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Regular Columnist: Phil Factor

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The Right Stimulus

Phil Factor ponders the I/O implications of different drinks with coding.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What is Normal?

Phil Factor on the virtues of "over normalizing"   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 5: Exploring Facts About Tables

Now that we've explored, in preceding levels, some of the information that is available about indexes, triggers, keys and distribution statistics, we can concentrate on the tables themselves and their columns.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/12/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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I can ODBC clearly now

ODBC is the closest thing we have to a universal standard for data access across platforms, applications and data sources. So why doesn't DocumentDB support it?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/11/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Teaching a dog to sing

To survive the inevitable downturns in the IT industry, Phil Factor argues that a IT manager needs to take time to maintain technical skills. It is not enough to understand development; you have to be able to do it.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Towards a Single Management Stack

Phil Factor argues that with both SQL Server and PowerShell now running on Linux, the latter becomes increasingly important in achieving the goal of a single management stack for databases across all hosting environments.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server docks in Linux

The Database Engine on the Data Platform departs for Linux. A late arrival but worthwhile, says Phil Factor.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/08/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 3: Exploring Indexes

This level of the Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata focuses on indexes and all the information you can gather about them.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 2: Using the Dynamic Online Catalog to Solve Problems

In this second level of the Stairway, Phil looks at where we go to find information about objects, using triggers as the example.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/09/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Point-in-time data

Phil Factor explains why data detached from its temporal context often loses all meaning.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/08/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Adding Old Features?

Is Row Level Security a new feature? Or should MS work on improving old ones?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/08/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Delivering Rapid Improvements to SSMS

SSMS has spent years being neglected, merely being kept compatible with SQL Server and its features: But now we have, instead, the promise of monthly delivery of new functionality  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/07/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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Stairway to Exploring Database Metadata Level 1: Why Should You Care About the Dynamic Online Catalog?

In this first level, we look at the overview of what metadata is contained in each database, gain some understanding of the different types of information, and examine a few basic examples.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/08/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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Meeting Cheating

A distaste for meetings.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/06/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Information Schema and Cross-RDBMS Working

A look at the ODBC standard and how valuable it has been, unlike the Information Schema implementations.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/05/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A nice whistle and flute

Phil Factor recounts the most important lesson of his early IT career: try not to burst into giggles when you get to look at the client's IT system.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/04/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Hunting in Packs

Waterfall is the practice most destructive to developer productivity? Nonsense, according to Phil Factor. Lack of basic team coordination skills comes much higher in the list.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Code smells versus transgressions

The oddest SQL practices can be done deliberately for good reason, but are there any that are always wrong, that are so bad that that their use should be prohibited as a matter of policy?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2016/04/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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