Author: Ben Taylor

Tool Selection – Can it be done?
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Tool Selection – Can it be done?

I remember the days when you could be a full stack developer only knowing a couple of software languages. Generally you had to know SQL and another language for the user application. Perhaps you were writing applications in Visual Basic, Power Builder, Oracle Forms ( I know I have left a lot of other tools out, because these were the […]

When you know something is Absolutely Wrong
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When you know something is Absolutely Wrong

Fail fast is a popular catch phrase, one that I have quoted in this site before. However, I have always thought of it in the context of validating software decisions where you are wanting to evaluate options for the best fit. This is really a good practice when you are entering into a technical implementation for which you don’t have […]

Will Your DRP Pass the Test?
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Will Your DRP Pass the Test?

I was recently collaborating with a group about creating a fault tolerant environment for their applications. None of their systems have any sort of immediate failover implementation. I wonder how common this situation is across companies worldwide. For one reason or another they are not using cloud solutions with failover built in. Be aware that all cloud solutions don’t necessarily […]

Losing the Edge
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Losing the Edge

How good are you at writing code? I mean really writing code. When I was taking Cobol (now I’m dating myself) back in college we had to wait for a terminal in order to enter our code, compile, and produce proof that our program worked. Often we would have to write the program ahead of time so that we didn’t […]

SQL Server 2017 Features I Like
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SQL Server 2017 Features I Like

I’ve been reading up on some of the new features for SQL Server 2017 in the Community Technical Preview list. Right now I’m liking what I see a lot. Most of the modifications are addressing issues I have personally experienced. There have been times when I could have used the new Resumable online index rebuilding feature. This feature essentially allows […]

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The Report Viewer Control

Today I was talking with a friend about the Report Viewer web control that ships with visual studio. The Report Viewer control is a multi-purpose tool for presenting RDL defined reports in a web site. What makes it really cool is the fact that it is truly multi purpose. Right out of the box it has some really cool features […]

Sequence
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Sequence

Sequences are a really cool feature we find now in SQL Server. They were available in other SQL engines for some time, and have been in SQL Server for a few releases now. A sequence is a user definable SQL Server object used to generate a sequential number every time it is called. We are used to that capability in […]

Types of Serialization in Dot Net
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Types of Serialization in Dot Net

It’s easy to overlook the importance of Serialization because it is a mature technology with many implementations. So, because it is generally so simple, we don’t talk about it much. For my discussion today I’m going to focus on Dot Net serialization based on personal familiarity. As I stated yesterday, the topic of serialization is the conversion of data from […]

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Serialization

How are your serialization skills? I think this may be an area that we often take for granted because there are so many serialization implementations already available for us. This is especially true in the case of Java and Dot net. These languages, as well as many others, are ripe with many powerful serialization libraries, as well as capabilities built […]

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Can a Database And Domain Model Be The Same?

One nice thing about having a fairly close design between you object models and your database model can be the time savings for documentation. Yes, I said documentation. I keep hearing that we don’t need class models or database relationship diagrams. Still, I have never worked on a project where diagrams were available and accurate that they weren’t often in […]