Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Source Control is Your Friend

I use source control religiously in my development. I would never think of writing code without saving it in a source control system and checking in "early and often".

So why was I hand-editing the template for my blog without first saving the old version? Misplaced confidence, that's why. Of course I made one too many changes and completely screwed it up.

Since I had no source, I had to rebuild it from another blog's template. It is now under source control.

This is a lesson I learned many years ago. I just keep learning it over and over.


Monday, November 20, 2006

Back from PASS 2006

I had a great time at PASS 2006. The classes were great. The keynotes were great. I got to have lunch with two great people from Microsoft, Cihangir Biyikoglu (Cihan) and Ward Pond.

I have been working with Cihan for quite awhile now and always value his knowledge and advice. His class on Friday was very well attended and quite interesting.

I had been reading Ward's blog but had never met him. I just commented in his blog that I would like to meet him. We spent an hour and a half talking Friday at lunch about design, Microsoft, the plight of development-focused database people*, and many other topics.

Overall, it was a great week and definitely worth all the money Corillian paid for me to be there.


* The question: Why do so many organizations have database administrators to clean up the problems in their databases. Why not just hire more (and/or better) database developers so that the databases are designed and programmed better? Then there wouldn't be such a mess to clean up.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Is SqlJunkies.com Abandoned?

So much for my idea of continuing to write for SqlJunkies.com. All indications are that the site has been abandoned. I sent e-mail to someone at CMP Media, but I have not received a response.

So, I am looking for alternatives. I do want to continue to write for someone.

Wish me luck.