Category Archives: Editorial

Up, Up, and Away

I’m leaving tonight. Not forever, but for a couple of weeks. While that’s not a big deal for many people, I’ve rarely been away from home for more than a week. My longest business trips have been 11 days. Short, … Continue reading

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Better Coding

When the census was last taken in the US, it was still mostly a paper affair. My wife and I sat down with the form, filled it out, and mailed it back to the US government. While much of the … Continue reading

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The Future for Database Administrators

I’ve been working in technology for over 25 years. As I look forward in time, I suspect I have less time left in a data professional career than I’ve already experienced. That’s fine, and while I don’t plan on retiring … Continue reading

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Security Leaks from Websites

One of the main issues with connecting databases to the Internet is that if a hacker finds a way to get access to the database with credentials, perhaps using a well known account (*cough* sa *cough*) and a weak password, … Continue reading

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Is Rollback Feasible for Database Changes?

One of the things I used to show people in SQL Compare was the ability to generate a quick rollback script by switching the source and target. We can generate a deployment script going from Dev to Production, switch the … Continue reading

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PoSh Everywhere

This week we had an announcement that PowerShell has been released as an open source project and is available on some Linux platforms as well as OSX. I was actually talking with someone else that had been informed prior to … Continue reading

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What’s Your Smoke Test?

Many DBAs and operational staff regularly stress over software deployments to production systems. Even when the administrator has built and tested the deployment scripts, there is still a nagging fear that something will be missed, incurring downtime for systems. I … Continue reading

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Designing for the Public

I’m a bit believer that better data, and better software can help our governments around the world operate more efficiently, and better work for our citizens. I appreciate what Tim O’Reilly has said where he notes that we want governments … Continue reading

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A Slower Job

I noticed that my company, Red Gate Software, was looking for a support engineer in our CA office awhile back. It’s a good job, and while the salary is lower than that which experienced SQL Server professionals might make elsewhere, … Continue reading

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To Infinity and Beyond

This isn’t data related, but a story caught my eye recently, and I suspect quite a few of you will enjoy reading it. One of the tasks I had to do in university was try and rewrite the landing software … Continue reading

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