James Moore

James Moore runs the SQL Tools division at Red Gate Software.

13 December 2012
13 December 2012

The Benefits of Regular Deployment

When developing software, it makes sense to 'fail early, fail often'; to become aware of mistakes quickly and to learn from them. This means being able to deliver software as early in development as possible. This makes it easier to gather opinions and promote discussions with the people who would want to use the application; and then respond to the feedback. … Read more
04 August 2011
04 August 2011

A trip back to the sharp end

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On 1st August, James Moore, head of the team at Red Gate who brought to the world the likes of SQL Prompt, SQL Compare and SQL Source Control, and responsible for the future strategy for SQL developer tools at Red Gate, set off on a “walkabout”, leaving a sizeable team to run itself, for an … Read more
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28 January 2009
28 January 2009

Adopting Scrum

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We kicked off a new project a few months ago: rewriting ANTS Memory Profiler.  As part of the project, we decided to give Scrum a try. The team was already reasonably Agile without explicitly adopting Scrum principles, as we had our EAP program in place when developing ANTS Performance Profiler. But hey, why not try something … Read more
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16 December 2008
16 December 2008

What’s cooking?

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In the most recent issue of the economist’s “Technology Quarterly” there is an article about one of the oldest inventions ever – the humble cooking stove. Why was this important, but decidedly “low-tech”, device being featured alongside netbooks, botnets and exafloods? The article described a project for producing stoves for refugees in Darfur. The stoves … Read more
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19 November 2008
19 November 2008

Cloud Computing == Bubble 2.0?

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So Microsoft has jumped on the Cloud bandwagon. I doubt there was a single person in the room who was surprised when Ray Ozzie got up on stage and announced their new Cloud OS, Windows Azure; but I’m sure many of us were interested to see Microsoft’s take on cloud computing. Personally I’m not convinced … Read more
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22 October 2008
22 October 2008

A Proliferation of New Technologies

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Over the past few years we’ve seen a proliferation of new technologies from Microsoft. We have WPF, WWF, WCS, WCF, Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, The entity framework, LINQ, Expression Studio, TFS, DLR, DSL… The list already appears endless, and in another two years we can probably add another half dozen technologies based around Windows 7, the … Read more
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09 November 2007
09 November 2007

A little bit of Genius

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Over the years I have installed Linux distro’s many many times – the first was sometime around Red Hat 4 and it has never been a pleasant experience, that is until I came to do it this morning. With trepidation I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu, burnt it to CD (kudos on the installation instructions … Read more
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29 August 2007
29 August 2007

In Response…

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There has been plenty of response to my interview a few days ago with Simple-Talk – rather than trying to cram all of my thoughts into the size of a comment box I thought I would spend a little more time and try and respond to people more fully here. Mike O’Neil pointed out Visual … Read more
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07 December 2006
07 December 2006

Announcing SQL Backup 5.0 Beta!

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After what seems like an age I am pleased to announce the release of the Backup 5.0 beta. Its a highly exciting time for all of us on the SQL Backup team and we are looking forward to seeing what you have to say about the new version of SQL Backup. From the release notes: … Read more
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23 November 2006
23 November 2006

The Managed Stack Explorer

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Its always nice as a developer when you find a new tool to make your life easier – understanding what is actually happening during the execution of your application (rather than what you think is happening) is key to fixing those hard to find bugs. Visual Studio does a pretty good job of helping with … Read more
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10 November 2006
10 November 2006

The four second cutoff

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There was an article about some research which Akamai has done on user’s experiences of online stores – mainly with respect to loading times – on Slashdot yesterday and it appeared on BBC News this morning as well. Their headline conclusion was that if a web page took more than 4 seconds to load then … Read more
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10 November 2006
10 November 2006

Sysinternals @ Microsoft

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I dont quite know when this appeared but Microsoft have added the sysinternals stuff to technet – If you havn’t used sysinternals tools before then you are missing a real treat – I have lost count of the amount of times they have helped me debug some particularly tricky low level problem. Anyway the link … Read more
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