a fly on the wall view of some key problems with delivering software and databases

Most blogs about software delivery are written by software developers or 'DevOps' types. This is logical, but sometimes it helps to take a step back. This blog is from the perspective of someone who is not a developer, but who works with many of them at a variety of organisations. From this perspective some patterns jump out, even to the untrained eye. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, if only it was possible to look at them from a different angle.

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I’m back – and I’m excited about INSIDE-SQL!

Hi everyone, Well – I’m back. I climbed mountains on three continents. Saw whales in California, condors in Peru, and, erm… sheep in Scotland. I did all that self-discovery stuff you see in films with Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts. Now I’m firming up my speaking engagements for the summer. INSIDE-SQL First up is INSIDE-SQL in London. This conference has…

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Today’s the day… I’m off!

Today’s the day. My sabbatical starts at 5pm. My email account will be suspended and I’ll be locked out I’ve specifically requested this for a few reasons: I won’t be working while I’m away, so I should be clear with people who email me that they will not be getting a response and my out-of-office will explain who else can respond.…

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Sometimes I hate TFS

Disclaimer: I was not in the best mood when I wrote this. It is not entirely accurate. I have taken artistic licence. But it cheered me up a bit. The following is a true reflection of my emotions, and a *partly* true reflection of TFS. Also, the last line needs work artistically and context functionally but I ran out of time.…

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I’m going away for a bit…

tl;dr Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy with many things not software related. And I’m about to take a sabbatical. This means I’m also not likely to post again until May/June. Why I’m taking a sabbatical Because I can. One of the perks of working for Redgate is that you get a 6 week paid sabbatical…

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Liveblogging from NDC London

Please forgive typos, mis-quotes and other mistakes. I’m liveblogging from NDC. This is likely to be pretty rough. Also, this post is going to be updated in real time. I might start separate posts for day 2 and 3 etc. Quick links: Keynote: Scott Hanselman (Microsoft) – JavaScript, The Cloud and the Rise of the New Virtual Machine Go and…

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Introducing FlySQL, a Flyway and Redgate hybrid that takes the pain out of database migrations

  Contents What is Flyway? What is FlySQL? What problem does FlySQL solve? How does FlySQL solve the problem? A worked example Deployment with Octopus Deploy Get Involved!   What is Flyway? Flyway is a popular open-source migrations-based project format for Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) built by Axel Fontaine (b|t). It’s a very simple tool that enables users to save…

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A Flyway step template for Octopus Deploy to migrate databases, with a drift check

tl;dr I’ve built a Flyway Migrate step template for Octopus Deploy. Allows you to easily migrate your Flyway project with Octopus Deploy. It also includes a drift check for the most popular database platforms using the Redgate comparison engines. It’s available on the Octopus Deploy library here: Flyway Migrate step template for Octopus Deploy For more detail about what it is, how…

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PowerShell function to create Redgate SQL Compare args from a SQL Server JDBC connection string

I’ve joined a dev team for “Down Tools” week at Redgate. (Think Google 20% time). It has generally been fantastic. OK – I did a bad… The first day went quite well: Loving day 1 of 3 as dev @redgate 1st commit 2 company GitHub Built a thing Gave to user Got feedback Thx @EdPiairo pic.twitter.com/pzGKuOpFe0 — Alex Yates (@_AlexYates_)…