Matt Hilbert is a technology writer at Red Gate with 20 years’ experience working for lots of the world’s biggest tech companies – and many of the smallest. He has a particular fascination for emerging technologies and is on a continuing mission to decompile, untangle, and explain techspeak to a wider audience, and excite people about the endless possibilities technology offers.
XP is no general panacea; but for the right team, and for a product that needs to release bug fixes and new features as fast as possible, its benefits are obvious. Working on one of Red Gate's most popular tools, SQL Prompt, Aaron Law and David Priddle use Extreme Programming (XP) . But is their adherence to XP a personal preference or does it bring real benefits? We sent Matt Hilbert to find out.… Read more
SQL Compare is the industry standard for comparing and deploying SQL Server database schemas, and is used by 71% of Fortune 100 companies. Like all mature products, however, its code base has been growing for years, with new features added, others updated. The end result? A piece of software described by one developer at Red … Read more
Matt Hilbert has noticed a term that keeps popping up: The Next Generation DBA. He believes it's been coined because change is afoot, and a lot of change that will transform the way DBAs work. But what exactly is going on - and what can you do to actually become a Next Gen DBA?… Read more
THE MEXICAN STANDOFF In my article, Does NoSQL = NoDBA? I asked who would win in the battle for dominance for databases. Of course there are benefits to both sides, and a hefty argument could be made a mixed environment, but I’m done talking and want to hand the mic over to you. So, who … Read more
There's a joke doing the rounds at SQL conferences and seminars: three DBAs walk into a NoSQL bar and leave when they can't find a table. You may have heard it before, but it made Matt Hilbert sit down and ponder. What's happening? Is there a division opening up between the newly fashionable NoSQL followers and DBAs? Matt bravely enters the shiny new world of NoSQL to investigate.… Read more