SQL Prompt 7’s new snippet manager

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During the development of SQL Prompt 7, we overhauled the snippet manager to make it more powerful and customizable. The snippet manager documentation lives here but there are some subtleties that I wanted to cover in in this post. Everyone writes SQL differently and we want SQL Prompt to work with your current workflow... read more

Birds, Bees, and Honeycomb

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Had I ever been asked the question “What animal would you like to be and why?” (apparently it was a common interview brainteaser), I would have answered “A penguin”. I like water, I also like sardines. I don’t care much for flying (in fact, the older I get, the more frightening a prospect that... read more

The why (and more importantly the how) of automated database deployment

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Reliability, traceability, speed: these are the top three motivators for automating the deployment of database changes. Especially when it comes to production, there is no compromising on the level of scrutiny that may just prevent something disastrous happening in production. This need for quality has a strange effect. We talked recently to 30 teams at various stages... read more

Developing Product Marketers

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We’re currently trying to hire a number of product marketers and I’m regularly asked questions about personal development. What are the opportunities for progression? What’s available from a personal development perspective? What training is available? This is particularly pertinent when people are switching industries, or when they perceive us doing something highly technical that,... read more

Introducing term time working

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Finding and recruiting IT people is tough. Not just for us, but for every technology company in Cambridge. And it’s all down to the digital skills gap – a gap that could, according to figures released by the European Commission in June 2015, lead to 825,000 vacancies in the IT sector by 2020. So... read more

Source controlling your database permissions

The problem A common question we encounter when working with SQL Source Control is about database permissions. Different environments require different permissions, so should you just omit them entirely from Source Control? Or perhaps include only permissions for your production environment? Permissions are extremely important, so not source controlling them at all doesn’t seem... read more

Two different types of release branch

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When devising the first workshop for the new Redgate DLM training program, Steve Jones and I got into a bit of a debate about branching. Upon reflection, it’s obvious why. People often use the term ‘release branch’, but they can mean different things. It is important to be clear. I did some Googling and... read more

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