Product Review: Devart dbForge Schema Compare

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Database change management provides a set of tools which make the process of propagating database schema and data changes to multiple environments effortless. The problem that Database Change Management is attempting to solve: Most significant business applications rely on at least one relational database for persisting data As new features are developed, database schema changes are often necessary – i.e. new tables, columns, views, and stored procedures Database schema changes and corresponding code changes must always be deployed together Successful database change management requires that a consistent process be applied by all team members. Without a consistent process than the tools provided in this solution will not provide its full value. The proposed/ideal process that uses database change management tools would consist of: Each developer using their own local database to do their development work Each environment using its own database. i.e. Development, Testing, Staging, and Production Each developer maintains his changes locally When the database changes are ready to commit alongside the application source code, the developer create a change script that wraps all of the database changes into a single transactional change script. By now you’re probably asking yourself how in the world is it even possible to …

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Product Review: AndroXplorer

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AndroXplorer is an essential application for everyone who owns an Android device. Its natural process is the way for Android users to explore folders and files proficiently. While there are numerous file explorers on the market today each falls short in its own way when it comes to measuring up to AndroXplorer. The fine folks at the AndroXplorer has graciously provided five FREE licenses of AndroXplorer v3, just continue reading for details on how to win. Editions There are two versions available and depending upon your needs they provide two very different feature sets. Version 2 is the free light version which does not support data encryption or compression and compared to version 3. That being said if you have no need for these then you would be just fine running version 2. However, it is well worth stating the obvious and as mobile devices are becoming more and more part of our daily lives the ability to encrypt your data becomes much more important. Features Protect your sensitive data on Android phone by activating the app. with “state-of-the-art” technology of encryption. To manage your installed applications, AndroXplorer provides My Programs. This feature aggregates all installed applications within a single …

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Product Review: Devart SQL Complete

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If you work with SQL Server databases often then sit back and grab a cup of coffee while I introduce you to a product from Devart called SQL Complete. I can hear what your thinking and you may be asking yourself why should I care if intellisense has long been available in SQL Server 2008? The answer is simple, this product just provides much more options and works better than the out of the box intellisense from Microsoft. Editions Express — a free software which provides basic functionality to speed up typing of SQL queries. (home run for those on a shoestring budget) Standard — fully-functional edition providing extended functionality to make typing of various SQL queries as easy and fast as never before. Features Context-based prompt of database objects Context-based prompt of keywords Context-based prompt of function parameters Word autocompletion Smart filtering to display only relevant matches Context-based sorting of suggestions in the list Determining a current database and schema Supporting queries to various databases Automatic displaying suggestions while typing Two ways to insert a suggested word into a query Usage of syntax highlight settings for the suggestions list Query formatting Support of various query types Semi-transparent view of …

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Product Review: Diskeeper 2010

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Listen up, if you own a computer, then I want to share a problem that everyone encounters and fortunately the solution is easy and cost effective. The problem is hard disk fragmentation which is a one of the major causes of performance bottlenecks. Fragmentation may result in crashes, slowdowns, freeze-ups and even total system failures; therefore it is important to understand what you can do to be proactive. Many people are aware of the defrag utility that Windows comes with, but it is a manual process to defrag your disk and it is slow. At the very minimum you should be using this utility on a monthly basis. If you’re not familiar with what a fragmented hard disk represents, then think of it as individual files on a disk which is unorganized across the surface area. With a product such as Diskeeper your disk will be kept defragmented and in fast working order. Also Diskeeper can handle drives that are compressed and encrypted. One of my absolute favorite features is the ability to establish a schedule to run in the background while you continue your favorite activity with no disruption in the sense of performance. There are a number of …

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Product Review: Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Recently I found myself tired of my ear-buds that I have been using for both my Zune and Android devices when it comes to listening to my media and I was in the market for headphones that performed well while at the same time was not going to cost me a fortune. The ear-buds worked fine but the quality simply was not there and I had grown tired of hearing every noise that was occurring around me and a good set of headphones would achieve both of these goals. Features Top-of-the-head design for a secure fit and foam ear cushions for comfort 38mm drivers for deep bass; neodymium magnet 87.4% noise reduction Foldable and swivel design for convenient portability Included in-flight adapter makes air travel more enjoyable Frequency response: 30Hz – 20kHz Sensitivity: 102dB/mW Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz Includes carry pouch, in-flight plug adapter, manganese AAA battery and extension cord Review I want to be up front and let you know that I am not a fanatic when it comes to my music as some people are that I know. With that said the price for these headphones was just right which at the time I bought them …

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