Bart Read

Bart is a project manager for Red Gate Software Ltd. He's currently looking after the .NET Reflector Pro project. Previously he's working on ANTS Memory Profiler, ANTS Performance Profiler, SQL Prompt, and has touched the code for most of the Red Gate SQL developer tools... some of them still haven't recovered from the shock. He was born and grew up in Dorset, was educated in Nottingham and London, and likes music and real ale. His photo is extremely misleading.

28 April 2008
28 April 2008

What’s up with ‘using’?

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Let me lay my cards on the table right from the start: I don’t like using, and I don’t use it any more (no pun intended). In fact I haven’t for quite some time. In this post I’m going to try to explain why I don’t use it, and why I don’t think you should … Read more
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12 February 2008
12 February 2008

The world is once again as it should be

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Weeeeell… okay, so a cursory glance at today’s news headlines would suggest that to be a rather bold claim, however a few days ago I noticed that The Daily WTF was back to its old self. I’m not the most avid reader, although I do stop by fairly regularly, so I’m not sure when it … Read more
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28 August 2007
28 August 2007

Why Automatic Software Updates Suck

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Or, why doesn’t the Red Gate “Check for updates” service automatically download and install software updates? Disclaimer: everything in this post represents my view only and does not necessarily coincide with the viewpoint of Red Gate Software Ltd. On the other hand I’m not trying to be deliberately contrary, I’m just saying don’t take this … Read more
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26 July 2007
26 July 2007

**SQL Prompt 3.5 Released**

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Well, this is it, it’s finally out there. Download it from http://www.red-gate.com/products/SQL_Prompt/index.htm Improvements include: Visual Studio 2005 database project support Cross database queries Distributed queries across linked SQL Server instances Correlated subqueries 3 – 5 times faster metadata retrieval Large script support 40 – 95% decrease in memory footprint And plenty more. I’ll be carrying … Read more
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20 July 2007
20 July 2007

Visual Studio 2005 Support in SQL Prompt 3.5

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Well it’s taken me slightly longer to get around to writing this than originally planned, however… Visual Studio 2005 support, along with cross-database/linked server support was one of our top two requested features for SQL Prompt 3.5. It got to the point where not a day would go past without somebody emailing sales or support … Read more
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28 February 2007
28 February 2007

How to use SQL Prompt 3 without being dbo…

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For anyone out there working with SQL Server on a large or mission critical system it’s quite likely that, unless you’re the DBA, you’re not going to have dbo access to the databases you’re working with, particularly if you’re working directly with the production servers. Unsurprisingly then we’ve had a number of complaints from people … Read more
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22 January 2007
22 January 2007

**SQL Prompt 3 Released**

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We’re very pleased to be able to announce the release of SQL Prompt 3. Get it here: http://www.red-gate.com/products/SQL_Prompt/index.htm We’ve fixed quite a number of bugs since the final beta. Most notably the popup behaviour is significantly improved. We’ve also added support for SQL Server 7. We hope you enjoy using it!… Read more
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30 November 2006
30 November 2006

A Truly Thread-Safe Event Handler Collection

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For quite a while after I moved into the world of .NET I was slightly bugged by event registration in that I had this nagging suspicion that one day it would all go horribly wrong and blow up in my face because I have this incredibly nasty habit of using background threads for long-running, or … Read more
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24 November 2006
24 November 2006

OK dude, cut the bull – where *IS* SQL Prompt 3?

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I’ve recently become conscious of how much I’ve started sounding like the guys over at 3D Realms who are now infamous for stating the release date of Duke Nukem Forever as “when it’s done.” They have however also provided some comfort in that the aformentioned game has been in development now for nearly ten years, … Read more
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18 October 2006
18 October 2006

Another Body Blow For Freedom Of Speech

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I need to apologise because we’ve had to disable anonymous comments on my blog due to the fact that for some reason this post in particular seems to be attracting an inordinate amount of spam advertising various “exotic” items, websites and services. Guess it must be my kinky porn star name… either that or the … Read more
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16 August 2006
16 August 2006

SQL Prompt 3 Beta – First Contact

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Those of you that have so far signed up for the SQL Prompt 3 beta program, or at least those of you who signed up before about 11 o’clock this morning (British Summer Time), should now have received an email telling you a bit more about the beta. If you think you should have received … Read more
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15 August 2006
15 August 2006

Extended SQL Prompt 3 Special Offer

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Some good news! We’ve decided to extend the $99 per license introductory pricing to all orders placed on or before October 20th 2006, which gives you another 3 weeks to get your orders in before it reverts to its full price of $195. Full details are available at: http://www.red-gate.com/MessageBoard/viewtopic.php?t=2815 Enjoy!Bart… Read more
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10 August 2006
10 August 2006

Nothing To See Here – Move Along

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Words I thought I would never have a legitimate reason to utter, particularly with respect to SQL Prompt 3. But then life’s full of surprises. Many of you will have noticed that late last week I finally decided to stick my head above the parapet and make some sort of comment that might possibly be … Read more
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09 January 2006
09 January 2006

.NET Oddities #4

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This is sheer genius: System.Math.Sin( double a )System.Math.Cos( double a )…etc all take an angle in radians as their argument. However: System.Drawing.Drawing2D.Matrix.Rotate( float angle )and System.Drawing.Drawing2D.Matrix.Rotate( float angle, MatrixOrder order ) both take the angle in degrees. Who on earth designed this?!?? … Never mind, it’s not that important. I’m just going to take a … Read more
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