Steve Fenton


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Faster! Faster! Faster!

I was listening to someone talking about being agile and lean in software development. The conversation was very interesting, but there was an underlying theme of urgency and efficiency that I found troubling. There is nothing wrong with delivering quickly, but we should never forget that “you can only go fast if you go right” […]

Query optimisation is still alive

When I was working on SQL 2000 databases back in the day, the ordering of your joins and where clauses could make an insane difference to query performance. I was working on a reconciliation system that grew by a million records a month – so a simple re-order of a where clause would blast a […]