12 July 2006
12 July 2006

Beer and victory celebrations

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
07 July 2006
07 July 2006

Good beer in unexpected places

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
14 June 2006
14 June 2006

Tech Ed 2006 Snippets: FoxPro lives

In the press room, Mary Jo Foley (from Microsoft Watch) was expounding on how hard it was to predict which articles would really take off and which would bomb. She would write controversial pieces on the latest hot topics, such as SharePoint, expecting a whirlwind response and getting barely a breeze. She then punts out … Read more
12 June 2006
12 June 2006

Tech Ed 2006: Power to Microsoft People

Well, your intrepid ST hack made it (almost) all the way through the opening 2.5 hour – yep read’em and weep – keynote. It was a tough 130 mins, and reminded me more than anything else of the oft-asked question: “Has Microsoft forgotten how to talk to its developers?” Certainly there seemed to be little for … Read more
11 June 2006
11 June 2006

Tech Ed 20006: pre-match warm up

As an Englishman I’m well used to the experience of leaving some gloriously sun-kissed location and returning home to greyness and drizzle. But rarely the opposite. However, so it was on Friday as we swapped a sweltering, blue-skied London for the rain-drenched streets of Boston. Our hotel (the Onyx) is one of those seemingly ubiquitous … Read more
08 June 2006
08 June 2006

To SP or not to SP in SQL Server? Alway SP

I have had a lot of emails following Adam Machanic’s recent SP article on Simple-Talk. A few of the correspondents expressed frustration that they couldn’t air their views on the article publicly (a limitation that will be removed on the soon-to-be-launched new site) so let’s use this as a landing space for the debate. First, … Read more
07 June 2006
07 June 2006

Simple Talk, Live from Tech Ed Boston

Tech Ed in Boston is just around the corner and the Red Gate offices are a feverish hive of activity (carefully coordinated around numerous swag boxes). I will be at the event, trying to dig out the latest news and views and hopefully, scratching a little beneath the shiny surface of the MS hype machine. … Read more
26 May 2006
26 May 2006

Beer, SQL Server and .NET

There is a line in the book “London Fields” where the main character is asked why he only drinks lager when playing darts and not real ale. His answer is (I’m paraphrasing and omitting a lot of swear words — this is Martin Amis after all): “It’s kegged. You know what you are getting every … Read more