12 October 2015

12 October 2015

DLM S1 – The manual stage

At Redgate Software, we’ve been trying to build tools that help developers work with software better. One of our areas of focus in the last few years has been streamlining database development and deployment. To help customers migrate to a smoother workflow and a better engineered software development pipeline, we’ve built our own maturity... Read more

8 October 2015

8 October 2015

An overview of Database Lifecycle Management

One of the ways in which many software development teams have tried to improve the quality of their output is by examining what has worked in other organizations and projects in the past. They look to experiment with new techniques and ideas, and implement those items that work. This practice has allowed Agile, Scrum,... Read more

14 September 2015

14 September 2015

Using PhantomJS to improve UI automated testing

Test automation is a major part of the testing effort conducted at Redgate, and all our teams work hard to continuously improve existing practices. In this post, I’ll describe one of the problems we faced – and our approach for solving it. Scenario: A set of UI automated tests with Selenium were not trustable.... Read more

26 August 2015

26 August 2015

SQL Prompt 7’s new snippet manager

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

24 August 2015

24 August 2015

Birds, Bees, and Honeycomb

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

10 August 2015

10 August 2015

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

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

22 July 2015

22 July 2015

The key to avoiding database version control problems

It’s a familiar story. Two developers are working on a database, they’re using version control, and there’s a problem. The bigger problem is, they don’t even know they have a problem. As far as they’re concerned, they’re doing everything right. They’ve been using version control, so they can deploy the database changes they’ve been... Read more

21 July 2015

21 July 2015

Two different types of release branch

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