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Red Gate book store - SQL Server Execution Plans Second Edition -
Every day, out in the various online forums devoted to SQL Server, and on Twitter, the same types of questions come up repeatedly: Why is this query running slowly? Why is SQL Server ignoring my index? Why does this query run quickly sometimes and slowly at others? My response is the same in each case: have you looked at the execution plan? - Stuart Gray
Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views -
Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions. - Stuart Gray
9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt | TIME -
In a new book out this week chock full of Google-flavored business wisdom, How Google Works, Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and former Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg share nine insightful rules for emailing (or gmailing!) like a professional - Stuart Gray
Haroopad - The Next Document processor based on Markdown -
Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author professional-looking documents of various formats: blog posts, slides, presentations, reports, email and more. Haroopad gives you the same editing experience regardless of the platform you are working on. It runs on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. - Stuart Gray
Red Gate book store - Defensive Database Programming -
Resilient T-SQL code is code that is designed to last, and to be safely reused by others. The goal of defensive database programming, the goal of this book, is to help you to produce resilient T-SQL code that robustly and gracefully handles cases of unintended use, and is resilient to common changes to the database environment. Too often as developers, we stop work as soon as our code passes a few basic tests to confirm that it produces the 'right result' in a given use case. We do not stop to consider what other possible ways in which the code might be used in the future, or how our code will respond to common changes to the database environment, such as a change in the database language setting, or a change to the nullability of a table column, and so on. In the short-term, this approach is attractive; we get things done faster. However, if our code is designed to be used for more than just a few months, then it is very likely that such changes can and will occur, and the inevitable... - Stuart Gray
HammerDB is an open source database load testing and benchmarking tool for Oracle, SQL Server, TimesTen, PostgreSQL, Greenplum, Postgres Plus Advanced Server, MySQL and Redis Learn More Download the latest release HammerDB version 2.16 for Windows and Linux from the Download page For advanced command-line and fully automated functionality download the Autohammer extension - Stuart Gray
SQLStress - Home -
SQLStress is a tool to stress test a Microsoft SQL Server installation. Its main purpose is to find infrastructure problems within an installation. It can also be used for hardware sizing, system tuning or benchmarking. The focus is on simplicity. You should be up and running within minutes. Prerequisite is an installed version of the .Net Framework 2.0. The tool will run on x86, x64 and Itanium. It is tested on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005, however most of the functionality will work on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 as well. - Stuart Gray
Red Gate book store - SQL Server Transaction Log Management -
When a SQL Server database is operating smoothly and performing well, there is no need to be particularly aware of the transaction log, beyond ensuring that every database has an appropriate backup regime and restore plan in place. When things go wrong, however, a DBA's reputation depends on a deeper understanding of the transaction log, both what it does, and how it works. An effective response to a crisis requires rapid decisions based on understanding its role in ensuring data integrity. In this book, we strive to offer just the right level of detail so that every DBA can perform all of the most important aspects of transaction log management. We cover: The critical role of the SQL Server transaction log and write ahead logging How to perform transaction log backup and restore in FULL and BULK_LOGGED recovery models Managing log growth, and dealing correctly with an overgrown or full log Optimizing log throughput and availability, and how to avoid log fragmentation In short, our... - Stuart Gray
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SQLsoft - Superior Software for SQL Server -
Guide: Writing Testable Code -
To keep our code at Google in the best possible shape we provided our software engineers with these constant reminders. Now, we are happy to share them with the world. Many thanks to these folks for inspiration and hours of hard work getting this guide done: Jonathan Wolter Russ Ruffer Miško Hevery Also thanks to Blaine R Southam who has turned it into a pdf book. - Stuart Gray
SEED: Software Engineering Evidence Database -
Welcome to SEED: Software Engineering Evidence Database Select a topic on the left to see summaries of evidence-based software engineering studies. You may become a registered user if you would like to add a new study and summary, or rate a study. Note: This rapid prototype was created by David Janzen, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cal Poly, and President of Simex LLC, using the drupal content management system. Initial content was supplied by students in the CSC508 Software Engineering I course at Cal Poly in Fall 2007 and Winter 2009. - Stuart Gray
gitextensions - Git Extensions is the only graphical user interface for Git that allows you control Git without using the commandline. It comes with a manual and video tutorials to get you started quickly. - Google Project Hosting -
Git Extensions is the only graphical user interface for Git that allows you control Git without using the commandline. It comes with a manual and video tutorials to get you started quickly. Download latest version: Online manual: https://git-extensions-documen...? Source code: Issue tracker: Mailing list: Donate: PayPal Features Windows Explorer intergration for Git Visual Studio (2005/2008/2010/2012) plugin for Git Feature rich user interface for Git Single installer installs MSysGit, GitExtensions and the mergetool KDiff3 32bit and 64bit support - Stuart Gray
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking it to databases like Freebase. Please note that since October 2nd, 2012, Google is not actively supporting this project, which has now been rebranded to OpenRefine. Project development, documentation and promotion is now fully supported by volunteers. Find out more about the history of OpenRefine and how you can help the community. - Stuart Gray
Is The Onion writing mainstream press headlines now? Egypt, Russia & Chinas reaction to US make Facebooks sarcasm tag seem like a good idea
RT @BBCWorld: Egypt calls on US authorities to show restraint against protesters in #Ferguson
RT @jamesrbuk: Current crises: Iraq, Gaza, Ebola. So yesterday David Cameron announced a tickbox on music videos –
RT @owenboswarva: Secret government contracts stop citizens knowing if #outsourcing works | @jwyg | #FOI #transparency
RT @stopsatgreen: Yes, @twitter, this is annoying - I use favourites as a bookmarking system, not to imply endorsement.
RT @socialtechno: When your art director doesn't understand Venn Diagrams via @georgepearkes
RT @mo_data: De-Identification, Re-Identification and the risks therein
RT @juliapowles: Bloggers are probs data controllers, says @bainesy1969, for purpose of stimulating debate on the v. long arm of DPlaw
RT @Copywrong_: DRM Performs Another Miracle, Turns Purchased Childrens Books Into Nothing At All
RT @DorsetRachel: Mapping the spread of the US military's surplus gear to police departments countrywide: > gobsmacking! #Ferguson
RT @_cypherpunks_: Twitter is the fastest source of news. Mass media is working on the uninformed rest of the population these days.
RT @xor: People were so happy about outside cops stepping in to #Ferguson, but that's not sustainable. What we see tonight, a strong community, is.
RT @csoghoian: As @citizenlab documents, HTTPS isn't just about protecting your users' privacy, it also protects them from MiTM delivered malware.
RT @swardley: Without a map, you have no strategy - ... stories are what we used to navigate complex spaces with before maps.
RT @garethniblett: Tesco Hudl & other Android devices face data reset flaw < user data recovered after factory reset
RT @glynmoody: Ferguson Law Enforcement: An 'Occupying Force' With 'Special Rights' - America, you might want to worry about this
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