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#tsql2sday 126 – Responding to COVID-19

This month’s #tsql2sday is hosted by the legendary Glenn Berry, and asks us about what we’ve been doing as a response to COVID-19.
We at Madeira Data Solutions did quite a lot to chip in during these difficult times. Hopefully, it’s enough to make some kind of difference.

The new “metadata-only column changes” feature in SQL Server 2016 is useless!

You might have seen the blog post by Paul White: New Metadata-Only Column Changes in SQL Server 2016. It talks about how, when a table is compressed, you can change (i.e. increase) a column’s data type without having to create a new table and migrate the data into it, and without having to refactor all of the underlying data. But, not everything is rainbows and unicorns…

Webinar – Development Lifecycle Basics for DBAs at the Data Weekender

The #DataWeekender is a free online conference scheduled for May 2nd, organized by the SQL Server community’s finest, as an online replacement for all the SQL Saturdays and other SQL Server conferences that were being canceled en masse due to the COVID-19 situation.

I am also a speaker in the event, and I’ll be presenting my Development Lifecycle Basics for DBAs webinar!

Surviving the COVID-19 Dystopia

The lethal #COVID19 strain of the #Corona virus is officially a Pandemic, and we quickly realized how fast such a thing can spread in this era of Globalization. With the virus pandemic also arrives a pandemic of blog posts and social network noise. Everyone’s writing and talking about this topic. So, I guess I must too.


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