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  • Opinions Change

    Opinions change, and they should change as more and better evidence surfaces. There are words for this: “learning” and “growing” are but two of them. Communication plays a key role in changing opinions. I’ve been studying communication recently and I’ve decided it’s a miracle anyone is ever able to communicate with anyone else. There are ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 26, 2015
  • SQL Formatting Matters…

    … to some folks more than others. We likely all have stories about working with folks who care a lot about the format of their SQL statements. I’ve worked with a lot of database developers and analysts. I cannot say SQL formatting distinguishes the good from the bad (or ugly), but I have noticed the sharpest developers have a preferred SQL ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 20, 2015
  • Software Economics and Testing

    “There are two types of developers: those who test their software and those who will.” – Andy, circa 2015 It’s April Fool’s Day in the US, but I’m going to act like it’s Halloween. Software testing is no joke, and not testing should scare you. In 1996 (yes kids, years used to begin with a “1”), in the sixth issue of Fast Company ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 1, 2015
  • If Your Name Were a Verb

    Like my maternal grandfather, Buck Mayhew, did for his grandchildren; my friend Brian Kelley (blog | @kbriankelley) gives his children nicknames. A member of an SSIS team where I once worked was known for his tendency to rewrite SSIS packages. Any package, partially complete, assigned to him would be summarily replaced. It didn’t matter how ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 25, 2015
  • Testing

    It’s 2015 and we still have no flying cars. (Dear Doc Brown, we still need roads. Love, Andy) On a similar note, we’ve suffered through another year of software breaches and empty promises to fix the issues behind them. Brian Kelley (Blog | @kbriankelley) was right, We Don’t Care About Data and IT Security. Part of the issue is testing. Do you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 5, 2015
  • Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier

    Mike Walsh (blog | @Mike_Walsh) tagged me in his post, 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA. You should read Mike’s post, it’s filled with helpful and good advice and tells cool (and not-so-cool) stories. I admire Mike’s transparency. I struggle with the four areas Mike already covered – Work/Life Balance, Empathy, Hero Syndrome, and Getting ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 28, 2014
  • Great Advice (and Free!): DBA JumpStart

    John Sansom (Blog | @SqlBrit) is committed to sharing “what I believe it takes to be an outstanding Data Professional.” To that end, John shepherded a book project called DBA JumpStart. The concept of the (free!) e-book is: “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?” The list of contributing authors reads like a Who’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 11, 2013
  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

    Let’s begin with an assertion: “People are more important than process.” – Andy, circa 2008 Whenever an enterprise or institution adopts a new process or policy, that policy should serve people and not shackle them. The nicest thing that can be said about a policy that binds people is, “It wasn’t well thought out.” It’s a bad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2013
  • Push The Pebble

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fifth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about starting something. Today is the First Day… … of something. Somewhere, someone is starting something that will become big. It will impact lives. It will change ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 2, 2012
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