Tag Archives: software development

DLM Automation–Making a Database Connection

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is dig more into the command line automation cmdlets from the Redgate DLM Automation suite. While there are plugins for many build and release systems, I should be able to customize, … Continue reading

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Held Hostage by the Database

Your database platform will constrain and limit the flexibility you have in evolving your software. It doesn’t matter which platform you choose, which type of database, or even the format for your data. At some point, you will be dealing … Continue reading

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Server Hardware or Coffee?

I actually chuckled out loud in my office recently. I was reading a piece about Expensify and how they learned some lessons from their database architecture over time. It’s a good piece, but at one point the author talks about … Continue reading

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Developer Deployment Frustrations

This editorial was originally published on Sept 7, 2012. It is being re-published as Steve is at DevConnections. Why don’t developers like SQL Server? Probably a few reasons, but I’m sure this is one that really frustrates them. I found … Continue reading

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A Software Warranty

This editorial was originally released on Oct 21, 2012. It is being re-published as Steve is traveling. Years ago I worked in a large company on the operations team. We were responsible for all production issues for the 6,000 people … Continue reading

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DevOps at Microsoft

I’ve been watching Microsoft for quite a few years, with my career being tightly intertwined with the company for 25 years.  I’m amazed by the way the company has changed in the last five years. It’s probably been longer than … Continue reading

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Capture the Flag

I’ve read a lot of science fiction in my life. Quite a few books talk about cyberspace and the interactions of humans and software. In Snowcrash there are AI systems defending systems. The Unincorporated Man series has AI systems that … Continue reading

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Are You a Tech Company?

Are you a tech company. That’s an interesting question. I’m sure some of you might not think so, working for a commercial organization that has some physical product you sell or some service you provide. You might not consider yourself … Continue reading

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Ignoring Database Version Control

I find myself surprised that so many people resist keeping their code in version control. I think this is less people all the time, but I don’t have good percentages because at this point I think a fair number of … Continue reading

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Practicing Deployments

This editorial was originally published on Feb 18, 2013. It is being re-run as Steve is out of the office. It’s said that amateurs practice until they can get something right. Professionals practice until they don’t get something wrong. That’s … Continue reading

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