What’s New (In Fact Very New) in SQL Server 2017

Microsoft Releases Community Technology Preview 2.0 for SQL Server vNext (aka SQL Server 2017) As is usually the case, the release of a technology preview of SQL Server provides lots of interesting new features for SQL admins and developers to ponder. CTP 2.0 for SQL Server vNext (generally just called SQL Server 2017) is no […]
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Is functional programming more effective than object-oriented programming?

Imperative vs functional programming. It’s a debate that goes back to the birth of high-level languages—Fortran vs Lisp. In later years, it was retreaded as object-oriented vs function programming (OOP vs FP)—OOP having become the (massively) dominant software development paradigm. And, I’m a fully paid-up member. I embraced Object Pascal via Delphi 1 on 1995 […]
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Improve Your Security with Two-Factor Authentication

Two-step or two-factor authentication provides better security than a single factor. For instance, a fingerprint and PIN is stronger than either alone. Security professionals generally divide authentication techniques into three categories: something you have, something you know, and something you are. Corresponding examples would be a token or an app on a smartphone, a password, and […]
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The Critical First Step in Solving Problems

Solving problems is great…but, first, you have to determine what the problem really is. This doesn’t necessarily require some brilliant flash of insight — there are simple tools that you can apply to nail down what’s going wrong. You can start, for example, by determining what IS and IS NOT true compared to other problems you […]
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7 Benefits of Live Online Training

This is the first post in a short series all about the benefits of online training. When I started delivering training for Learning Tree at the turn of the decade, way back into 2010/2011, online training was already becoming a big part of the training delivery model at Learning Tree. If I think back to […]
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