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2013 February

Tony Davis

Aversion to Version Control


Why shouldn’t we enjoy the benefits of distributed version control systems (DVCS) on Windows? I agree that we’ve made a start, now that, at last, we have a measure of integration into TFS and Visual Studio of Git, and with Atlassian porting SourceTree, their Mac client for Git and Mercurial, to Windows. This is fine […]

28 February 2013 2:51 pm by

Tip 2 expanded: Remove unused View Engines


Recently, I submitted a tip to Red Gate for their “50 Ways to Avoid, Find and Fix ASP.NET Performance Issues” e-book.  If you haven’t had a chance to download it, you should because it’s free.

27 February 2013 4:24 pm by
Phil Factor

Big Data and the Slough of Despond


“This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, […]

26 February 2013 1:21 pm by
Chris George

To Automate or Not To Automate…Is that the Question?


We all know that test automation i.e. the ability to run a bunch of tests automatically, not manually, and then release based on the results, is a good thing, don’t we? Effective automated tests provide insurance that the areas of your product that are tested are not broken from one build to another. It doesn’t […]

22 February 2013 11:30 pm by

Enjoying your lunch?


As I write this it is lunch time on Friday 22nd February. In two weeks time it will be Friday 8th of March and we will be half way through running the pre-con training day at SQL Saturday Exeter. Everyone there will be having lunch and talking SQL with some of the finest SQL Server […]

22 February 2013 1:19 pm by
Michael Williamson

Lightning talk: Kevin Boyle – Hybrid Mobile Apps


Kevin Boyle, one the people behind the Nomad extension for Visual Studio, recently gave a lightning talk telling the rest of Red Gate about hybrid mobile apps: We’re publishing videos every week, so feel free to subscribe to the RedGateTalks channel on YouTube to catch more videos as they appear.

20 February 2013 3:49 pm by
Michael Williamson

Lightning talk: David Simner – Security 101


In one of our recent lightning talk sessions, David Simner explained one of the many reasons why security is hard: We’re publishing videos every week, so feel free to subscribe to the RedGateTalks channel on YouTube to catch more videos as they appear.

15 February 2013 1:28 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Realism


“I need a database designed, which will not only clear up our current order processing issues, but will make our processing 1000% more efficient …” The manager had that charismatic gleam in his eye that makes you just about believe anything he says.  ”… and I know you guys can do it…”. Just as our […]

14 February 2013 4:49 pm by
Phil Factor

Microsoft Marketing Man wakes up


On waking up this morning, I re-imagined the idea of having a bath, which turned out to be a deeply immersive experience. A good scrub realized transformative benefits from the backend to the interface; my teeth lit up from an extensive and profound brushing; the list goes on. Soon, I felt I’d maximized my identity-related […]

12 February 2013 12:46 pm by
Ben Emmett

Doh! This is why we run beta programs


I’m a big believer in sharing beta software with users as early as possible. For our users it means getting to try new functionality months in advance of when they’d otherwise get it. For us it means mountains of hugely valuable feedback, which helps make the software better for users before the final release. There […]

6 February 2013 5:11 pm by
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