Tag Archives: software development

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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Rogue Algorithms

This editorial was originally published on Sept 5, 2-12. It is being re-published as Steve is on vacation. I have always thought that computers do some amazing things, but they tend to do what we tell them to do, even … Continue reading

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Avoiding Stored Procedures

This editorial was originally published on Aug 13, 2012. It is bein re-published as Steve is on vacation. I ran across this piece from a developer on why he avoids stored procedures and thought it made some good arguments. The … 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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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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What’s a Database Pipeline?

One of the things I ran into a few years ago was the idea of a software pipeline. A set journey across machines and stages that your software takes. In modern, DevOps style development shops, this usually means: A development … Continue reading

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