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Commenting on Actions in Production

Andy Leonard wants to know whodunnit:

While “Commands completed successfully” is helpful to know – and definitely better than an error message – it does not inform the person executing the command precisely what just happened. Rather, “Commands completed successfully” informs the user that “something happened,” and as far as SQL Server Management Studio is concerned, whatever it was succeeded.

I prefer more details.

Andy also casually drops the concept of idempotence, which I define as saying that the end state is the same no matter how many times you run a specific process. My phrasing of the term is a little different though we get to the same point. Which is itself kind of an explanation of idempotence if you squint a little bit.