Ops and Development people are busy, and focussed on their jobs. They have plenty of ideas for improving the whole software delivery process but the task of developing, maturing and communicating a different way of working isn't often in their job-description. Others are only too keen to do so, but on their own terms. So, let's get clarity. What is the central DevOps idea really?… Read more
If ever there was an irresistible programmer's platitude, it is that code-reuse is invariably a good thing. Unfortunately, even the best of advice can be taken to a ludicrous extreme, the construction of generic frameworks within organisations. Mike Mooney gives a warning, based on painful experiences.
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SQL Azure can take away a great deal of the maintenance work from a hosted database-driven website. It isn't perfect, however, in that it doesn't support the archiving of data by the users. Mike Mooney explains how he customised the solution with SQL Compare and SQL Data Compare to solve the problem of getting local backup copies of database schema and data.
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It is a question every development manager dreads; "So how does your company handle database changes?". The reply usually masks a multitude of sins against all the canons of version control. Mike has seen most of these sins and, like the ancient mariner, is keen to give you the awful warning, 'Neglect database source control at your peril'.… Read more