January, 2012

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    Reader review: SQL Server 2008 Internals

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    A really in-depth, interesting reader review came by my desk today. It was such a helpful review, that I wanted to share it with all of you. Click Here: Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals A big Microsoft Press thank you to Jes Schultz Borland (Twitter alias @grrl_geek) for writing the review. We’re also happy to report that lead author Kalen Delaney and her team are currently working on the next edition for SQL Server 2012.
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    Quick news: Review of “The future of looking back”

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    Greetings. This is just a quick post to point you to a new review of Richard Banks’s The future of looking back (Microsoft Press, 2011; ISBN: 9780735658066), the first book in our Microsoft Research series. The review , by David Ozab, begins like this: As I sit at my laptop writing these words, I am surrounded by objects: a bookcase full to overflowing, pictures on the walls, photo albums tucked into a file cabinet, and a closet full of clothes. A room filled with stuff—some practical, some sentimental—and at least some of it will last long enough for my daughter to have to sort through someday. Yet will these objects be the most important things I leave behind decades from now? What about the thousands of photos my wife has taken? Or the hours of video we’ve...
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    Donald Reifer: “Software Change Management: Doing More With Less”

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    Donald Reifer here. Many firms are currently searching for ways to save money and cut cycle time in these times of economic contraction. To achieve these ends, many are trying to find ways to cut their costs and spur productivity growth. For example, some are simplifying their software development processes while others are out-sourcing work to try to realize such benefits. But, any change, no matter how trivial, can have adverse effects especially when the staff is not properly prepared and trained to accept it. Take something as petty as introducing a new trouble report. While the goal may be to simplify and reduce the effort associated with collecting defect data, the effort associated with training and bringing people up to speed so that they can effectively use it may diminish the anticipated...
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