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Robert Chipperfield

Accessing SQL Server data from iOS apps

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Almost all mobile apps need access to external data to be valuable. With a huge amount of existing business data residing in Microsoft SQL Server databases, and an ever-increasing drive to make more and more available to mobile users, how do you marry the rather separate worlds of Microsoft’s SQL Server and Apple’s iOS devices? […]

14 January 2011 7:00 am by
Robert Chipperfield

.NET to iOS: From WinForms to the iPad

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One of the great things about working at Red Gate is getting to play with new technology – and right now, that means mobile. A few weeks ago, we decided that a little research into the tablet computing arena was due, and purely from a numbers point of view, that suggested the iPad as a […]

1 December 2010 7:00 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Coding By the Sea: The story of SQL Search

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SQL Search is a new tool from Red Gate that allows you to search SQL Server database schemas, instantly locating objects. This is the story of its development. Back at the start of October, Neil Davidson, one of Red Gate’s CEOs, posted a request along these lines on our internal forum: We’re going to rent […]

10 November 2009 7:58 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Cloning objects the quick and dirty way

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Working in .NET, a lot of the objects I use implement ISerializable – very handy when it comes to throwing them around using .NET Remoting and the like. In my slightly more evil (or is it lazy?) moments, I tend to “re-purpose” this for a lightweight clone mechanism…It’s quite common when writing test code to […]

25 September 2009 10:09 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Test-driven scalability in Exchange Server Archiver

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I’ve recently been working on Red Gate’s new Exchange Server Archiver tool. Earlier on in the development process, I was developing part of the Archive Service (the component responsible for extracting messages from Exchange Server and passing them over to be stored). As with all Red Gate projects, we involve testers from a very early […]

15 December 2008 11:41 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Phew… we made it! (Well, the first half at least)

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A little over a year ago, as I was finishing up on SQL Multi Script, Colin, our head of Product Management wandered over for a chat about what we were going to get up to next… something completely different…Over the course of the next few weeks, we went out and visited a number of sysadmins […]

12 November 2008 2:58 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Event, sit! Event, staaaay…

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One of the great features in .NET is its event model. I came from a Java world before I started developing C#, and whilst they achieve the same effect using “listeners”, I think C# definitely does it more slickly. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to be able to do anonymous inner classes in […]

8 May 2008 5:45 am by
Robert Chipperfield

The pain of software installation

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At Red Gate, we have a big focus on usability – we try and make all our products as easy as possible to use, on the basis that if someone is trying to solve a problem, we should be helping to solve the problem rather than giving them more problems to solve just trying to […]

8 January 2008 4:00 am by
Robert Chipperfield

Should you always use a clustered index?

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In one of his recent editorials, Steve Jones of SQLServerCentral wondered about whether every table evar should have a primary key, and in doing so, mentioned the often-quoted advice of also making sure every table has a clustered index.If you already know about the difference between a clustered and non-clustered index, you can safely skip […]

17 December 2007 11:50 am by
Robert Chipperfield

It’s a <strike>boy</strike> new version of SQL Data Compare!

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Well, after five months of design, development, testing, documentation, training, and countless other activities that I’ve almost certainly forgotten to list, SQL Data Compare 6 is out.Richard‘s been blogging quite a bit about the release over the last few months, so I don’t think there’s much point in me listing the all the cool new […]

8 October 2007 7:33 am by
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