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How not to SQL #2

Previously, we established SQL is not a modular language. Brent Ozar would like to point out it’s not a programming or scripting language either. In a programming language like C# or Java, you tell the computer what to do, in order… SQL, on the other hand, is a declarative language where you declare the shape … Continue reading How not to SQL #2

Things you should never do, even if you are a $FAMOUS_COMPANY using $HYPED_TECHNOLOGY

I like to joke that 90% of my job is just telling developers “No you can’t rewrite that.” Joel Spolsky explains why, and why why you’re not reading this in a Netscape browser, in his seminal article Things You Should Never Do, Part I When you throw away code and start from scratch, you are … Continue reading Things you should never do, even if you are a $FAMOUS_COMPANY using $HYPED_TECHNOLOGY

Rule 6 in the wild – dumpster fire Yule log edition

rachelbythebay shares a cautionary tale of “how a bunch of small bits of cleverness can multiply into a raging dumpster fire,” which is every engineer’s favorite kind of fire. Each step on this road to ruin sounds totally reasonable on its own, but you never know how they will conspire together to ruin your day. … Continue reading Rule 6 in the wild – dumpster fire Yule log edition

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