Tony Davis is an Editor with Red Gate Software, based in Cambridge (UK), specializing in databases, and especially SQL Server. He edits articles and writes editorials for both the Simple-talk.com and SQLServerCentral.com websites and newsletters, with a combined audience of over 1.5 million subscribers. You can sample his short-form writing at either his Simple-Talk.com blog or his SQLServerCentral.com author page.
As the editor behind most of the SQL Server books published by Red Gate, he spends much of his time helping others express what they know about SQL Server. He is also the lead author of the book, SQL Server Transaction Log Management.
In his spare time, he enjoys running, football, contemporary fiction and real ale.
Whilst trying out Robyn and Phil’s excellent TSQL Newsfeed, some of the first articles that I saw was Linchi Shea’s fascinating Blog entries about the performance impact of not using owner-qualified stored procedure calls. I had no knowledge of this particular performance hit, which seemed to be coming out at around 15% and 25%. Prefixing … Read more
The whole area of “SQL Server myths” is an interesting one. One of the fascinations of working with SQL Server is that, the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. To the beginner SQL Server is presented as a series of black-and-white facts and rules designed to make learning easier. It is … Read more
At Simple-Talk, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to present practical technical content to our readers, and to stimulate discussion. Whilst sharpening our pencils, we dream of capturing some of the glorious, anarchic pooling of ideas and creativity that one finds in the open source communities. From the ultra-practical Workbenches, to the “what … Read more
Keynote address, Bob Muglia, Tech Ed 2007, Orlando Greetings from Tech Ed Orlando. What do Orlando and Microsoft keynotes have in common? Lots of hot air. Boom Boom! I’m sure I’m not the first or last to crack that lame gag. The Orange County Convention centre is huge. I mean massive. I’ve been here at … Read more
The real advances in IT are seldom the ones that are heralded by great noise or media hype. So many of the technologies that have become part of our lives, such as browsers, Email and ‘texting’ came surreptitiously, almost by accident. Technologies that come with a fanfare often tend to fade away. In retrospect, what … Read more
How many people have admired the current “mission statement” for Simple-Talk.com? If you take a look at the top of the Home Page you’ll see it… SQL Server and .NET put simply How does that grab you? Exactly. That’s why we’re after a new one ;). The impetus for this was a phrase that one … Read more
What, in your opinion, are the worst, most annoying cases of IT jargon that are currently in vogue? At Simple-talk we’re on a drive to stamp them out. The top five words/phrases that you will not hear around Simple-Talk are: Synergy Thought leadership Social media communities Ground-floor opportunity Vibrant (by order of Phil Factor) The … Read more
Douglas Reilly is a software developer, and a brave and exceptional man. I first had the pleasure of working with him when he submitted his Coming out as a Cancer Survivor article for the Simple-Talk website. In this article, he detailed his experiences as a software developer who had decided to be open and honest … Read more
Well, no-one can accuse Microsoft of giving out mixed messages. The framework for Steve Ballmer’s keynote this morning was exactly the same as the one used by Ray Ozzie et al. at Tech Ed 2006 in Boston. You’ll be relieved to here that Microsoft are still very much “people ready” and are still trying their … Read more
I just wanted to provide everyone with a “heads-up” on Simple-Talk’s plans for SQL PASS in Seattle. If you’re at the show and are interested in talking – maybe about writing an article, doing a short interview, to tell me how great Simple-Talk is, or just to give me a good slap, then drop me … Read more
A grand day out in Vienna a few Saturdays ago finished in the 19th district at the fantastically-named Bamkraxler pub. I had no real expectations of the place, but it turned out to be so much more than an amusing name (although after 5 pints of beer, it’s amazing how long you can be kept amused … Read more
Phil Factor’s recent blog on The Joy of IT Meetings contains a lot of good advice, but if you really want your meetings to be productive, I can only suggest you adopt the Simple-Talk approach. All you need are some good people, a traditional local hostelry, some lovingly-brewed real ale and about 2 hours. Here’s … Read more
Browsing around Dr Dobb’s, I read Mike Elgin’s take on the Web 2.0 malarkey. I liked his simple definition of Web 2.0 as “all the Web sites out there that get their value from the actions of users”. He also makes the interesting contrast between Yahoo’s “top news” page (stories selected by professional editors) and … Read more
After getting this new Simple-Talk website out of the door, my wife and I took off to Northern Spain for a well-earned and very pleasant 2-week vacation. Spain is a bit of a default holiday destination for us – occasionally we break away (including a fantastic few weeks in Slovenia one year) but we are … Read more
In a recent blog, Todd Bishop highlighted the fact that Microsoft had hired “more than 10,000 people worldwide in the fiscal year ended June 30, bringing the total to 71,553 (… the biggest annual increase in the company’s history)”. Subsequently, the anonymous Mini-Microsoft blogger duly wondered what exactly these 10K people actually did AT Microsoft – … Read more
Wandering around Sharpreader today, I stopped off (as I usually do) at my old friend Tom Kyte’s blog and saw his entry about the new Windows LiveWriter, a free blogging tool. It sounded like it might help me get round some of the limitations and frustrations I’d found using the Community Server interface — so here … Read more
During the recent World Cup a couple of my friends in the US sent me this clip from an English newspaper claiming (boasting, more like) that English fans were “drinking Germany dry”: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17302491&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=beer-we-go–name_page.html English people seem to have this strange, unfounded reputation as large beer drinkers. The reality is, in fact, that most of us … Read more
As part of an occasional series on odd places to get good beer, on Friday last week Red Gate sent me on a fact-finding mission to Cornwall to investigate “The Watering Hole” pub at Perranporth. Now this pub is actually on the beach – not near it, or overlooking it, but actually on it. The … Read more