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Catch my keynote at Chicago Code Camp 2017!

I have a notebook for my Ideas, and Dreams, and Goals. Here’s one of my Ideas. I watched a very inspiring keynote at That Conference, and I decided I wanted to be the person at the front of the room, giving a keynote, inspiring the audience. Achievement unlocked: on Saturday, April 29, 2017, I’ll be […]

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Learning Elixir and Phoenix – Getting a handle on the language

Recently I started learning Elixir and the Phoenix framework. I’ve found that mixing hands on programming with reading is the fastest way for me to get up to speed with a new language or framework, so if that’s your style you might find this useful. In this post I started at zero and ended at […]

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Learning Elixir and Phoenix – Environments and Editors

Recently I started down the path to learn Elixir and the Phoenix framework. This is a language and framework I intend to use quite a bit, so my goal is to get from “barely able to read it” to “able to ship readable, idiomatic, testable apps”. Having learned a fairly large number of languages, libraries, […]

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Using Azure Functions to add a Contact Form to a Static Site

My personal website is a static site: 100% HTML, JS, and CSS files with no server-side processing. I have custom code that pulls data from a variety of sources and builds updated versions of the files from templates, which are then deployed to the host. I do this to move the CPU latency of building […]

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You Are Responsible for Telling Your Story

As I’m writing this, it’s January, and I see a steady stream of “working on my annual review” tweets. You want something. (We all do.) It could be a raise or a promotion at your current job, a new job, or a board position at a non-profit you love. How do you get that something? […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 5 – Testing

This is part 5 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Time to […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 4 – The Subscriber

This is part 4 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Setting up […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 3 – The Publisher

This is part 3 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Setting up […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 2 – The Distributor

This is part 2 of a 5-part series. Part 1 – Planning Part 2 – The Distributor Part 3 – The Publisher Part 4 – The Subscriber Part 5 – Testing   Scenario Publishers: servers SQL2014AG1 and SQL2014AG2, database AGTest Distributor: stand-alone server, SQL2014demo Subscriber: Azure SQL Database – server jessqldb2, database ReplicationTest Setting up […]

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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 1 – Planning

Throughout the last few years, I’ve worked with SQL Server Availability Groups, Transactional Replication, and Azure SQL Databases. Recently, I had the challenge and opportunity to work on a project that involved all three at the same time. The goal was to take six databases that were in a SQL Server 2012 Availability Group and […]

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