Today is the last Edition before Christmas, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers (who celebrate it) a very Happy Christmas.
As per normal Morning Brew rules, there will be no posts on the Christmas and New Year UK public holidays - this means the schedule for the next week or so will be complicated:
- Saturday 25 & Sunday 26th December
- Weekend, no Morning Brew
- Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December
- UK Public Holidays (Christmas day and Boxing Day) - No Morning Brew
- Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th December
- Morning Brew will be published - although likely to be later than usual publishing time.
- Friday 31st December
- Normal Morning Brew and End of Year Retrospective post
- Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd January 2010
- Weekend and UK Public Holiday (New Years day offset public holiday) - No Morning Brew
- Tuesday 4th January 2010 and onwards
- Back to normal publishing schedule
Without further ado, here are today’s links….
- SQL Scripts Manager: An Appreciation - William Brewer highlights the release of SQL Scripts Manager, a free tool from RedGate and SimpleTalk which provides a nice interface for managing and executing SQL Scripts. The program comes with a number of useful scripts to perform a variety of maintenance and performance related tasks.
- Reimplementing LINQ to Objects: Part 3 - "Select" (and a rename…) - Jon Skeet continues with a series from earlier in the year looking at implementing Linq-To-Objects again from first principles. In this post Jon highlights the availability of the source for the project on Google Code, and explores the implementation of Select.
- Kill That Util Class! - Dhaval Dalal discusses the Utility Class anti-pattern, and looks at using Extension Methods in preference to create a better API and remove the need for calling methods on a Util Class.
- What every developer should know about character encoding - David Thielen gives a brief discussion of character encoding and text files, sharing some best practice ideas for making sure you don’t get caught out by encoding problems.
- SQLBits - Beside the seaside - 7 - 9 April 2011 - Brighton - The SQLBits team have announced the plans for SQLBits 8 ‘Beside the Seaside’ to be held in Brighton, and will be in the familiar 3 day format, with day 1 and 2 being pay for pre-conference and deep dive events, and culminating with the Saturday Free Community day. SQLBits is one of my favourite community events and well worth checking out