Author Archives: Craig Bryden

About Craig Bryden

I am a husband, father and sometimes I masquerade as an experienced Business Intelligence practitioner and Database Developer. I focus on the Microsoft SQL Server suite of products, and in addition have experience with C# and some team leading experience. I have also presented at SQL Saturday events and user groups I currently hold multiple Microsoft certifications, MCTS - SQL Server 2005, and MCTS - SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance, MCTS - SQL Server 2008 Database Developer, MCITP - Business Intelligence Developer 2008, and Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCSA & MCSE - Business Intelligence (2012)

Independent Again

Just a quick note that I am no longer with WARDY IT Solutions. My three years working there were fun, rewarding, and I learnt a lot. I thank Peter Ward and his team for the opportunity to work with them. … Continue reading

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My first project using Biml & Mist

I have recently started using Biml & Mist. Both of these products have been created and maintained by Varigence. Most experienced SSIS / BI developers that I’ve had the pleasure to work with have expressed irritation with how much time … Continue reading

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Software Development Estimates for Small Jobs

As a consultant, I regularly get asked to estimate the amount of work involved in software changes that customers want. In principle this is fine. I know that all work that is done in business these days is based on … Continue reading

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Beware: Renaming a database with non-schemabound views

For many years now I have been aware that views may need refreshing. If you create a view without using the “SCHEMABINDING” clause, you will need to refresh the view if any of the underlying objects change (e.g. change the … Continue reading

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I have joined WARDY IT

Edit: Please note that I am no longer with WARDY IT I have been a bit neglectful of my blog recently. I suppose I should have mentioned that I am no longer a contractor and am now working for WARDY … Continue reading

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Error while installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1

I recently got given a new laptop to work on and soon realised that Visual Studio 2010 was not up to date. I started the installation of SP1, but the installation kept failing. I tried this three times and it … Continue reading

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MS SQL Certifications

Today I passed my exam for MCTS: SQL Server 2008 Database Development. I am by nature quite nervous when I take exams, I don’t know why. With every Microsoft certification I have ever written I have finished the test and … Continue reading

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