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Jetbrains rider the VB.Net IDE we have all been waiting for

Apparently Jetbrains has been working on a .Net IDE that is based on IntelliJ. The blogpost about it was several weeks ago. And there is even a video demoiing it. Of course we all know demos can’t be trusted. But now you subscribe to receive early builds as soon as they are ready (copy pasted […]

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Using Heka to forward logs to the elasticsearch

Sometimes twitter can be useful. Yesterday I asked how people forward their linux logs to the logstash/elasticsearch server. And got this as one of the replies. Thanks Dan Barua and James Nugent. I’ve been setting up an ELK (Elastisearch, Logstash and Kibana) stack since last week and having heaps of fun doing so. You can […]

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Putting files into year folders using powershell

Powershell is great (as am I) for automating boring little tasks. So the question came to put 18 thousand plus image files that were in one folder into folders per year of Date created. So to no longer keep you in suspense, here is the complete code $SourceDir = “” $DestinationDir = “” Write-Host “Source […]

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Learn about SQL Server in Azure in Madison, WI

You: curious about Azure, wondering if it’s right for your organization. You run some SQL Server databases, but don’t know if you would use a VM in Azure, or should jump into an Azure SQL Database. You know there are some differences and complexities, but aren’t sure how to work with them. Me: ready to […]

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Duplicating LessThanDot on a Vagrant VM

Setting up a development environment for LessThanDot is kind of tricky, where “tricky” is defined somewhere between “I have PHP on my Windows box” and “at least I’m running it in a version of Apache”. Recently I realized I had misplaced my local development environment somewhere and needed a way to make some changes. Have […]

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How I Hire Developers

I’ll start by saying I’m not an expert on this topic. This has worked for us but is not guaranteed to be either the best answer or perfect for your environment. We have evolved our hiring process over the course of 3.5 years, starting when I first got into the role and was rebuilding a […]

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5 Questions with Derik Hammer

It was October 2013, and I was in Charlotte, NC. I’d attended Red Gate’s SQL in the City event during the day, and was heading over to register for PASS Summit. I started chatting with one of the SQL in the City attendees. He was a DBA familiar with Red Gate’s tools and events, but […]

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Training in Boston: How to Get Started Using SQL Server in Azure

Exciting news! On Thursday, March 17, 2016, I’ll be debuting my newest full-day training event,¬†How to Get Started Using SQL Server in Azure. This is part of what is sure to be one of the greatest weekends ever – St Patrick’s Day, in Boston, combined with SQL Saturday 500! The details about the training: Microsoft […]

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Prepare to Set Sail on SQL Cruise Caribbean 2016

Here in the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin, winter is setting in – this weekend, temperatures didn’t rise above freezing, and snow fell in some parts of the state. I have my cold-weather running gear out – fleece-lined tights, wind-proof jacket, hats, mittens, and trail shoes – and my snowshoes are hanging in the garage. For […]

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5 Questions with Amanda Crisp

Up next in my 5 Questions series is an interview with a dog-rescuing, SAN-loving DBA from Minnesota – Amanda Crisp (linkedin | twitter | blog). Amanda and I have gone back and forth across the border to the Madison and Minneapolis SQL Saturdays many times, and always make sure to catch up. She’s one of […]

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