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
Friday, October 22, 2010
When I was awarded as a MVP, I had to decide whether to move my blog from blogger.com to the msmvps.com site. Conversations with a few MVPs about the site’s often downtime, convinced me to leave my blog where it is. Seems like it was a good decision; I haven’t been able to access the msmvps site for several hours today.
Upgrading from SQL Server 2000 to 2008
I put together these short notes a while back while helping with an upgrade.
There are two fundamental strategies for upgrading:
In this case, we opted for a side-by-side upgrade, where a backup of the current database on SQL Server 2000 was restored to a clean install of SQL Server 2008 R2 and then upgraded in place.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Perth .NET User Group: December DevJam
For December's meeting of the Perth .NET User Group (Thursday, 2nd December), we are running another DevJam community event, where anyone can give a short talk about anything .NET software development related.
You can talk about any development topic but it must be between 5 – 10 minutes long:
How do I enter? You must register by sending an email to mitch.wheat at gmail.com, no later than 20th Nov, with the word 'DevJam’ in the subject, stating your talk title in the body. Let me know whether you will be bringing your own laptop (preferable). Presenter places are limited, so it's first come, first served.
There are prizes for the three highest, audience voted talks (with the organisers’ decision as final in case of a tie break). The first prize is a copy of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription, worth approximately $12,000! There will several other prizes which will be announced shortly.
There will be pizza and refreshments provided. If you have any questions, please send me an email.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released
Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community, and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Updates 1 to 8.
You can download here.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I’ve been re-awarded as a Microsoft MVP. Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their support. It’s an honour and I will try to live up to it. Congratulations to all those who were also awarded.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Reminder: Perth .NET User Group Meeting: Thurs 7th Oct, 5:30pm: So what is the Windows Server AppFabric? with Bill Chesnut
Join us at the Perth .NET User Group for a talk exploring what the Windows Server AppFabric is, looking at both hosting and caching, and learn how to configure and manage WCF and WF services in AppFabric. We will examine the diagnostic and tracing functionality while building high performance and fault-tolerant applications.
Bill is Mentor with SolidQ Australia located in Melbourne Australia. Bill started his career in IT some 25-years ago with the US Defence as an IBM Systems Programmer. He switched to the Microsoft Windows platform 14-years ago, and has been involved with Windows development ever since. Bill has worked on numerous enterprise projects using Microsoft C/C++, Visual Basic and SQL Server. Most recently, Bill has been driving various application integration projects using BizTalk Server (2000 – 2009) to connect a variety of Microsoft Business Solutions applications with other systems. Bill is also a Microsoft Certified Training and has been actively training BizTalk developers since the release of BizTalk 2004. Bill has been awarded as a BizTalk Server MVP since 2004 and is the leader of the Melbourne .Net User Group.
There will be a door prize of a choice of license from JetBrains (one of ReSharper , TeamCity Build Agent, dotTrace Profiler, RubyMine, IntelliJ IDEA), and several 30-day coupons to Tekpub's high-quality, online screencasts for programmers.
Also note: Bill will be presenting a talk on SQL Server virtualisation at the SQL Server User Group on Weds 6th Oct. Details here.
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com