Ken Spencer


Ken Spencer is a longtime Microsoft Regional Director, and he consults as an architect on large application-development projects.

Debugging with Visual InterDev 14
Follow these steps to unleash the full power of the Visual InterDev debugging tool.
Running a COM Component in MTS
Follow these steps to create a COM component that runs in Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS).
Using COM Components with MTS
This article is the first in a series about using Visual Basic (VB) to develop distributed applications. I’ll explore COM components and how you can use them with Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS).
Introducing Queued Components
A new feature of COM+—queued components—offers benefits to developers of Web applications on the SQL Server platform.
MSMQ: Time Out for Your Database Applications - 15 May 2000
Many people overlook Microsoft Message Queue Server in their application development strategies, but this powerful messaging technology can give your applications a simple, robust way to interact with SQL Server.
Designing High-Performance User Applications
To increase a Web application’s performance, cut down on round-trips to the server.
Practical COM
COM can ease application development, speed application performance, and set you well on the path of modern application development.
Hardware's Golden Rule - 01 May 2000 1
If your hardware is golden, you've already eliminated many potential problems.
Solving Error-Handling Mysteries
When you’re troubleshooting Web applications, the answers you seek aren’t always in obvious places.
Putting COM Calls to the Test - 24 Apr 2000
The way you call COM objects can have a dramatic effect on application performance.
Returning an XML Document as a String - 17 Apr 2000
Here are three options for generating a complete XML document or stream from a stored procedure, then returning the XML document or stream as a string to the calling application.
Good Business Reasons for Using XML - 10 Apr 2000
XML provides practical solutions for many application needs, such as handling errors and storing session data.
Learning Through Prototyping - 03 Apr 2000
Prototyping is essential to building any application.
Includes Boost Productivity, Code Performance - 09 Mar 2000
Improve both your productivity and your Web applications’ performance by judiciously using server Includes.
Microsoft's New DNA XML Resource Kit - 02 Mar 2000
The DNA XML Resource Kit provides many tools and example code to help you send data across the Internet to other applications or browsers.

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

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Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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