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07 October 2014
07 October 2014

Building a Better NuGet

NuGet is the standard package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. It has transformed the ease of getting and installing the latest version of .NET packages, tools and frameworks. It relies on NuGet package authors to get packages right but there is little documentation for them to go by, and there are a few inevitable problems. Ed Charbeneau offers advice from experience … Read more
22 September 2014
22 September 2014

Ninja Immutable Databases

'Immutable' databases operate under the principle that data or objects should not be modified after they are created. Once again they hold the promise of providing strong consistency combined with horizontal read scalability, and built-in caching. Are Immutable databases a new idea? Are they different in any way from the mainstream RDBMSs.… Read more
22 August 2014
22 August 2014

Chris Date and the Relational Model

Chris Date is famous for his writings on relational theory. At IBM in the seventies, and afterwards, he was a friend and colleague of Edgar Codd, who invented the principles of the relational database. Chris took on the role of communicating and teaching Codd's relational theory, and reluctantly admits to a role in establishing SQL as the dominant relational language. Richard Morris interviews the well-known author and computer scientist… Read more
14 August 2014
14 August 2014

Managing Memory with Third-Party Components

Integrating third-party .NET components and libraries into your codebase can be tricky at the best of times, so when we started thinking about memory management we decided to go straight to the source. Chris Massey got in touch with the developers at Aspose, creators of a huge range of .NET components, to learn how they think about .NET memory. … Read more
09 July 2014
09 July 2014

Observations from ALM Forum 2014

Earlier this year Karsten Kempe enjoyed a double premiere: he became a Visual Studio ALM MVP, and he then participated in the ALM forum for the first time. While several people from Red Gate did attend the forum, Karsten's write-up of the 3-day event is thorough and republished here in English with his kind permission.… Read more

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
16 June 2014
16 June 2014

My month with Release!

Alex and his team at Inedo are developing a game - inspired by development strategies like Lean, Agile and DevOps - about software and some of the people who make it. In this opening of a short series, Alex looks at how games affected his office culture, what he's learned about designing games to do more than just be fun, and how his team are hoping to share their passion with the developer community.… Read more
20 May 2014
20 May 2014

Writing Outstanding Proposals

Oftentimes you will be forced to learn how to write proposals without a whole lot of help. You can learn, and be taught, the skill of writing an outstanding proposal, but you can't do it without a fair amount of practice. Today, Dwain explains how to write proposals that can be judged to be outstanding and what, specifically, that means.… Read more
13 May 2014
13 May 2014

Branching and Merging: Ten Pretty-Good Practices

In the course of rescuing a development from 'merge misery', it became increasingly apparent that there were a number of practices for managing branches in the Version Control System that would have reduced the pain and effort of the subsequent merge, and made the dream of continuous delivery come closer to reality. From the experience comes some well-tested ways of making branches and merges a stress-free part of application development.… Read more
08 May 2014
08 May 2014

What is DevOps really?

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
06 May 2014
06 May 2014

Which New Technology Should I Chase?

It is a question that almost anybody working in IT occasionally ask themselves. 'How can I best develop my career to make sure my skills and experience remain in demand?' The questions may be spurred by a variety of reasons, including job-insecurity, dissatisfaction, or a wish for career advancement. So what advice would you give? Buck Woody tackles the difficult question with some straight-forward advice..… Read more
13 January 2014
13 January 2014

Technical Debt and the Cultural Gap

Sometimes, technical jargon is often so readily understandable by the technical community that they forget that it may be interpreted quite differently by the rest of the business. 'Technical Debt' is an example of a metaphor that is considered very differently by others. By failing to adopt a common language, you could be giving a message about your IT project that is quite different to the one you intended.… Read more
09 January 2014
09 January 2014

Five Tips to Get Your Organisation Releasing Software Frequently

The frequency of releasing software varies widely in the industry. There can be good reasons for extended periods between public releases of software, but your development culture or methodology should never be a block. If the test and release process is made as reliable and predictable as possible, then everyone gains. But how do you get started? Jonathan Hickford writes from experience.… Read more
28 October 2013
28 October 2013

Fundamentals of Vendor Management

Creating and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with external vendors is one of the pillars of good project management. Dwain Camps goes through what to expect and allow in your client-vendor relationship during the various stages of a given project to ensure its success and secure that all important win-win outcome.… Read more
19 September 2013
19 September 2013

The Proposals Conundrum

When you work for a small software development (or any services) company, one of the major challenges is to make sure that you expend your limited resources on opportunities that are economically sound. You may be approached by companies that have heard about you and think they might want to do business with you, but do these leads really represent opportunities? How much of your time should be spent finding out? Dwain Camps offers some guidance.… Read more
17 May 2013
17 May 2013

Some “Laws” of Software Development

Despite all the advances in software tools, there seem to be several enduring truths about software development. By understaning these 'laws', Ziv's law, Humphrey's Law and Conway's Law, for example, you can remove some of the mystery of the process. Al Noel discusses these and other laws that seem to apply generally to the art of programming.… Read more