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SQL SERVER 2016 – Comparing Execution Plans

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New tools bring new capabilities and sometimes these are ingrained deep into the product that we can easily miss them out. And SQL Server 2016 is no different. After installing the CTP, I was pleasantly surprised to see this addition to help our DBA’s who are doing performance tuning and query tuning activities. So what […]

Teaser: Hierarchical Scrum – How to Introduce Scrum Step by Step

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Originally posted on: all practices are created equal, I’d say. That became clear to me again while reading “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” by Jeff Sutherland. Even though I’ve grown somewhat skeptical of the Agile silver bullet Scrum and find some of what Jeff Sutherland wrote an exaggeration and a bit heavy on the side of self-praise, I still like the book. I can recommend it, especially to non-developer people of all trades. What the book made me think of was a kind of hierarchy of Scrum practices. Some
of it to me simply is more important than the other. [Read on in my new blog…] New RSS Feeds Since October 2015 I write all my new blog articles in a consolidated blog right on my homepage at If your want to be notified automatically about new postings, please subscribe to one of the following RSS feeds or follow me on Twitter. RSS-Feed with all articles German articles only Englische articles only

Sync Windows Live Writer Drafts and Posts Across PCs

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Sync files through OneDriveWindows Live Writer saves drafts and posts under Documents\My Weblog Posts. To sync this directory with OneDrive, just move it to OneDrive (e.g. OneDrive\Documents\WindowsLiveWriter), and create a junction to redirect:D:\Documents>mklink /J "My Weblog Posts" "D:\OneDrive\Documents\WindowsLiveWriter"Junction created for My Weblog Posts <<===>> D:\OneDrive\Documents\WindowsLiveWriterAfter doing this for each PC, all Windows Live Writer files are in sync.Sync destination blog idWith the above step, draft files (Documents\My Weblog Posts\Drafts\*.wpost) can work across PCs, but posts (Documents\My Weblog Posts\Recent Posts\*.wpost) cannot. In the following scenario:In PC 1, writes a draft and post it to blog. There will be a post file saved, e.g.: Documents\My
Weblog Posts\Recent Posts\LINQ via C#.wpost.In PC 2, opens Documents\My Weblog Posts\Recent Posts\LINQ via C#.wpost, edit it and post to blog again.In the blog, the original post is not updated. Instead, a new entry is posted to blog. and a new post file is saved to local as Documents\My Weblog Posts\Recent Posts\LINQ via C#[2].wpost. The same issue happens when Windows is reinstalled in the same PC.So why is LINQ via C#[2].wpost generated? What is the difference from LINQ via C#.wpost? These 2 files can be compared with Code Compare:It looks .wpost files are binary files. So try to open them...(Read whole news on source site)

Your Usage of the Microsoft Data Platform

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Microsoft has been rapidly extending its data offering to what is now a comprehensive “data platform” intended to provide the building blocks for customers to build and extend more complex and “intelligent” applications. Redgate are conducting research on the use and adoption of the data platform and have put together a short two-page survey. They're interested in your feedback even if you haven’t started using the data platform just yet, but have some interest in moving in that direction.

2015 Xbox One Black Friday Edition

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USABest Console Deals$299
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle (that's 4 games) 
Fallout 4 (and Fallout 3 code next week) (that's 2 more games)
+extra controller
think this one is completely sold out.$349
Both Tomb Raiders.  (2 games)
Extra controller. 
1 TB HD (standard is 500 GB).Xbox Live GoldBuy 1 month for $1 from within the console.  Then buy 12 month for ~$30 via CDKeys.  Don't buy Xbox Live Gold monthly at $10/month. Gold is necessary for online play and you get up to 4 free games per month.  You need to go buy Xbox Live Gold.EA AccessIf you like
EA's many games: Dragon Age, Battlefield, Titanfall, PvZ, Need for Speed, and their endless line of sports games.  Then pop down $30/year for EA Access all-you-can-eat pass.Accessories special controllers on sale.Hard DriveStandard console comes with 500GB.  This is not enough.  But Xbox One can use up to two more external harddrives at once.  I prefer 2TB Western Digital or Seagate portable harddrives - they can draw power from the XB1 directly and you don't need an extra plug.  Because of XB1's Hyper-V setup, external HD actually runs faster than internal HD.  These are regularly around US$65 and dropping.GamesI buy...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1978

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A short edition today as my feed reader was quite empty this morning, mostly due to Thanks Giving celebrations yesterday in the US I suspect. Information Hoisting in .NET Explained – Alexandr Nikitin takes a look at this compiler optimisation which takes code out of loops that doesn’t need to be inside the loop, as […]

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes and Thank You To You All

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Throughout the years, I have shared my thanks and gratitude to all of the amazing people I have the honor and privilege to meet, work with, and interact with around the globe here at Microsoft and with our customers and partners everywhere year in and year out. This year is no different and I continue to be thankful each and every day to you all for all you do and the impact you make day in and day out. As one of my favorite quotes states, “People will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.” My hope is that in some small way I am able to give back to this community and have a positive impact for you. Throughout the year, I thoroughly enjoy receiving messages from people around the world who are either sharing their success stories on things they have accomplished or even the quick, “thank you’s” for how something I have shared has helped them out in some way. Two examples I receive many about are:...(Read whole news on source site)