Melanie Townsend

Melanie is in the publishing department at Red Gate, working on Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral.com as sometimes editor, marketer, webmaster, and writer. She has conducted a number of surveys on how people work with SQL Server, the best so far ended with SQLServerCentral.com readers voting on who had the absolute worst day as a DBA.

15 June 2015
15 June 2015

Change Scripts Research

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How do you use change scripts for your database deployments? This is the question Redgate’s SQL Source Control team is trying to answer. They’re conducting research to understand not only SQL Source Control users, but anyone who uses change scripts for database deployment so they can make the best improvements to their product as possible. … Read more
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13 November 2014
13 November 2014

Getting Feedback

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If you’ve ever worked on a project that you really cared about, you might be able to relate to the pain of trying to get feedback. The begging, the pleading, the bribing. Sometimes called soliciting, a word which has connotations all its own. But the point is, why is it so hard to get feedback … Read more
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Improving SSMS One Add-in at a Time with Vladimir Yangurskiy

As a serial developer of open-source software in his free time, Vladimir Yangurskiy was bound to be noticed by Red Gate's SSMS ecosystem champion David Pond. One of Vladimir's projects, Supratimas, has since become the ecosystem's most popular SSMS add-in. Melanie and David sat down with Vladimir to talk about his tool, writing add-ins, and what he'd like to see added to SQL Server Management Studio.… Read more
19 December 2013
19 December 2013

Recognizing Community Leaders – Tribal Awards Finalists

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The time has come, voting is now open for the Tribal Awards finalists. Let’s recognize the people who go over and above for the technical community in the following 11 categories. Article that saved my bacon in 2013 Break large delete operations into chunks by Aaron Bertrand: http://www.sqlperformance.com/2013/03/io-subsystem/chunk-deletes Transaction Log VLFs – too many or … Read more
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11 December 2013
11 December 2013

State of the Tribal Awards

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The Tribal Awards are underway! I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the progress of the awards and some of the nominations we’ve received. If you haven’t done so already, get your choices in at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TribalAwards Article that saved my bacon in 2013 Nominations are thin on the ground for this one! We’re … Read more
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19 September 2013
19 September 2013

TribalSQL – A First for Everyone

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TribalSQL is coming out in October – 15 first-time authors each wrote one chapter on what they thought you should know about databases. This is a community project by MidnightDBA and Red Gate who have both donated quite a chunk of time to the project, and all royalties are being donated to Computers4Africa. Jen McCown … Read more
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