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Regular Columnist: Phil Factor

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The myth of the ‘shared development model’

Phil Factor fluffs the feathers of the shared sandbox model of development.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/07/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: shared development
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Less and Less Visual

Phil Factor ponders the preponderance of text in current database tools, and asks what happened to our glorious graphical future?  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/06/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: ssms
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Same tune, different song

It's not new and I'm already doing it. Phil Factor, a.k.a. Methuselah, on Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/06/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: database deployment
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Anything Remotely Useful

Phi Factor on how to combine PowerShell Remoting with slick Windows tools such as SQLPSX, Boxstarter and Chocolatey, to automate the development process right through to delivery.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/06/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: powershell
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Should your Source Control System understand your code?

Phil Factor ponders why improvements to source control and versioning so often lag behind the pace of progress in development as a whole.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/06/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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No reason to abandon SQL

The early signs are that we can now run a SQL-based relational database with distributed execution plans over commodity hardware, leaving just the task of splicing together of the result to the engine itself, then why can’t Microsoft or Oracle do it?   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/05/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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IT Skills Shortage? No, Just Looking in the wrong place

In which Phil ruminates on the ridiculous idea that we in the West suffer from an IT skills shortage. In truth we have a very blinkered idea of the sort of person who would succeed in an IT Development role   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/03/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Divide and Conquer

Schemas may be largely irrelevant to small databases, where it is no trouble to assign permissions to individual objects, but they are vital for a hard working corporate database that is being actively developed and used by several applications, with thousands of objects that must be assigned the correct permission.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/03/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Best practices, policies and code-smells.

Phil factor warns against taking SQL Coding 'best-practices' too much at face value. They can, at best, assist in reviewing code, and at the worst they can prevent the developer from finding the best solution.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2014/01/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Going over their heads: IT Decisions

Phil factor points out that Marketing people who appeal directly to enterprise CIOs are generally wasting their time, and are better off convincing IT people in general.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/12/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cloud Storage. Make it the present instead of the future.

In which Phil Factor wonders why all the different cloud storage offerings are so different, sparse in their features, crude and incompatible  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/11/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The SSAS Tabular Model

Phil Factor examines SQL Server 2012's SSAS Tabular model.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/10/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: analysis services (ssas)
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Competence trumps a good cultural fit

Phil Factor reflects on how the people who made the industry great, in the past, were often eccentric, rebellious, odd, truculent, but all blessed with the gift of creating wonderful software. Today, such people would struggle to get pass the first interview.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Lossy data and incorrect data

Your copier could change data when creating an image. Phil Factor has some words of caution.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Some Relevant PowerShell Books

Phil Factor leafs through a few of his PowerShell books in his library, and considers which are his favorites  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Can SQL Server do ‘Big’?

Can SQL Server scale? Phil Factor has a few thoughts on the capacities that SQL Server can scale to.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/09/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Flying high on the Big Data hot-air

Today Phil Factor talks about Big Data, and all the hype that's in the news.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to understand NoSQL Databases

Today we have a guest editorial from Phil Factor that looks at NoSQL databases.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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When Windows don’t provide illumination

Microsoft through its various GUIs tries hard to "protect" users from SQL, but Phil Factor argues that we don't need protection from code. We just need a better way to "document" the syntax.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/06/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Science Sanity Checks

Phil Factor on three "sanity checks" that any data scientist must perform in order to prevent businesses from interpreting data analysis errors, or fraudulent activity, as real trends.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/05/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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