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David Atkinson


David Atkinson

SQL Support for OSS Projects

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We recently blogged about two new open source websites, OSS Zero to Sixty and OSSPerks. Set up by Nik and Anthony, founders of Glimpse, they’re two sites dedicated to helping anyone looking for help, tips, resources and tooling for open source projects. Since then, we’ve heard about all sorts of exciting things the open source […]

25 September 2013 2:46 pm by
David Atkinson

Plug and Play Database Continuous Integration with TeamCity

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In a previous blog I describe in twenty one easy steps how to set up continuous integration using a combination of TeamCity and Red Gate tools. Okay, it’s easy only in a relative sense, giving that until recently database continuous integration was almost impossible to set up.  One would always suspect that a twenty-one-step process […]

23 July 2012 5:25 pm by
David Atkinson

How to restore your production database without needing additional storage

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Production databases can get very large. This in itself is to be expected, but when a copy of the database is needed the database must be restored, requiring additional and costly storage.  For example, if you want to give each developer a full copy of your production server, you’ll need n times the storage cost […]

28 May 2012 3:40 pm by
David Atkinson

The emergence of Atlassian’s Bamboo (and a free SQL Source Control license offer!)

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The rise in demand for database continuous integration has forced me to skill-up in various new tools and technologies, particularly build servers. We have been using JetBrain’s TeamCity here at Red Gate for a couple of years now, having replaced the ageing CruiseControl.NET, so it was a natural choice for us to use this for […]

21 May 2012 7:51 pm by
David Atkinson

List of resources for database continuous integration

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Because there is so little information on database continuous integration out in the wild, I’ve taken it upon myself to aggregate as much as possible and post the links to this blog. Because it’s my area of expertise, this will focus on SQL Server and Red Gate tooling, although I am keen to include any […]

9 May 2012 12:14 pm by
David Atkinson

SQL Server source control from Visual Studio

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Developers have long since had to context switch between two IDEs, Visual Studio for application code development and SQL Server Management Studio for database development. While this is accepted, especially given the richness of the database development feature set in SSMS, loading a separate tool can seem a little overkill. This is where SQL Connect […]

30 April 2012 1:16 pm by
David Atkinson

How the "migrations" approach makes database continuous integration possible

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Testing a database upgrade script as part of a continuous integration process will only work if there is an easy way to automate the generation of the upgrade scripts. There are two common approaches to managing upgrade scripts. The first is to maintain a set of scripts as-you-go-along. Many SQL developers I’ve encountered will store […]

26 April 2012 2:06 pm by
David Atkinson

Database continuous integration step by step

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This post will describe how to set up basic database continuous integration using TeamCity to initiate the build process, SQL Source Control to put your database under source control, and the SQL Compare command line to keep a test database up to date. In my example I will be using Subversion as my source control […]

24 April 2012 7:25 pm by
David Atkinson

Ever wondered what the Object Explorer Details window is for?

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Typically, when I install SQL Server Management Studio and run it for the first time, the first thing I do is to close the Object Explorer Details window. After all, it doesn’t seem to serve a useful purpose, duplicating information that already exists in the Object Explorer. However, I have discovered that it has one […]

24 April 2012 3:40 am by
David Atkinson

Using a SQL Prompt snippet with template parameters

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As part of my product management role I regularly attend trade shows and man the Red Gate booth in the vendor exhibition hall. Amongst other things this involves giving product demos to customers. Our latest demo involves SQL Source Control and SQL Test in a continuous integration environment. In order to demonstrate quite how easy […]

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