Software development, .Net, SQL Server, TDD, Agile, Community and other Odds and Sods
Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Thursday, April 30, 2009
SQL Server: Physical Database Layout versus Database Size
Paul Randal has posted the results from his latest survey of physical database file/filegroup layouts for various database size categories over at his blog. Given that he received over 1000 responses, this is very interesting info.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
How to identify your SQL Server version and Edition
This Microsoft support article, How to identify your SQL Server version and Edition, shows how for all versions from SQL Server 2008 back to 6.5
For SQL Server 2008:
SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('productversion'), SERVERPROPERTY('productlevel'), SERVERPROPERTY ('edition')
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
New Azure Training Kit Available
Microsoft have released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit:
The Azure Services Training Kit April update now includes the following content covering Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services:
The training kit is downloadable from here.
Monday, April 13, 2009
SQL Server 2008 replication to Previous Versions (2000, 2005)
I was just researching a question on SQL Server replication, whether SQL Server 2000 can participate with SQL Server 2008 in a replication strategy. The answer is yes:
SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 can both participate in replication topologies with SQL Server 2008. For SQL Server 2000 the minimum version is Service Pack 3. For SQL Server 2005 the minimum version is Service Pack 2.
Ref: Using Multiple Versions of SQL Server in a Replication Topology
There are some breaking changes in the replication agent security model detailed here: Breaking Changes in SQL Server Replication
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Möbius Transformations Revealed: The Beauty of the Complex Plane
Möbius Transformations Revealed is a wonderful, short film that illustrates the beautiful correspondence between Möbius transformations and motions of the sphere.
The film, created by mathematicians Douglas N. Arnold and Jonathon Rogness, has been viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube, and is among one of the YouTube top favorites of all time.
A high resolution version along with other information can be found here.
If you are interested in finding out more, there is no better place to start than Tristan Needham's amazing Visual Complex Analysis.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Microsoft Certification and Second Shot
Yesterday, I sat the Microsoft certification upgrade exam 70-454: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBD to MCITP SQL Server 2008 DBD. I followed Rob Farley’s advice:
I’m not such a huge fan of the upgrade exams as they can be a bit hit and miss (after all, it’s hard to cover so much in a relatively small number of questions), but I passed. It was a very helpful experience; there were a few questions where I was unsure of the answers, so I came home and read up on them.
Microsoft’s Second Shot promotion, where you get a second chance to pass an exam, is on until June 30th 2009. In addition, if you register for second shot you can get any IT professional or developer e-learning collection for just US$35 (normally priced up to US$350).
You can also get 50% off Microsoft Certification exam for attending the sessions live on April 1st (today!): all TechDay attendees will be given a special URL and discount code to register for a Microsoft certification. You must take your exam by May 31, 2009.
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com