New Miniseries: T-SQL Anti-Patterns

I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #277 in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  My topic is T-SQL anti-patterns. Abstract:  Experience with a platform gives us patterns: common techniques which we can use to solve a number of recurring problems. They also give us anti-patterns: common techniques we often use to solve a…

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Rating Rockstar #3: GTA Vice City

Grand Theft Auto in 1980s Miami. You can own businesses and try to improve them for a constant cash flow. Why it's here: In terms of mood and pure fun, probably actually my favorite GTA. Best soundtrack in the history of Rockstar games, in my opinion. Why it's not higher: No good reason; if there is a…

Rating Rockstar, #4: GTA IV

It's Grand Theft Auto, once again set in Liberty City. The main character is East European, a definite bonus for me. Why it's here: Combat is almost perfect. A good mix of vehicles, a gripping storyline and lots of excellent secondary characters. Tons to do, and the in-game internet was a great touch. Why it's not…