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2013 August

Tony Davis

Going with the Flow


Every so often, a new programming model or framework emerges, promising to tackle the burgeoning complexity of the software development process. This week, the potential savior of the sanity of web developers everywhere is an “Arcane Coding Method from 1970s Banking Software“. The arcane method in question is Flow-based Programming (FBP) and, at its core, […]

30 August 2013 2:27 pm by
Nirmal Sharma

Querying Any Registry Information on Remote Computers via Script


You can automate a number of manual tasks using scripts, a  command line operation is always faster than a GUI operation. Windows Registry has functioned as a big repository for the Operating System to store its static and volatile information since Windows 3.1! Many Windows Applications rely on storing information in the Windows Registry and […]

22 August 2013 6:06 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Patience

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One day, you are sitting at your desk, minding your own business. Your DBA colleague walks up and exasperatedly tells you that there is a query running 5 hours every day, and that the code is simply awful. After just a few hours of refactoring and tuning, the code could be repaired, blazingly fast, and […]

21 August 2013 8:52 pm by
Tony Davis

Taming the SQL Beast


The recent articles 10 Common Mistakes Java Developers make when Writing SQL and the follow-up, Ten More Mistakes… highlight some common crimes against SQL and offer sound advice. These mistakes aren’t restricted to Java programmers or Oracle. .NET programmers make them with SQL Server (see, for example, Plamen Ratchev’s Ten Common SQL Programming Mistakes from […]

15 August 2013 3:37 pm by

SQLBeat Podcast – Episode 10 – Brian Knight, Speaking Pragmatically on Pragmatism and Robots


I tracked Brian down at a recent SQLSaturday event in our home state of Florida and forced him into an empty dining room to talk about himself for almost 30 minutes. And to make matters worse, I recorded some of it and am posting it here. What starts off as a jab at my recent […]

14 August 2013 1:17 pm by
Alan Smith

Young Rewired State at Red Gate


The first week in August at Red Gate was certainly an odd one. While Red Gate are known in Cambridge for being a relaxed and friendly place to work, it doesn’t typically involve a group of nine 11 to 18-year-olds taking over a meeting room and drinking plenty of (the free) coffee! During the first […]

13 August 2013 9:06 am by
Rodney Landrum



On Saturday July 27 2013, 10:37 AM EST, I was sitting with a small clan of DBAs at the SQL Saturday in Cocoa Beach, Florida (you know, the place where actual rocket scientists live and work). A colleague had a serious issue with his laptop, on which was critical information for the event. Somehow, inexplicably, […]

12 August 2013 8:14 pm by
Ben Emmett

ANTS Memory Profiler 8 Beta Available!


This will be a short one: I want to let you know that ANTS Memory Profiler 8 is now available in public beta. The new version adds support for profiling .NET’s usage of unmanaged memory. If your .NET code consumes unmanaged APIs or legacy native code, or if you use 3rd party .NET components which […]

7 August 2013 10:39 am by
Phil Factor

Taming the spirit of the machine


Often, a programmer will wrestle with code stubbornly; expending herculean effort to conquer a problem of relatively minor significance. This is OK. Sometimes, developing an application is like training a wild animal, when it defies you and refuses to work, you can’t turn your back on it. You have to show who is boss. A […]

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