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Quest for MCSE

March 25, 2019 jlion 0

Last fall, I took and passed the microsoft 70-761 and 70-762 exams to achieve MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) status for sql server 2016.

I’m planning to take the next step this spring, to MCSE. Achieving MCSE certification consists of …

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SQL Partitioned Tables

March 25, 2019 jlion 0

I’ve been looking into table partitioning as a way to manage large historical tables. The idea is to be able to keep the size of the table reasonably static as new rows are inserted by removing older rows. My goal …

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Making a user DBO for all databases on a server

March 19, 2019 jlion 0

Recently I had a need to assign a user DBO to all databases on a server.

I put this script together, it seems to do the trick.

declare @login varchar(255)='testuser'

declare @databasename varchar(255),
        @sql varchar(max)

declare xcn cursor fast_forward local 
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Automatically posting messages to slack

September 22, 2018 jlion 0

SQL Server supports SQL Mail for email notifications, and traditionally I’ve used SQL Mail to keep myself apprised of various server issues.

Slack is a great alternative to email, and a lot of folks make extensive use of slack. I …

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Microsoft Dynamics

August 4, 2017 jlion 0

One of the things that I really like about Microsoft products (and one of the reasons for their success) is the very well documented and very capable APIs that Microsoft provides. Dynamics is no exception.

Here are some helpful links …

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Reflection Notes

July 29, 2017 jlion 0

I’ve been doing quite a lot of work with C# reflection recently. Reflection is nifty stuff. It’s cool to have code that can inspect itself, execute itself dynamically.

I’ve been using reflection to create applications that use “plug-ins”. For example, …

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HTML5 Clipping

July 23, 2017 jlion 0

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I love how easy it is to use HTML5 for animation. Recently I discovered another cool feature of the HTML5 graphics API: Clipping.

Clipping is a little like photoshop paths. You use the HTML5 api to …

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Types of programming tasks

July 22, 2017 jlion 0

Not all programming work requires the same set of aptitudes and skills. Here is my take at some groupings:

  • Systems. This is the black art of developing software drivers or other software that requires an intimate knowledge of hardware

The Fab Lab

June 29, 2017 jlion 0

My oldest son and I just completed a three day course in “mold making and resin casting” at the Northhampton Community College Fab Lab. It was a great experience. I signed us up because my son had been 3D …