Automatically link databases to Red Gate SQL Source Control

Automatically link databases to Red Gate SQL Source Control

For the ones that have many databases to keep under source control, it can be really useful to speed up the link-to-source-control process. The only way we have now is to use the GUI provided by Red Gate SQL Source Control. Actually, there’s a github project called SOCAutoLinkDatabases by Matthew Flat, a Red Gate engineer, but, unfortunately it works only on a shared database model (centralised) in TFS. Let’s see how to manage the link using Working Folder (which is also good for many SCM) and dedicated database model (distributed).

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How to manage SQL Server security with SQL Source Control

How to manage SQL Server security with SQL Source Control

One of the most common issue you can find when source controlling the database is about the security. How to manage the users and the related permissions?

If you use to apply permission to users and to assign users to the database, this can be a problem, especially when you are in the deployment phase (or else when getting latest versions from the source control). Let’s see these two scenarios:

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Unit testing with SQL Server article on SQLServerCentral.com

Unit testing with SQL Server article on SQLServerCentral.com

My “Unit testing with SQL Server” article is now online on SQLServerCentral.com. A big thanks goes to Steve Jones (@way0utwes).

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You can read it here.

Stay tuned! 🙂

A 2015 full of DLM

After SQL Saturday Pordenone, I’ll keep speaking about DLM (aka ALM on databases) during the following events:

PASS Italian Virtual Chapter, April 14. I’ll demonstrate the SQL source control usage on SQL Server database
PASS SQL Saturday Torino, May 23, I’ve proposed two sessions (source control and unit testing on database)
.Net Campus a Roma, May 30, I’ll speak about continuous integration with SQL Server (source control, unit testing, deploy).
There’s a lot of work to do. But I’m thinking now about two or three new sessions. I hope to finish them in the last months of the year, and I hope to meet you in one of  these events, at least online.
Stay tuned!

 

Interview with Kris Wenzel on EssentialSQL.com

Interview with Kris Wenzel on EssentialSQL.com

EssentialSQL.com is a very useful resource for learning SQL Server.

As in the website homepage: “Now it is time to learn SQL in simple English.”
Kris would like to reach the following goals:
  • Get started in an easy to follow step-by-step manner.
  • Use reader’s time wisely (focusing on what is important to learn to get the most value from your time).
  • Answer the questions.
It’s an important contribute to the SQL Server community. Kris explains here why he’s started to write EssentialSQL.com.
I’ve found this interview very interesting. We’ve spoken about my favourite topics, like Source control on database and database unit testing. This is my job, everyday.
We’ve spoken also about worst practices I saw in my past experiences and then he asked me to give some suggestion to people who start to explore SQL Server.
Thus, if you have a couple of minutes, you can read my interview here.
Stay tuned! 🙂

SQL Saturday Parma – English Slide decks available to download

My SQL Saturday Parma slide decks are available to download on SlideShare.

The main topic of those presentations is database lifecycle management (DLM) on SQL Server.
Concepts: ALM/DLM, team work, differences between code and databases.
We’ve demonstrated the usage of the following tools: Visual Studio with SQL Server Data ToolsRed-Gate ed ApexSQL.
Second session: “Unit testing su database“.
Concepts: unit testing, database testing vs code testing.
We’ve demonstrated testing tools like Red-Gate SQL Test and Visual Studio Unit test projects, and the TSQLUnit framework.
Additionally, I’ve created a set of sample scripts with T-SQL and TSQLUnit on MSDN Code Samples.
Stay Tuned! 🙂

SQL Server with Red-gate SQL Source Control – Working folder management with TFS

I’ve already spoken about source controlling database using Visual Studio Online and Red-Gate SQL Source Control in this post. The described kind of approach brings a drawback, due to the nature of the plugin and VSO APIs: High latency when getting and syncing local database and workspaces.

Due to this problem, I’ve changed my settings when linking my databases, switching them from “Team Foundation Server (TFS)” to “Working folder“, as in the following picture:

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