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Wellington SQL Server User Group Meeting April 2009

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 17-Apr-2009 07:56

I attended a presentation last night:

Title Wearing multiple hats.  Being a DBA and a developer.
Audience Wellington SQL Server User Group
Presenter Dave Dustin – Wolters Kluwer Health

Dave is also convenor of the Auckland SQL Server User Group
Brief Given the size of many New Zealand companies and their respective IT departments, many IT professionals wear multiple hats.  Dave will be giving his view of coming from the development world into the DBA role, and what it means if you need to work in both areas.
Attendees About 20 – a good number for us
Date/Time Thursday 16 April @ 5:30pm
Slides Coming

It was unfortunate that Dave’s security key was not present, so that he was unable to start his laptop and show us his slides.  However, he did remarkably well from just memory.

I was reminded of the usefulness of Test-Driven Development (TDD) aka “test-first” or “fail-first”:

  • Before you code, write a test which fails.
  • Then write the code that makes the test succeed
  • Then you have a permanent regression test case
Further Comments

He was not able to do the second half of his presentation, which was about Visual Studio Team System 2008: Database Pro edition – GDR.

Other related posts:
GeekPost Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 7
MSDN Unplugged Roadshow Wellington
Right Sizing Agile Development - MSDN Magazine Webinar

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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".