu system and toolbars in favor the Ribbon, which is really just a toolbar on steroids.  Upgrading from a pre-2007 edition of Office to 2010 or 2013 can be fairly traumatic for someone who is highly proficient with the old interface, as it […]

28 December 2012 10:45 pm by
Chris George

Agile Testing Days 2012 – My Thoughts


Way back in my first post about Agile Testing Days 2012, I tried to explain my thoughts and journey leading me to attending this conference. I didn’t really know what, if anything, I would get out of this, but felt that I should at least try it once! Was it worth it? You bet your […]

21 December 2012 3:23 pm by
Simple-Talk Editorial Team

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Tester and Other Festive Arrangements


I don’t know what it’s like in your offices right now, but at the Simple-talk HQ, it’s that time of year when things start to wind down for a week or so. There is often a final flurry of blogging activity before all goes quiet until the New Year. O come, all on Facebook ‘Like’ […]

21 December 2012 11:55 am by
Chris George

Agile Testing Days 2012 – Day 3 – Agile or agile?


Another early start for my last Lean Coffee of the conference, and again it was not wasted. We had some really interesting discussions around how to determine what test automation is useful, if agile is not faster, why do it? and a rather existential discussion on whether unicorns exist! First keynote of the day was […]

12 December 2012 10:13 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA: Replaceable

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Replaceable is what every employee in every company instinctively strives not to be. Yet, if you’re an irreplaceable DBA, meaning that the company couldn’t find someone else who could do what you do, then you’re not doing a great job. A good DBA is replaceable. I imagine some of you are already reaching for the […]

11 December 2012 2:58 pm by

The best, in the West


As many of you know, I run the SQL South West user group and we are currently in full flow preparing to stage the UK’s second SQL Saturday. The SQL Saturday spotlight is going to fall on Exeter in March 2013. We have full-day session on Friday 8th with some truly amazing speakers giving their […]

8 December 2012 10:00 am by
Tony Davis

SQL Server Optimizer Malfunction?


There was a sharp intake of breath from the audience when Adam Machanic declared the SQL Server optimizer to be essentially "stuck in 1997". It was during his fascinating "Query Tuning Mastery: Manhandling Parallelism" session at the recent PASS SQL Summit. Paraphrasing somewhat, Adam (blog | @AdamMachanic) offered a convincing argument that the optimizer often […]

6 December 2012 4:51 pm by
Chris George

Agile Testing Days 2012 – Day 2 – Learn through disagreement


During Day 1 I kept on reading tweets about Lean Coffee that has happened earlier that morning. It intrigued me and I figured in for a penny in for a pound, and set my alarm for 6:45am. Following the award night the night before, it was _really_ hard getting up when it went off, but […]

5 December 2012 9:04 am by
Chris George

Agile Testing Days 2012 – Day 1 – The birth of the #unicorn…


Still riding the high from the tutorial day, I arrived at the conference venue eager to get cracking with the days talks. The opening Keynote was “Disciplined Agile Delivery: The Foundation for Scaling Agile” presented by Scott Ambler. The general ideas behind the methodology such as not re-inventing the wheel, and being goal driven, not prescriptive […]

4 December 2012 2:46 pm by
Chris George

Agile Testing Days 2012 – My First Conference!


I’d like to give you a bit of background first… so please bear with me! In 1996, whilst studying for my final year of my degree, I applied for a job as a C++ Developer at a small software house in Hertfordshire  After bodging up the technical part of the interview I didn’t get the job, […]

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