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    Which Azure Cloud Storage Model Should I Choose for my Application?

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    Most applications have four parts – input, computation, storage and output. I’ll write about all of these over time, but today I want to focus on how to choose the storage part of the equation. This won’t be a full tutorial, full of...
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    Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

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    I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently...
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    You Probably Already Have a “Private Cloud”

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    I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of the word “Cloud”. It’s too marketing-oriented, gimmicky and non-specific. A better definition (in many cases) is “Distributed Computing”. That means that some or all of the computing functions are handled somewhere...
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    Should I learn Cloud Computing Next?

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    My previous role at Microsoft was in the SQL Server team. I spent quite a bit of time there, and had some really great experiences. I was able to travel and speak as well as doing my “regular” job in the programming team, so I got to meet a lot of people...
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    Quote of the Day–On Determination versus Talent

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    A determined soul will do more with a rusty wrench than a talented loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop. - Robert Hughes
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    Presenting the Cloud in a Different Way

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    I had the honor of presenting the Developers at the Portland PASS chapter, and decided to go a different way than just using PowerPoint Slides…. (click on any picture to enlarge) The point is that when you need to get a point across, it’s OK to change...
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    The Database Design Process

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    I need your help. I know how I create databases, and I’ve watched a lot of other data professionals follow their own processes for that, but I want to know how YOU do it. I’ve written about the process I follow for a complete database design on...
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    Agile isn’t always Agile

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    I want to make a disclaimer before I dive into this topic – At Microsoft we use all kinds of development methodologies, and I’ve worked in lots of other shops using lots of methodologies. This is one of those “religious” topics like which programming...
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    Performance-Driven Development

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    I was reading a blog yesterday about the evils of SELECT * . The author pointed out that it's almost always a bad idea to use SELECT * for a query, but in the case of SQL Azure (or any cloud database, for that matter) it's especially bad, since you're...
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    My Performance Tuning Methodology

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    I was speaking with some folks yesterday about tuning a system, and they asked me about my methodology. As time goes on, I find myself doing things differently based on the situation, but there is a general approach I use that I'll explain here. This...
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    You Might Be a DBA

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    With all apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, I was up late Friday night on a holiday weekend (which translated into T-SQL becomes “Maintenance Window”) and I got bored in between the two or three minutes I had between clicks. So I started a “Twitter” meme –...
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    Great new Learning Resource

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    We have a lot of content out there - a LOT. But how do you find it all? We have a great new resource that one of our team members put together. It’s a customized Windows Live search, that limits results to Books Online. Check this out, and make sure you...
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    Oh no -3D again

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    I spoke with a colleague yesterday and he wants to set up a meeting to talk about 3D interfaces. Inwardly I groaned, but the scientist in me says to go in to the discussion with an open mind. Don’t get me wrong – I’m one of the biggest geeks around...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Configuration Changes History

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    I’m continuing a series on the Standard Reports you can find in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). (Note: These reports only work against SQL Server 2005 and higher. They don’t run against the lower versions because those don’t have all the management...
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    The Most Important Skill You Can Have

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    OK - it's a little light in some of the hallways because of Christmas, so I had a few minutes to actually chat with some friends. We played one of those mental games where you ask "if you could only have one thing for X, what would it be". I was asked...
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    Are these really blogs or not?

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    Steve Jones, my friend over at SQLServerCentral.com had a podcast the other day (Voice of the DBA) where he commented that blogs should be blogs - not a form of corporate communication. I agree. It's not that you can't have corporate content on an RSS...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports - Top Transactions by Locks Count

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today I'm covering a report that shows more about locking activity, by transaction. Before I begin describing the columns and values in this report, it might make...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports - Performance - Batch Execution Statistics

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    I’m working my way through the Standard Reports you get in SQL Server Management Studio. I’ve gone through several of them already, and today we finally move out of the locking and blocking reports. The next report in the list, and we’re still only on...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Object Execution Statistics: [DatabaseName]

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the database reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking a database name. From the menu that appears...
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    System Center Operations Manager and SQL Server

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    If you have multiple systems in your organization, and especially if you use multiple kinds of systems (such as exchange, Forefront and SQL Server, for instance) then you might want to check out Microsoft System Center, and in particular, System Center...
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    Do we use the same tools and processes at Microsoft that you do?

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    I’ve spoken quite a bit about some of the processes and constraints we have in developing software here at Microsoft. I haven’t explained the actual tools or specific paradigms we follow. When some people come to work here, they are often surprised to...
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    Why on earth are you working on that?

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    Much of the development work at Microsoft is a mystery to the rest of the world. People ask me all the time why my team is working on X , when clearly what is needed is Y. Of course, everyone's definition of Y seems to be different, but that's another...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Tasks

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the Management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the Management node. From the menu that...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports –User Statistics: [DatabaseName]

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the database reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking a database name. From the menu that appears...
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    Real-World DBA Podcast Show Notes – Episode 1: SQL Server Editions

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-1-SQL-Server-Editions/ The Zune(OK, iPod works too) link for subscription is here: http://edge.technet.com/Tags/Real+World+DBA/feed/ipod/ And the general RSS feed is here: http://edge.technet.com...
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