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    Setting up SQL Server Management Studio for Teaching or Demos

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    My friend Paul Randal posted a blog entry on how he sets up SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for demonstrations . I do a lot of teaching and presenting as well, and I’ve set up my environment in a similar way to help the audience see what I’m...
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    Database Testing Links

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    Yesterday at the SQL PASS 2010 Summit I did a presentation on database testing - I have two sets of links I mentioned there, one for the information I presented and the other for various tools I've tried. Enjoy: More information on Database Testing...
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    Microsoft User Experience Studies at PASS for SQL Server and Azure

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    One of the great things about attending the Summit Conference for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) is that you can participate in studies that Microsoft conducts to find out how we create our next projects. My good friend Dr. Mark Stempski...
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    Designing for the cloud

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    With the advent of platform as a service (Azure and paradigms like it) it isn't enough to simply write the same code patterns as we have in the past. To be sure, those patterns will still function in Azure, but we are not taking full advantage of the...
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    Windows Azure Security Links

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    Research shows that companies that are considering a “cloud” platform have various concerns, and that security is at the top of that list. I’ve put together a list of the resources I use for explaining our security posture, and the steps...
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    Quote of the Day: On Internet Comments

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    Congress should pass a law restricting public comment on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line. - Andy Grove
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    iPad Update and Answering Ray Ozzie

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    This is an odd post – I’ll say that from the outset. It really combines two topics, and both have to do with the cloud, at least a little. Some time ago I posted that I bought an iPad to demonstrate a cloud application. True, anything...
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    Quote of the Day - What sounds good isn't always

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    "Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good." - Thomas Sowell
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    Windows Azure Components

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    In a previous post I explained an overview of the storage options you have for Windows Azure . I’d like to pull back a bit today – because Windows Azure is often used as a single term, you might not be aware it actually is composed of three...
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    Quote of the Day: On the wisdom of crowds

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    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
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    What Role for IT Infrastructure in a Cloud Environment?

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    Most companies I deal with are seriously considering a cloud strategy. When you evaluate the benefits of a platform as a service, it makes sense to do that. But some of the folks I talk to are those who buy, build, configure and administer systems like...
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    Which Cloud Are You Talking About?

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    In the early days of computing, IT delivered computing using huge mainframes, accepting input from users, crunching the numbers and returning results to a very thin client - just a green-screen terminal. PC's came into the mix, allowing users a local...
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    Quote of the Day: On New Challenges

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    "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso
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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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    Quote of the Day: You are your opinion

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    "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    The Third Computing Age

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    I'm skeptical of too much hand-waving when computing changes in a general way, but I do think there's been a shift in how we think about the components within computing since its inception. When computing entered the mainstream, mainframes computed the...
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    OK – Your Browser Runs an Azure App – So What?

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    Last week I had a great discussion with a friend on Twitter about a post I made where I showed an application written in Azure running on an iPad. He didn’t find it all that interesting – he said it’s just HTML, and any code written...
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    Quote of the Day: On Making up Your Mind

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    "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand
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    The Cloud and Platform Independence – and Someplace Really Warm You Can Now Ice-Skate

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    A couple of days ago I posted a blog entry about a conversation I had with someone about a new way of working, and the fact that this was a cool thing. In the midst of the conversation, I mentioned an iPad – a computing tablet from Apple. Now, I’ve...
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    What’s Microsoft Got Coming out That’s Cool?

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    I was flying last week and struck up a conversation with a gentleman in the seat next to me. He runs a series of Martial-Arts schools in Virginia, and as we talked he asked me “What’s Microsoft got coming out that’s cool?” He was...
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    Buck Woody Is on Cloud Nine

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    Microsoft has a culture of “movement”. We encourage our employees to accept new roles, moving forward, rounding out their technical knowledge, taking on new challenges and stretching their intellectual muscles. Today I’m announcing...
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    Links for Patterns and Practices for the Data Professional

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    I spoke at a meeting last evening in Richmond, Virginia (thanks everyone there for being such a great group) about "Patterns and Practices for the Data Professional". Here are the links I mentioned in that class: Links for Patterns and Practices ...
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    Quote of the Day: Making it happen

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    I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. - Jonathan Winters
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    Databases are the longest-lived component

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    Most of you know that I write a technical article each week for the InformIT website - you can see a list of all my articles here . I’ve been writing for that site for – well, a really long time. I have articles all the way back to SQL Server...
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    SQL Server 101: Back to Basics at SQL Bits

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    I’m traveling to the United Kingdom (York, England, to be specific) in September, joining Brent Ozar, Brad McGehee, Kevin Kline, Simon Sabin – and a host of other top-notch speakers. They will be covering deep technical topics ranging from...
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