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What's Unique About SQL Saturdays: Nearly Everyone Interacts with Other People

What's Unique About SQL Saturdays: Nearly Everyone Interacts with Other People

Today I was looped in on an email thread about the pros and cons of attending a specific event. One person on the thread asked if any of us had attended the event in the past, and whether or not event attendees were engaged with presenters and vendor representatives.

My immediate thought was: of course the attendees were engaged, because the event is a SQL Saturday.  I’ve never been to a SQL Saturday where the attendees weren’t engaged.

But, I realized that it’s a fair question.

Paying down technical debt

Paying down technical debt

One of the cool things that I do as an Evangelist at Redgate is to periodically visit company headquarters in Cambridge. The other Evangelists and I get to meet with every software developer, product manager, and UX designer at Redgate over a series of meetings. That’s really cool. We talk about things that they’ve released lately, what they’re looking at doing in the near future, and we get to give feedback based on what we hear from the community and from folks in the sales process. We also get to share what we personally think should happen in these products now.

Watch: Kendra Breaks and Fixes SQL Source Control (9 minutes)

Watch: Kendra Breaks and Fixes SQL Source Control (9 minutes)

I love breaking technology.

I love breaking technology on purpose, in a place where it’s not going to slow anyone else down. It’s a great way to learn more about how everything works and what your options are to fix the situation when things go sideways.

State vs Migration for Database Source Control - decide based on one question

State vs Migration for Database Source Control - decide based on one question

One controversial topic in database development is how to properly store and deploy database changes.

This is generally described as choosing between two options, which are approximately as easy to understand as Greek philosophy:

  • State based - A Platonic view of the database as a snapshot of a set of forms in a given state at a point in time
  • Migrations - An Aristotelian view of the database defined as a series of scripts which generate change over time
Why You Should Take the 'State of Database DevOps Survey' Today (even if you don't do DevOps)

Why You Should Take the 'State of Database DevOps Survey' Today (even if you don't do DevOps)

When I began working with databases, nobody talked about DevOps. It was a few years before I heard the words ‘Agile’ and ‘Extreme Programming’, (which I still read as “EXTREEEEEEMMMMME programmin!"). A lot has changed since then. But a lot hasn’t changed as well.

Please help us track the history of how we work with databases by taking the Redgate State of Database DevOps survey today. I believe it’s helpful to our whole community to participate in this survey, and this post explains a few reasons why. 

Update: The survey is now closed, thanks folks!

Join me for an upcoming webinar, "Data Masking: Insights & Actions"

Join me for an upcoming webinar, "Data Masking: Insights & Actions"

Click the image to register for the webcast There has never been a better time to start a project to champion data privacy In a recent Harris poll sponsored by the payment company Stripe, over 1,000 C-level executives were asked to rate which factors they feel are most threatening to their business. The #1 item that executives rated as “somewhat” or “very” threatening to the success of their business is security / data breaches.
PASS Summit 2018 - Keynote Day 2 Commentary

PASS Summit 2018 - Keynote Day 2 Commentary

It’s the second main-session day of the Summit for the Professional Association of SQL Server. I had a great breakfast this morning with Brent Ozar, along with Nathan and James from my first timer group. If you attend Summit for the first time in the future, this is a great program and you should join up.