15 November 2007
15 November 2007

LINQ and vNext

The history of IT is littered with the corpses of software companies that assumed that a solution that worked well in particular circumstances would necessarily become a generic panacea. Who, for example, now remembers the past giants of the Workflow industry? The Orcas chrysalis is now hatching into the Visual Studio 2008 butterfly. Well, most … Read more
31 October 2007
31 October 2007

What are the most innovative .NET tools?

We all have our favourite websites. Not the ones we read as part of our job, but the ones we scan whilst munching sandwiches at the desk or, surreptitiously, during an application build process. I’m hooked on giveawayoftheday.com at the moment. It is a site that gives away licensed software. It features a different product … Read more
18 September 2007
18 September 2007

Registering for PASS: the deadly game

MONDAY, 17 September 2007 On a slightly overcast Denver Monday morning, I strolled into the Colorado Convention Centre, intent on registering for the PASS conference. I stared in wonderment at the distinctive blue bear, entered the building, and followed the sign for “PASS registration”. I duly approached the registration desk. “Hi, I’m here to register” … Read more
11 July 2007
11 July 2007

SQL Server Performance Bugbears

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
12 June 2007
12 June 2007

What do you want to see on Simple Talk?

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
05 June 2007
05 June 2007

MSVSBS

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
06 February 2007
06 February 2007

"Jargon busting" competition

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
12 December 2006
12 December 2006

Douglas Reilly

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
06 November 2006
06 November 2006

Simple Talk at SQL PASS

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
04 October 2006
04 October 2006

Bamkraxler

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
19 September 2006
19 September 2006

The Joy of Simple Talk Editorial Meetings

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
16 September 2006
16 September 2006

This Web 2.0 thing

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
30 August 2006
30 August 2006

A visit to the Bilbao Guggenheim

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
16 August 2006
16 August 2006

Developer vs. Tester vs. PM

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
14 August 2006
14 August 2006

Testing LiveWriter for blogging

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