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Melanie Townsend


Melanie Townsend

Change Scripts Research

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How do you use change scripts for your database deployments?  This is the question Redgate’s SQL Source Control team is trying to answer. They’re conducting research to understand not only SQL Source Control users, but anyone who uses change scripts for database deployment so they can make the best improvements to their product as possible. […]

15 June 2015 1:21 pm by
Melanie Townsend

Getting Feedback

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If you’ve ever worked on a project that you really cared about, you might be able to relate to the pain of trying to get feedback. The begging, the pleading, the bribing. Sometimes called soliciting, a word which has connotations all its own. But the point is, why is it so hard to get feedback […]

13 November 2014 5:32 pm by
Melanie Townsend

Review Kalen Delaney’s Hekaton Book

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Update: That’s a wrap! All the review copies available at the moment have been sent out. Remember, you can still acquire your own copy from Amazon.  I have multiple paper copies of Kalen Delaney’s SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP looking for good homes. If you’d like to to write a review of Kalen’s book, I […]

28 October 2014 11:27 am by
Melanie Townsend

The Simple-Talk Magazine

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This year, the Simple-Talk team have produced a magazine. It’s been great fun, and a little stressful (deadlines for things to go to print always come too quickly), but we got there in time for SQL in the City London today (October 24). I’ve put a copy of the PDF of the magazine on github […]

24 October 2014 11:48 am by
Melanie Townsend

It came to me in a dream – dealing with clients

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There are many ways to think about clients. Sometimes they feel like the enemy, ignoring your brilliant ideas and insisting on something you know is a bad plan. Other times they can feel like a pain, trying to kill you with a thousand tiny needles of last minute changes. Often they’re a headache, if they’d […]

29 August 2014 4:59 pm by
Melanie Townsend

Conference networking for the socially awkward

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Do you approach a room full of strangers with excitement at all the new people you’re going to chat to over coffee and a muffin as you swap tales of how you convinced your manager to give you the day “off”? Or, do you find rooms full of strangers intimidating and begin by scouting out […]

13 August 2014 3:25 pm by
Melanie Townsend

Recognizing Community Leaders – Tribal Awards Finalists

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The time has come, voting is now open for the Tribal Awards finalists. Let’s recognize the people who go over and above for the technical community in the following 11 categories. Article that saved my bacon in 2013 Break large delete operations into chunks by Aaron Bertrand: http://www.sqlperformance.com/2013/03/io-subsystem/chunk-deletes Transaction Log VLFs – too many or […]

19 December 2013 7:27 pm by
Melanie Townsend

State of the Tribal Awards

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The Tribal Awards are underway! I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the progress of the awards and some of the nominations we’ve received. If you haven’t done so already, get your choices in at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TribalAwards Article that saved my bacon in 2013 Nominations are thin on the ground for this one! We’re […]

11 December 2013 2:40 pm by
Melanie Townsend

Get a copy of the Red Gate Post

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We recently put together a newspaper of some of the best articles from Simple-Talk and SQL Server Central, complete with a dash of advice, playful ads, and letters to the editor. It only seems fair to allow the newspaper to be downloadable in PDF form so here it is in all it’s glory (the PDF […]

5 December 2013 7:15 pm by
Melanie Townsend

TribalSQL – A First for Everyone

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TribalSQL is coming out in October – 15 first-time authors each wrote one chapter on what they thought you should know about databases. This is a community project by MidnightDBA and Red Gate who have both donated quite a chunk of time to the project, and all royalties are being donated to Computers4Africa. Jen McCown […]

19 September 2013 5:41 pm by
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