Database triggers are generally pretty awful. Anyone who has had to deal with a database heavily laden with DML triggers knows this and avoids using them. If anyone tells me that they must use a trigger, I can always prove that there’s a better way that doesn’t bury dependencies and business logic so deeply in the database.… Continue reading Schema Refactoring with Views
A file’s name and location are often used to express what’s inside it. Filenames are not required to be meaningful to human beings but they often follow some sort of pattern for categorizing and describing the data inside them. In this way, we can think of the name of a file as being somewhat like… Continue reading Generating Filenames Dynamically in SSIS
If you use frameworks like Microsoft Azure Mobile Services or Ruby on Rails, then you’re accustomed to complying with a host of development conventions. Frameworks are often said to be opinionated, forcing certain design decisions on the developers who use them. Given that very few software design choices are perfect in every situation, the value… Continue reading On Primary Key Names
One of the questions I’m often asked is whether it’s possible to call SQL stored procedures from Azure Mobile Services. The answer is yes and it’s probably easier than you think. In case you don’t know, Azure Mobile Services is a way to very simply expose an HTTP service over data stored in an Azure… Continue reading Invoking Stored Procedures from Azure Mobile Services
Here are the slides and scripts from my Change Data Capture and Change Tracking Deep Dive talk that I’ve been delivering at various conferences and user groups recently. PowerPoint Presentation SQL Scripts The CT script depends on database setup steps in the CDC, by the way, so run through that one first.
A few years ago, I was working on a project where I needed to calculate the distance between pairs of points on the Earth’s surface. With a bit of research, I found an implementation of the haversine formula written in Python on John D. Cook’s Standalone Numerical Code site. Given a pair of latitude and… Continue reading Earth Surface Distance in T-SQL
Series Redux I discovered Microsoft Code Contracts several years ago and fell in love with the idea. Code Contracts have helped me to write better software since 2008 so I’d like to share them with you. I did an extensive blog series on this subject several years ago which was quite popular. However, in the… Continue reading Code Contracts Part 1 – Introduction
If you have automatic Windows Updates turned off, you may have noticed that you also don’t get Windows Defender updates automatically. There are a lot of reasons why you may want to disable automatic updates. Perhaps you want to pick and choose the ones you accept. Or maybe you don’t want to smash through your… Continue reading Automating Windows Defender Updates