Rants

More comment spam

I just got a few comment spams in my blog. This is fairly common so I usually don’t mind so much. Except these ones were from ApexSQL Software, formally Lockwood Tech. Pretty poor form guys, you know SQLTeam sells advertising if you want to announce a new product. 

posted @ Wednesday, June 02, 2004 8:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Stored Procedure FUD

Stored Procs don't scale... yeah right

posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 7:50 PM | Feedback (10)

Area man blames tools for own lack of knowledge.

Sounds like a headline from The Onion doesn't it ? Something I've mentioned once or twice is my annoyance at people who use the GUI tools that Microsoft supply as an excuse to not know what is actually going along behind the scenes. Then when they hit the brick wall they were heading for by not understanding their toolkit, they rant and rave about how Microsoft is crap, or SQL Server is crap, or HTML is crap, or whatever it is they don't get. This is a perfect example.

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2003 7:24 AM | Feedback (4)

don't log on as sa, dummy

Phil Scott gives an excellent rundown on why your application shouldn't use the SA account to log in with. This link might serve you well as a handy page slap next time you see "sa" in a connection string. Not only that, but very cool use of a Spinal Tap reference in the blog. Way to go Phil!

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2003 6:29 PM | Feedback (1)

Software Fashions

An interesting article about fads in software development. Rob will appreciate this : XML is best at representing data in a clean and open fashion. Anything more is stretching the point, like sticking a saddle on a pig and calling it a micro-horse. Inevitably, books then start to appear that rationalize the industry's madness, such as Micro-Horse Revealed, Micro-Horse Developer's Guide, or Teach Your Micro-Horse to Sing in 21 Days!

posted @ Monday, October 06, 2003 8:32 PM | Feedback (0)

Versioning Code

Why oh why do some developers not feel the need to version stored procedures ? On a current project I have been watching a developer (who happens to be working on a different project to me) work. He seems like he knows what he is doing, and he is following a bunch of "best practices" like CVS and build tools. However, everytime he works on a stored procedure, it is inside Enterprise Manager!!!!! Why is T-SQL code treated like a second class citizen by so many people ?. It is equally crucial to the workings of the system, and equally easy to...

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2003 8:04 PM | Feedback (6)