The Top-Five Most Valuable Development Team Positions

In many organizations, there’s a push to save cost. “Cost” is an integral part of a profit-and-loss statement in the organization. Even if you work in a non-profit organization, cost control is central. Of course, you can take cost-control too far. You could, for instance, remove the shipping costs from your company, but if you…


Quote of the Day: On Worry

Don’t let worry be the default response to uncertainty. -Buck Woody


Windows Azure Learning Plan – Storage

This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here. This one deals with Storage for  Windows Azure.   Overview Overview and general  information about Windows Azure Storage – what it is, how it works, and where you can learn more. General Overview Whitepaper…


Quote of the Day: On Good Questions

“The only interesting answers are the ones that destroy the questions.” – Susan Sontag


Windows Azure Learning Plan

 Note: On June 7th, Microsoft dramatically enhanced the Windows Azure Platform. I’m leaving this resource here, but an updated version is now here:   – Buck Because Windows Azure is a platform, like Windows or Linux, there are a lot of things to know about it. Whenever I’m faced with learning such a broad…


Setting up SQL Server Management Studio for Teaching or Demos

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 doing, and follow along. You can do most…


Database Testing Links

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 and Testing methodologies: These Loopholes in Your Database…


Microsoft User Experience Studies at PASS for SQL Server and Azure

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, who works on the User Experience (UX) team here at Microsoft passed…


Designing for the cloud

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 paradigm if we don’t exercise it more…


Windows Azure Security Links

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 that you need to take to be secure in Windows and SQL Azure. I’ll…