The Art of Commenting

This week I noticed an article on comments in PoSh over at Simple Talk. It’s a nice look at the topic from Greg Moore and discusses the various ways that you can comment in the language. Since these scripts are often shared in a corporate environment and because they may outlast your tenure, it’s a good idea to include comments in your scripts and functions. The idea with PowerShell is similar to what you get from docstrings in...

Fantasy SQL Server

This past week was the 118th T-SQL Tuesday (hosted by Kevin Chant) and it was a great one. Lots of people participated, with some really interesting entries. Kevin asked people to post their fantast T-SQL (or SQL Server) feature that they wish Microsoft would build. From better defaults and hints to a performance rating to CCI improvements to better partitioning, there are lots of creative solutions. Look for the recap this coming...

Changing Hardware

I’ve been an Intel user for most of my life. While I have owned Mac machines, and I did once have an AMD desktop for the kids, I have pretty much stuck with Intel as my CPU of choice. Certainly I’ve had other processors in mobile devices, but for work, I have almost always purchased servers, desktops, or laptops with Intel CPUs. I remember the time in the 80s and 90s when there were lawsuits, advertisements, and innuendo put out by...

Building or Buying Analytics

One of the decisions that I’ve been involved with at the beginning of every software project is whether to buy software to solve the problem or build our own. This might be a quick “is there software anyone knows about to do this?” query, or an in-depth review of the marketplace or something in between. Often it’s a limited discussion on whether we think the problem is close enough to one other organizations have. If so,...

Getting Close

Last week we saw the release of SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.5, with enhancements for Big data clusterrs and a Java language SDK for SQL Server. This is the 6th public release of the next version, and one that’s coming at an increasing rate. If you look at the cadence, there was a release in September, then November, then December, about once a month. A long delay at the beginning of the year, but now 3 releases in a month and a half, which...

The End of XP

This week we have the end of Windows XP. At least, we have the end of support, which means the lifespan of the OS was over 17 years. That’s a long time. It’s longer than I’ve run any system without an upgrade. I have some Windows 7 systems I use at times, but that’s a mere 10 years old. I know there are still a few SQL 2000 systems out there, which is older than XP, and likely a few of them are running on Windows 2000 in a VM...

The Pros and Cons of Terabyte Phones

A few years ago I wrote a piece about the growth of storage in many devices and the large quantities of data that can be kept. I speculated that we might see terabyte mobile phone storage in a decade. That was 2014 and this past week Samsung announced they had created a 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage chip for phones. You can already get a Note9 with 512GB of storage, so this isn’t a huge leap, but it does feel like a...

Choosing a Career

This was a short week in the US with the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a time when many people in the US have a long holiday weekend and often get together with family for some time away from work. It’s also a tradition for many people to “give thanks” to the blessings and people in their life. It’s a good time to reflect and appreciate the things that go well for you. That doesn’t mean that many, or even most, of us aren’t...

We Need Data Privacy Consistency

For most of the last year, I’ve had quite a bit of my time devoted to the GDPR and related topics. My company is affected, as it’s based in the UK. Not only must we comply, but we know many other companies must as well. As a result, some of our product focus was aimed at helping companies solve their data privacy issues, especially with regards to data. That continues to be a good idea as the GDPR isn’t the only regulation out...