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  • Dev Advice: Make a Tiny Dev Database Act Like a HUGE Prod Database

    Here's an evergreen question. It's a question that never completely goes away. But lately, I've been getting it a few times per week. So I thought it's time to readdress the question, which usually takes some form of the following:I can't really do effective development on my little dev laptop because our production SQL Server database is 15 ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 16, 2012
  • Utility Objects Series Introduction (but mostly a bit of an update)

    So, I have been away from blogging about technical stuff for a  long time,  (I haven’t blogged at all since my resolutions blog, and even my Simple Talk “commentary” blog hasn’t had an entry since December!)  Most of this has been due to finishing up my database design book, which I will blog about at least one more time after it ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 11, 2012
  • Must-Have Resources - SQL Server Backup & Recovery

    One of the things that drives me crazy as I'm getting older is that my brain is losing the capacity to differentiate version numbers. As I speak travel around speaking with customers and at conferences, I find my self saying things like ''I can't recall if this problem was fixed in SQL Server 2000 or 2005. But you don't have to worry about that ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 8, 2011
  • Information Hoarder No More!

    I hate to admit it, but I'm a hoarder. Yes, like those insane people on the A&E TV show. Only my hoarding is all virtual. For example, take the image above. That's just a tiny part of my Google Reader home page. That's a tiny part of my Google Reader home page AFTER reading most of the day on a recent Sunday. I still had thousands of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 2, 2011
  • Simplifying CSV Data Loads

    Data files containing comma separated values, or CSV, are some of the most common data formats used for data representation and storage outside the database.  When it comes to loading CSV data into the database, many options exist, however, few make it as simple as CSVexpress, powered by expressor software.  I recently visited ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 27, 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Platforms Blog Watch

    Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster Grab your own poster! A visual guide to key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008R2     Virtually Free Get the latest update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 and be sure to bookmark the Windows Virtualization ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 20, 2011
  • Pulling real-time data from Twitter using StreamInsi​ght and Other Scandinavian Treasures

    On my recent trip to SQLBits with subsequent visits to Dublin, Cologne, and Malmo (southern Sweden), I enjoyed a chance to meet several SQL Server MVPs, including Peter Larsson and Thomas Ivarsson. Among them, I enjoyed Johan Ahlen's article on Pulling real-time data from Twitter using StreamInsi​ght.  You can Find Johan's blog ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 3, 2011
  • New on SQLMag.Com: Update to SP_WHOISACTIVE

    I profiled Adam Machanic's (blog | twitter) excellent stored procedure, SP_WHOISACTIVE, back in August of 2010 in my monthly SQLMag column, Tool Time.  Adam has been diligent about maintaining the tool and adding new features. Read the details on my SQLMag Tool Time column (here - ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 21, 2011
  • Cloud Evolving, SQL Server Responding

    Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and I did an interview with TechTarget’s Brendan Cournoyer at last summer's Tech-Ed, which as turned into a podcast titled “Cloud efforts advance, SQL Server evolves.” The podcast covers all the major trends at the conference (like BI), virtualization features in Quest’s products (like Spotlight), Brent’s new book ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 2, 2011
  • Azure, a Beautiful Color, and So Much More...

    Windows and SQL Azure Resources Cloud computing is more than just the latest buzz word in the IT trade papers. It is a remarkable paradigm shift with as much potential to ''turn over the apple cart'' of IT computing as client-server had for the world of mainframe and minicomputers. If you're not spending time to learn about cloud computing, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 27, 2011
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