Time Off

Time is a precious commodity, and so much of our time is dedicated to working. IT professionals often have jobs with good benefits, including generous paid time off. It’s very important to get away from work to relax and recharge, but, sometimes, it’s difficult to take those days that belong to us. Even when we … Read more

Introduction to Game Development with Unity and C#

The easiest technologies to use are often the most difficult to create. Take video games. Objects in games must obey the laws of physics among countless other details. Developers can spend their time with details like these, or take advantage of game engines so they can concentrate on what the game does instead. Lance Talbert explains how to get started developing games in C# with the game engine Unity.… Read more

Building a Custom Blocked Process Report

Blocking in SQL Server is normal behavior, but excessive blocking can lead to many complaints and is a symptom of poor performance. SQL Server contains a vast amount of information that can help when troubleshooting performance issues like blocking, but understanding and gathering that information when you need it is a lot of work. Darko Martinovic explains his solution for a custom blocking report.… Read more

Azure and Windows PowerShell: The Basics

It shops do not want to spend time and energy managing infrastructure and servers as was done in the past. They must conserve resources for the things that add value for the business. Today, it is challenging for companies to automate and configure their Azure infrastructure. In the first part of his new series, Nicolas Prigent introduces the basics about Azure and Windows PowerShell for DevOps and Sysadmin.… Read more

An Introduction to Azure Event Grid

Azure Event Grid (in preview) is a new event routing service that works with Azure Logic Apps and Azure Functions. It’s one more solution that enables developers to focus on business value, not on infrastructure. Christos Matskas explains how this new feature works and walks you through a simple example. … Read more

Self-improvement: Uniquely Human

There are many things that separate humans from other animals. One of those things is our interest in improving ourselves. Many of us are motivated, especially this time of year, to learn languages, better our health, develop leadership qualities, or increase wealth. There is an entire genre of literature dedicated to self-improvement, also known as … Read more

A Walk Around SQL Operations Studio

SQL Server Management Studio has been the default tool for working with SQL Server for over a decade. It’s not, however, compatible with any operating system outside of Microsoft Windows. SQL Operations Studio (SQLOPS), the open source program originally called ‘Project Carbon’, is now available for users of Linux and macOS as well as Windows. Robert Cain demonstrates the features of SQLOPS.… Read more