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Why I Make Animated Gifs for Presentation Demo Backups

Why I Make Animated Gifs for Presentation Demo Backups

PASS Summit 2019 starts up next Monday with pre-conference sessions. I’ve got my schedule all set, and I’m going to be busy: I’m speaking in two full-day pre-conference sessions, giving two regular sessions, judging the ever-exciting Speaker Idol competition, and also spending time at the Redgate booth in the expo hall. Oh, and I scored a little PASS-TV interview to talk about Redgate right before the keynote on the first day.
Building my schedule for PASS Summit 2019

Building my schedule for PASS Summit 2019

It’s just ten days until PASS Summit 2019 begins in Seattle. The schedule is up and there are loads of good sessions. Here’s what I’m putting on my calendar to make sure that I don’t miss it – along with some things that I wish I could attend that I’ll be sure to catch the videos of afterwards.

What's Unique About SQL Saturdays: Nearly Everyone Interacts with Other People

What's Unique About SQL Saturdays: Nearly Everyone Interacts with Other People

Today I was looped in on an email thread about the pros and cons of attending a specific event. One person on the thread asked if any of us had attended the event in the past, and whether or not event attendees were engaged with presenters and vendor representatives.

My immediate thought was: of course the attendees were engaged, because the event is a SQL Saturday.  I’ve never been to a SQL Saturday where the attendees weren’t engaged.

But, I realized that it’s a fair question.

Paying down technical debt

Paying down technical debt

One of the cool things that I do as an Evangelist at Redgate is to periodically visit company headquarters in Cambridge. The other Evangelists and I get to meet with every software developer, product manager, and UX designer at Redgate over a series of meetings. That’s really cool. We talk about things that they’ve released lately, what they’re looking at doing in the near future, and we get to give feedback based on what we hear from the community and from folks in the sales process. We also get to share what we personally think should happen in these products now.

Watch: Kendra Breaks and Fixes SQL Source Control (9 minutes)

Watch: Kendra Breaks and Fixes SQL Source Control (9 minutes)

I love breaking technology.

I love breaking technology on purpose, in a place where it’s not going to slow anyone else down. It’s a great way to learn more about how everything works and what your options are to fix the situation when things go sideways.

State vs Migration for Database Source Control - decide based on one question

State vs Migration for Database Source Control - decide based on one question

One controversial topic in database development is how to properly store and deploy database changes.

This is generally described as choosing between two options, which are approximately as easy to understand as Greek philosophy:

  • State based - A Platonic view of the database as a snapshot of a set of forms in a given state at a point in time
  • Migrations - An Aristotelian view of the database defined as a series of scripts which generate change over time
Why You Should Take the 'State of Database DevOps Survey' Today (even if you don't do DevOps)

Why You Should Take the 'State of Database DevOps Survey' Today (even if you don't do DevOps)

When I began working with databases, nobody talked about DevOps. It was a few years before I heard the words ‘Agile’ and ‘Extreme Programming’, (which I still read as “EXTREEEEEEMMMMME programmin!"). A lot has changed since then. But a lot hasn’t changed as well.

Please help us track the history of how we work with databases by taking the Redgate State of Database DevOps survey today. I believe it’s helpful to our whole community to participate in this survey, and this post explains a few reasons why. 

Update: The survey is now closed, thanks folks!