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 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.
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.
I’m working on a project where it’s useful to automate environment setup and teardown for testing some devops deployment scenarios for databases using transactional replication.
Following on from my Learner’s Guide to SQL Server Performance Triage, I’m tackling Query Tuning. In this guide, I’m experimenting with an outline style rather than expanding each paragraph.
I have an idea! Let’s have a “Worst Code Contest.”
When I first began working with databases, I was lucky to land a job at a little start-up which had solid development and operations processes: all our code, including database code, was in version control. We had a strong database architect who instilled good coding practices into the way we managed database code as well: code was expected to be reusable whenever possible.
I’m giving a session on index tuning at the upcoming Redgate Streamed free online conference. The conference will be held April 1-3 2020, register here and join us!
I love talking about index tuning and I know this area well, so I’m excited to put together this new session. I thought it would be fun to share my process of outlining and creating the session, leading up to the event.