When I woke up today in the UK, Twitter was alive with jokes, hot takes, and sympathy about an email sent out to millions of folks on a contact list for HBO Max featuring the subject line, “Integration Test Email #1”.
One big gotcha that teams often encounter when automating deployments for databases is that it’s difficult– or sometimes impossible – to ensure that all changes to the production database are performed through the automation pipeline.
These out-of-band changes case the production database to “drift” away from the schema as defined in version control.
A coworker shared with me recently that a customer is wholly investing in adopting non-relational datastores.
“Is NoSQL taking over?” they asked.
Redgate regularly holds an internal conference called Level Up week. In 2020 and 2021, this conference has been scaled to include multiple Redgate offices using a remote learning approach.
While this is an internal conference, I can share my drawings and notes from sessions I attended. I hope these inspire you with ideas on how you can contribute to learning in your own organization – or perhaps simply inspire you to give sketchnoting a try.
I wrote recently about moving my blog from Wordpress to an Azure Static Site.
Azure Static Web Apps have now moved out of Preview and are now generally available. A free tier has been announced which is great for personal blogs.
It’s common to shift your professional focus multiple times over your career while working in tech. But moving into a new role often causes a lot of stress.
In my recent lightning talk for Mental Health and Awareness Day, I reflected on the lessons I’ve learned to set myself up for success and protect my health when taking on a new professional challenge.
Hugo now has native support for Twitter Cards, but it took a few steps to get them working on my site in the way I wanted.
Here’s how I configured Twitter Cards in Hugo without any new shortcodes.
SQL Server’s Developer Edition installs with a different default network protocol configuration than Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition.
Fixing this has gotten more complicated because it’s become common for the SQL Server Configuration Manager to not be installed on a developer’s workstation in an easily accessible way.
I’ve moved from WordPress to an Azure Static website built with Hugo. The conversion, including grooming all my old posts and a special setup for my free courses took up most of my personal time for a week (including a 4 day weekend).
Here’s why I made the change. I’ll also share the basic components I chose for my site, the tools and steps I used in the conversion, and some lessons learned from the implementation.
A call for speakers is open for the very first edition of the Dativerse conference, which will be held on August 13, 2021: http://dativerse.io/
I’ll be giving a 10 minute lightning talk at the upcoming Mental Health and Wellness day event on May 7, 2021, hosted by the Data Platform WIT group.
Amid the global pandemic, online tech conferences have had a natural surge in popularity. I’ve attended quite a few of these in 2020 across several technical areas (database tech, DevOps, privacy, tech research). The conferences have been both large and small, both free and paid, and have been held across a few different regions and time zones.
It’s Down Tools Week at Redgate.
In this episode, I share what “Down Tools Week” is, what I’m working on this week, and why I think it’s a terrific experience for fostering creativity, innovation, and teamwork. In closing I share some thoughts on variations of this kind of project which you might use in your own organization.
Many people use entrenched processes for database development that have been in place so long that it’s hard to imagine doing it any other way. In this episode, I share three things that should NOT be normal for database development– but which are incredibly common.
I’m not an expert on collation in SQL Server, but there are a few important facts which I’ve had to learn the hard way. In this episode I share the basics, along with helpful resources to learn more.
Learning Git can be daunting for DBAs. In this 20 minute episode, I discuss why learning a VCS is necessary for DBAs, then give three tips on scoping your project, choosing the right tools, and making sure the project is successful.
I’ve begun working on developing a couple of small habits this month, thanks largely to Andy Mallon’s helpful advocacy.
I’m excited to begin moving over courses from SQL Workbooks and making the material available here. The first course up for grabs is The Dirty Secrets of NOLOCK.