Category Archives: Editorial

Too Much Information for Sports

Many of us deal with lots of data and information, sometimes conflating the two when they are really separate things. Our jobs usually revolve around somehow  helping others to extract useful value from the data we store in some way. … Continue reading

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Learning to Search

I’ve had my own domain for about 17 years now, and about 6 or 7 years I decided to move my email from GoDaddy to Google. There were a variety of reasons, but the bottom line was I got more … Continue reading

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A Buggy Release

I definitely believe in a DevOps process, though a thoughtful, incremental one. I think this is the best way to develop software, whether you release every day or every year. Yes, you can implement DevOps and release once a year. … Continue reading

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Where’s the Unit Testing?

I’ve been a proponent of Unit Testing, especially for databases. I’ve given presentations on the topic and advocate the use of techniques to verify your code works, especially over time when the complexity grows, new developers change code, and potentially … Continue reading

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The Relentless Cloud

The march to the cloud is inevitable. No, I don’t think all your services will be run from a cloud service, but I do think that some of them will be. Maybe 10% for your company, maybe 90%, but likely … Continue reading

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Scary Deployments

I was listening to a web developer talk about some fundamental changes in a web platform. In this case, an older system was being replaced completely with a new one, and as one of the reasons, the developer showed some … Continue reading

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Security is Getting Serious

OK, if we can’t trust computer chips, what do we do? It almost feels like the security war to protect information, or at least keep it private, might be lost before our very eyes in the next decade. There’s a … Continue reading

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The Remote DBA

I’ll start this week with a question, which I hope some of you answer in the discussion: would you like to, or do you, work at home the majority of the time? I remember when I worked in a company … Continue reading

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The New Data Warehouse Choice

I was listening to the SQL Data Partners podcast the other day with BI expert, Tim Mitchell, and the opening question was “Is the on-premises Data Warehouse dead?” Tim is a friend, so I tuned in knowing he has some good … Continue reading

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Losing Rows

There has been a lot of hype in the last 3-4 years around NoSQL databases. Note that NoSQL isn’t Not SQL, but rather Not Only SQL, implying that the SQL language still has a place here. In fact, a number … Continue reading

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