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SQL 2012: Path to Easier Data Cleanup with Try_Convert

A new feature in SQL 2012 that I am very excited about is TRY_CONVERT which makes data conversion much easier. When you pair TRY_CONVERT with some Case statements, you can easily pipe the inconvertible data to other columns, which can then be reviewed and (hopefully) fixed prior to cutting over your data. I’ve mocked up a quick demo so you can see how powerful this new feature is.

Yarnline (a Ravelry Mashup)

A while ago, I spotted TimelineJS, a JavaScript library to create gorgeous timelines, and earmarked it to a future app. Last week, I finally got to play with it by creating Yarnline, an itsy-bitsy mashup app that takes the projects of a Ravelry user and displays them in a chronological manner, like so…

SQL Server: High Availability and Disaster Recovery à la Carte!

n the business world, a good RDMS is one that can provide high availability (HA) options with minimal downtime and the cheapest licenses. Vendors usually if not always provide a set of HA features to satisfy different needs. Usually, some of these features are reserved for higher-end editions. The most important factors to consider when choosing an edition are…

Cascade Replication and Delayed servers on PostgreSQL 9.2

Postgresql 9.2 will be released with a new replication feature: Cascade Replication. It will improve streaming between wide networks, shortening distances between the servers. For example: a master server in San Francisco, a slave in Chicago and a cascade server in Barcelona. But it has other benefit, e.g. when you need to add nodes to…

Log Buffer #279, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

In a typical organization, all work together to bring out a common good for the outside world. It’s interesting to see how all of these entities blog about technology, and there is more and more interest shown by managerial technologists about databases. This Log Buffer Edition appeases their appetites. Enjoy!

Pythian at HOPE Volleyball Summerfest – Highlights

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest (Helping Other People Everywhere, Ottawa-Carleton Inc.) celebrated 30 years of fun for a cause this year. The charity has donated more than $3.5 million to over 110 charities since it began. Here are a few highlights from Team Pythian at HOPE on July 14th. It was a great day!

A Few Thoughts on OSCon and the Open Source Community

This past week I attended OSCon, the annual conference for open source’s true believers. And there was a religious fervor in the air, particularly from the point of view of someone more accustomed to Oracle conferences. The companies generating buzz were the small companies built around development of their own open source products. There are a surprising number of them out there, especially relating to multiple forks of a popular product like MySQL or Hadoop.

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