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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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David,

Great article!

Exactly what I'm currently looking for.

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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!

Jon

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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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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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Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
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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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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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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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