The cat’s out of the bag – awesome new DBPro edition of VSTS

Hi Folks, I’ve been dying to talk about this one for ages and now the cats out of the bag. Received the following from our RD lead Kevin Schuler this morning. The team has been working away hard at this for quite a while. Gert Drapers has been leading a lot of the development and that can only be a good thing, given Gert’s skills. ============================================= This morning (09:00 PST, Wednesday May 31st 2006) the Visual Studio Team System team announced the availability of a brand product in the Team System family.   Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals delivers … Continue reading The cat’s out of the bag – awesome new DBPro edition of VSTS

SQL Down Under Show 16 – Paul Nielsen

Hi Folks,   SQL Down Under show 16 with guest SQL Server MVP Paul Nielsen is now available for download from In this episode, Paul discusses object relational vs relational databases and his upcoming Nordic framework.   Enjoy!   Regards,   Greg

SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Planning Consulting Engagements

We’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately helping customers plan for their SQL Server 2005 upgrades. I’ve had a few people ask what sorts of things we do in those engagements. I’ve listed the basic topics in those reviews. Hope it helps someone. The basic topics are: 1. Provide an overview of the most significant changes and enhancements in SQL 2k5. 2. Discuss and review the client’s reasons and expectations for an upgrade to SQL 2k5. 3. Review existing database structures to identify any opportunities for improvement in SQL 2k5. 4. Review existing T-SQL coding (samples of stored procedures, etc.) to … Continue reading SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Planning Consulting Engagements

Would you like to work for us ? (Readify)

Over the last year, we’ve gone through quite a growth spurt. The process we go through to hire someone often takes quite a while. Most of the people we hire are already pretty busy with what they are currently doing and so we do understand that they might not be available immediately either. Different to most companies, the emphasis we have is on finding the right people when *they* are available, rather than on hiring people only when we have a need to fill an existing role. We believe that if we have the right people, it won’t be hard … Continue reading Would you like to work for us ? (Readify)

SQL Down Under Show 15 – Kimberly Tripp

SQL Down Under show 15 with guest SQL Server MVP and MSDN Regional Director Kimberly Tripp is now available for download from In this show, Kim discusses two of her passions: SQL Server indexing and scuba diving.

Cleaning out old stuff #2

Another favourite was an entrance exam for the “Australian Joint Warfare Establishment“, also no doubt, borrowed from elsewhere. No idea who to give credit to but felt the need to record it before throwing it: Time Allowed:   40 minutes All questions to be completed. 1. History. Describe the history of the Papacy from its origins to the present day, concentrating especially but not exclusively on its social, political, economic, religious and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Be brief, concise and specific. 2. Medicine. You are provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze and a bottle of … Continue reading Cleaning out old stuff #2

Cleaning out old materials part 1

Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve been cleaning out a lot of old materials. It’s always interesting to see things you haven’t seen for a long time but I don’t like dwelling on them much. A couple of things caught my eye enough to share though. First was from my HP days in the 80’s. There was a cute new product announcement passed around internally that talked about a 7903 MPU with an enhanced instruction set. I’m sure it was “borrowed” from another unknown source but I thought I’d share a few of the processor instructions I liked: BH   Branch and … Continue reading Cleaning out old materials part 1