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Blogging about Mistakes

One of the many blogs that I follow regularly is “ISerializable”, written by Roy Osherove.  Roy posted this article on 12/6/2006, and it’s a postings that I’ve reread several times since then:

While I’m a fairly new contributor to the blogger community, I’ve been a consumer for some time.  The vast majority of the postings that I’ve read involve a writer blogging about their strengths; about times when they figured something out, made a penetrating observation about the world, or had a eureka moment.

It’s an exceedingly rare case where a writer makes a contribution that says “here’s how I screwed up, and what I’ve learned from it”.  Obviously, the lessons contained within a post like this are not just for the writer.

I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation to Roy for sharing his story, and in doing so trying to help all the rest of us to learn from his mistakes.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | General | Comments Off on Blogging about Mistakes

SSMS Scripter 2.5 Released

The Scripter is now covered by the GNU General Public License.  The 2.5 release boasts improved integration with SSMS, and a few other miscellaneous enhancements:

  • Carriage return issue fixed. The Scripter replaces standalone line feed characters with Carriage Return-Line Feed combinations.
  • Scripter now uses the authentication used to connect to the database in SSMS, and doesn’t assume Windows Authentication.
  • I added a message to the splash screen saying that it may take a while to initialize for a database with a large number of objects.
  • Branches are only loaded into the TreeView when they are needed (when a branch is expanded by the user, or an object is defaulted when you first start the Scripter up), which makes for a quicker load time for the utility.
  • Starting the scripter from the Database level now selects all objects in the tree.

Complete source code and the updated installer can be found at

January 2, 2007 Posted by | SQL Server, Tools and Toys | Comments Off on SSMS Scripter 2.5 Released