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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 6:10 AM


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Excellent article. Thanks for putting it up. I just wish you had posted it a few years ago. I'm going to print it out now & keep it handy as a reference while I'm working.

Excellent conversation too. Good feedback Phil. Jeff, the one thing I've learned in the last ten years, but keep forgetting, is to test, test, test, everything. Everything I hear, everything I read, everything I write. You've got it 100% correct. Testing is knowing. Anything else is just assumptions. Thanks guys.


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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 7:58 AM


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Great article!

Exactly what I'm currently looking for.

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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 8:12 AM


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I think I just paid a thousand bucks or so for this information in a college-level writing course. Very nice article, easy to read and excellent advice.

Thanks!

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"stewsterl 80804 (10/16/2009)I guess when you stop and try to understand the solution provided you not only learn, but save yourself some headaches when you need to make any slight changes."
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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 8:40 AM
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practise is spelled practice.
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zooomer (6/19/2009)
practise is spelled practice.


The first letter of a sentence should be capitalized, and when quoting, double quotes should be used.


C'mon, really?


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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 10:00 AM
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Very inspiring article, having recently read Brad McGeehee's "How to Become an Exceptional DBA" (looking forward to the second edition) this article came up at exactly the right time for me.

There are numerous blog's available on how to write a blog entry, but I found this to be a very well thought out and polished article.

The one critique I would have is this:
The article mentions quite heavily the editing process, so it would have been nice to have some kind of appendix where the reader could see where edits had been made, the extra 60 - 70% that never made the grade as well as the reason(s) why.

Rich


Hope this helps,
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Grant Fritchey (6/19/2009)
Excellent article. Thanks for putting it up. I just wish you had posted it a few years ago. I'm going to print it out now & keep it handy as a reference while I'm working.

Excellent conversation too. Good feedback Phil. Jeff, the one thing I've learned in the last ten years, but keep forgetting, is to test, test, test, everything. Everything I hear, everything I read, everything I write. You've got it 100% correct. Testing is knowing. Anything else is just assumptions. Thanks guys.


Heh... thanks for the feedback there, Grant. Every time I forget to test, someone installs handrails and force feeds me my own pork chops. It's a lesson hard learned for me that I try to never skip. As Sergiy taught me a very long time ago, "A Developer must not guess, a Developer must KNOW."


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"practise" is the English spelling, where David is located. Practice, is the US spelling.

Personally, the more I teach my kids, the more I think English is a huge mess.







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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 1:04 PM


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Steve Jones - Editor (6/19/2009)
"practise" is the English spelling, where David is located. Practice, is the US spelling.

Personally, the more I teach my kids, the more I think English is a huge mess.


Practice is a noun.

Practise is the spelling of the associated verb. Compare with 'advice' and 'advise'.

That's UK English, by the way. No idea about US English.



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Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 1:23 PM


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Great article. I really admire those that can write and appreciate their willingness to share with us. I've found that personally I'm a much better reader than writer though someday I'd like to be able to write well enough to contribute my experiences with others. My only question is where people find the hours of extra time it takes to write for a site like this? I don't even have time to completely read everything.

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