5 #DevOps Books I plan to finish this year

New Year.  Resolutions, etc. 🙂 I’m notoriously bad about starting a book and never finishing it, particularly when it’s a technical book.  My goal this year is to finish the following 5 books: The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations Gene Kim is perhaps best known for his […]

January 11, 2017 · stuart · No Comments
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#DevDataBhm inaugural event

I’m presenting today at DevDataDay in Birmingham.  First time in a while for me, but I’m excited about the opportunity to go to sessions again and learn something (more on that in a bit).  I realize this blog has been a bit dusty for a while, but I’m gonna try to do better about that. […]

August 20, 2016 · stuart · No Comments
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Coding naked.

True story: when I was in college, I was the lead singer (if you can call it that) for a goth rock Christian rave band called Sandi’s Nightmare.  I had zero musical talent, and relied solely on the strengths of my band-mate (Brad; you still rock); however, while my singing ability was dubious at best, […]

October 8, 2015 · stuart · 3 Comments
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Agile Perspectives: Fixed or Variable Length Iterations

Got into a deep discussion with a colleague tonight over different approaches to Agile development (yes, I’m a geek; why do you ask?).  I’m a Fixed Length Iteration kind of guy, particularly since I’ve spent most of time on the Operational side of the house recently.  He’s a Variable Length Iteration fan, and I thought […]

August 11, 2015 · stuart · 5 Comments
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#SQLServer – Where does my index live?

Today, I got asked by one of my DBA’s about a recently deployed database that seemed to have a lot of filegroups with only a few tables.  He wanted to verify that one of the tables was correctly partition-aligned, as well as learn where all of the indexes for these tables were stored.  After a […]

August 14, 2014 · stuart · No Comments
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Managing a Technical Team: Act Like a Good Developer

This is one of my favorite pieces of advice from my Managing a Technical Team presentation that I’ve been doing at several SQLSaturdays and other conferences: act like a good developer, with a different focus.  Most new managers, especially if they’ve been promoted from within (the Best Operator) model don’t know how to improve their […]

August 4, 2014 · stuart · No Comments
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