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5 Questions with Chris Yates

It’s time for me to interview another outstanding member of the SQL Server community, Chris Yates (blog | twitter | linkedin). I want to say Chris and I “met” on Twitter first, but we have met in person, and he’s as awesome as they come. He’s always cheering someone on to reach a goal, he’s […]

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Advanced Smoke Testing with PhantomJS

Recently I found myself wanting a new kind of safety net. There are any number of surprise problems that can show up in front-end development, from mistyped image URLs to bad output when the minification script barfs to the unexpected surprises after adding new dependencies. As an application scales from smaller to larger, it becomes […]

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Web API 2 – don’t get caught with your parameters down

Hi, A quick post for anyone else who has been literally dying from a lack of sleep trying to workout something that should be fairly simple. Quick background:  I got interested in Web API after I decided to build a friend a simple booking website driven by HTML5, jquery and originally an ASP.NET/c# .NET 4 […]

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Windows 10, how I doth hateth thee mostest

How’s it going folks, thought I’d get another post written up before I switch over to video logs in the future (watch this space). So I don’t really need to do a big introduction to Windows 10, there was a lot of buzz going about the internet not least due in part to the upgrade […]

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Nancy, Get, Post, Bind and javascript

Something that always seemed to lack a bit of documentation was the Bind method. I know it works with a Post but it also works with a Get. Both are slightly different in how they pass their information to the server. You don’t see it when you have a form and do a normal submit […]

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Being Better

“In order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food.” – Jiro Ono, the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, and a relentless perfectionist on a quest to make the best sushi on earth.    “To run faster, you need to run fast.” – Tracey Gessner, a complete bad-ass runner I follow on Twitter, who […]

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Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #453 Pre-Conference Seminars!

Before we know it, October will be upon us and it will be time for another SQL Saturday Minnesota!  If you have not yet registered for this free day of training on October 10th, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, […]

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5 Questions with Russ Thomas

My 5 Questions series continues with Russ Thomas (blog | twitter | linkedin). At SQL Saturday Portland 2013, Russ asked me and Grant Fritchey to sit in on his presentation, “Verbal Judo for the DBA”. Grant and I had fun taking on roles with other members of the audience, talking through situations, learning how to […]

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5 Questions with Mala Mahadevan

My 5 Questions series continues with one of my favorite people, Mala (blog | twitter | linkedin). She and I met at PASS Summit a few years ago, but it was on SQL Cruise Alaska 2012 that we really got to know each other. Mala is a little firecracker. She’s a great DBA, a long-time PASS […]

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100th post

This is my 100th blog post here at LessthanDot! (I’m not lying, check for yourself) I started blogging at the end of 2012, almost 3 years ago and it has been an amazing ride so far. I’ve apparently gathered almost 1.5 million views (I don’t really trust that figure :)) and 260 comments.  My most popular […]

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