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SQL SERVER – What Resource Wait Are We Seeing?

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I have been a big supporter of the Activity Monitor capability inside SQL Server Management Studio. And I have written a number of articles before in this blog. Please take a moment to look at: SQL SERVER – Activity Monitor to Identify Blocking – Find Expensive Queries One of the readers wrote to me on […]

Back to Basic – Building Solutions in Visual Studio – Build Vs. Rebuild

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“Build Solution” and “Rebuild Solution” are the most commonly used features in Visual Studio.  As a developer you writes code, build the solution and run the application in Visual Studio.  Very often you also used “rebuild solution” , or “clean and then build solution”.  Have you ever wonder why there are different options ? When [...]

Continual Delivery of an AngularJS ASP.NET MVC Web API Entity Framework SQL App to Amazon AWS using Visual Studio Team Services

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I know, that title is a mouthful. But that’s exactly what it is! A team at my company, iVision, has been working on an app using the AWESM stack for almost a year now. The app is structured like this: A SQL Database, tracked in source control as a database project A repository layer based on Entity Framework A REST-based web services layer built as an ASP.NET Web API project A shared security library that allows sign-on from various sources and uses JWT to transport authentication and authorization information then rebuild the custom IPrincipal and
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CC BOS 2015: “Good to Great Scrum Master”

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As promised, here are the slides from the Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master talk that I did last weekend at Code Camp Boston 2015. Here’s the abstract: The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You’re influential but you [...]

Git Cheat Sheet for TFS Users

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More and more of my TFS consulting customers are interested in Git.  If you’re used to a centralized version control system like Team Foundation Server Version Control (TFVC), it can be a little tricky to make the move to Git — not because it’s all that hard — mostly because the terminology is completely different.  So, [...]

The Morning Brew #1975

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Software Azure PowerShell 1.0 – David Justice announces the release of Azure PowerShell, available for install from the Web Platform Installer and featuring a number of improvements and new features across the whole Azure stack. Latest Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 – Nicole Bruck highlights the release of Update 1 for the […]

Azure SQL Database - Transparent Data Encryption

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Transparent Data Encryption offers the ability to encrypt content of the database, its transaction logs, as well as backups while at rest. Encryption and decryption are performed in real-time, at the individual page level, as the database is being written to and read from storage, without necessitating changes to applications accessing their data. Marcin Policht reviews the feature.