Posts Categorized: Technical Blog

Why Would I Upgrade to SQL Server 2012?

The process of upgrading SQL Server is usually time consuming, costs money and requires availability of human resources. If you don’t see the immediate need…Why bother?! Before deciding on upgrading, you should be aware of the new features and make sure you will really benefit by the upgrade. From our experience at Pythian with dozens of clients and hundreds of environments, what could be worth upgrading to SQL Server 2012?
Here are some of the top features related to the database engine (Part I):

Download free eBook for SQL Server 2012

Microsoft has released one more free eBook, this time it is on SQL Server 2012. This is the second draft of this book. SQL Server MVP Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner has covered Administration and BI part, there are 10 chapters in total divided in two parts, they are:

Embedding Perl in SQLite

The extension system is good for anything written in C. So, in theory, I could — probably shouldn’t — but I could write a thin wrapper for a Perl interpreter. At that point, I had no choice. The idea was so preposterous, I had to try it.

From the Blogs to Your Mailbox

What if I found a way to get the blog entries, and plop them on mailboxes on my mail server? That would take care of ubiquitous access. And since I would have control on the software, I could probably manage to filter out dupes. I sat down and began to hack on this. The result is mailfeed (clever project name pending). I’m still not sure if it’s a good idea, but at least its execution showcase how much niftiness can be crammed within 144 lines of code. But let me show you…

A First Stab at SQLiteTAP

My first stab at SQLiteTAP is on GitHub. I’m writing it as a SQLite extension, so I had to brush up very rusty C skills. But after a few hours pouring over the documentation, and poking here and there, I have a working implementation of ‘plan’ and ‘ok’. Nothing earth-shattering, I’ll concede, but a nice start nonetheless.

Conference 2012 Battle Plan

This blog entry is light on technical content and heavy on “about me” stuff. So unless you’re interested in the hot spots where to dispatch ninja assassins to take me down this year (or perhaps just where we might cross paths and shake hands), feel free to close this tab.

Faster, hairy yak, shave, SHAVE!

As previously reported, last week-end’s activities could be summarized as me going to town on a yak herd with a lawnmower. And although the rest of Saturday and this morning haven’t been as fast and furious as Saturday morning, there’s a few more things to report:

HP Cloud starts to Rain!

So HP Cloud is finally yielding for some beta rain since their announcement late September. It started late September when I signed up for private beta testing. Two weeks ago, I got invited to join the beta and start testing the platform, here’s whats offered.

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