Posts Categorized in Software development

At Redgate, we develop software applications, tools, devices, LEGO, and more. Here, you’ll find posts on what we’re developing, how we go about developing it, and what we value and encourage in our software developers. You might even see a post about building LEGO soon.

Masking your on-premises database with SQL Data Mask

Things move fast in Foundry, Redgate’s research and development division. In our last update three weeks ago we announced our intention to build a version of SQL Data Mask that would mask on-premises SQL Server databases, as well as Azure SQL Databases. We’re pleased to say this version is now available. We’re working closely... read more

SQL Data Mask: now featuring configurable masks

SQL Data Mask is the latest prototype to come out of the Foundry. It copies your database while anonymizing personal data. You can use it to mask your databases right now, free of charge. What we’ve been up to: Progress on SQL Data Mask is advancing quickly. Based on the feedback you’ve given us,... read more

Dude, where’s my database? Inventory management by Foundry

Foundry is Redgate’s research and development division. We develop products and technologies for the Microsoft data platform. Each project progresses through Foundry’s four-stage product development process: research, concept, prototype and beta. At each stage, the Foundry team is exploring the scope and potential for Redgate to develop a product. We’ve just started researching inventory... read more

SQL Data Mask preview by Foundry

What’s SQL Data Mask? SQL Data Mask is the latest product from Foundry to be graduated to the prototype phase. It copies your database while anonymizing personal data. You can use it to mask your databases right now, free of charge, and there’s a full tutorial below. You can also look at the upcoming... read more

The right way to approach a legacy code base

On Friday, March 10, I attended the Working Effectively with Legacy Code workshop hosted by Michael Feathers, along with a few other members of my team. We maintain a difficult legacy code base and we were eager to do some practice and learn some useful techniques. The most important lesson I learned is that any... read more

Six shades of masking your data

Foundry is Redgate’s research and development division. We develop products and technologies for the Microsoft data platform. Each project progresses through Foundry’s four-stage product development process: Research, Concept, Prototype, Beta. At each stage, the Foundry team is exploring the scope and potential for Redgate to develop a product. One of our projects, data masking,... read more

Universal Architecture

In this post, I’d like to introduce you to the Universal Architecture idea described by J.B. Rainsberger in the podcast Unit Testability and the Universal Architecture. Everyone wants to deliver software that works and delivers value to our customers. That’s a fact! Everyone wants our software to be easy to change and maintain. That’s obvious! Unfortunately, we... read more