Azure SQL Database is deeply integrated with the Azure platform and is highly dependent on Service Fabric for failure detection and recovery, on Azure Storage Blobs for data protection and Availability Zones for higher fault tolerance. At the same time, Azure SQL database fully leverages the Always On Availability Group technology from SQL Server box product for replication and failover. The combination of these technologies enables the applications to fully realize the benefits of a mixed storage model and support the most demanding SLAs.

Production is everything. If your software doesn’t perform in production, it doesn’t perform. Thankfully there’s a range of information that you can measure and monitor that helps you understand your production system and solve any issues that may arise. But where do you start and what should you monitor and measure? What are the tradeoffs between different approaches?

The primary purpose of table-level locks is to block reads and/or writes when changes to the underlying table structure are made during DDL commands such as ALTER TABLE. However, not all DDL commands need to block reads or writes, some only block each other.

This post will explain exactly what a sparse Merkle tree is, why they’re cool, and what they’re currently being used for.

For software engineers this can translate to selling products directly to customers on the front lines or selling new product feature ideas internally within an organization. In either case, sales in some form cannot be avoided.

Last week, GitHub experienced an incident that resulted in degraded service for 24 hours and 11 minutes. While portions of our platform were not affected by this incident, multiple internal systems were affected which resulted in our displaying of information that was out of date and inconsistent.

In this post, we’ll consider several reasons why you should avoid using ORM (Object Relational Mapping) in your project. While the concepts discussed in this post are applicable to every language and platform, the code examples will be written in Node.js-flavored JavaScript and we will be considering packages obtained from the npm repository.