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Web Sockets - What are They Good For?  -  Web sockets came out with the HTML 5 specification. They are really cool, cute, etc. But, what are they good for? Has anyone done anything useful with them?

Be a Mentor  -  As a seasoned professional we have an obligation to help those who follow us get a good foundation. Why? To honor those who went before us. Some people don't get this concept. Read on to understand why...

Visual Studio 2015 Released  -  Sure...this is old news. Today I share my favorite enhancements for this release. If you want a full rundown, there's plenty written out there if you run a Google search.

Remember When  -  It is so easy to write software today, compared to just a few years ago. Do you Remember When you had to ...

How Do You Represent Friday in Your Database?  -  As our systems expand to handle data in multiple time zones, or continents, we need to have a strategy allowing us to know how to represent date and time regionally, and internationally.

DBA Not Wanted  -  I'm hearing more and more that the role of a DBA is being replaced by developers using tools such as Entity Framework. What do you think?

What is a Reasonable LifeCycle for Software?  -  Software LifeCycles are important to software creators and consumers alike. If the cycle is too short, consumers can't adapt quickly enough. If the cycle is too long, consumers may move to something else. What should the cycle be, and how would you determine the effectiveness?

SQL Azure Federations Deprecated  -  Well, I encouraged you to look into Federations as a way of scaling out your databases in the SQL Azure world. Microsoft replaced and deprecated it, and is in the process of discontinuing the tool.

The Cost of Sharding  -  Database sharding may be a good option for you. But, it is not free. Be sure to count the cost first.




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