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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Certification Live Meeting (APAC Friendly Time)

    I was in a meeting today with Tania Netterfield and she shared some certification plans with me that I'm itching to announce ... but I have to wait. In the mean time, Trika's announced that they've rescheduled the SQL Server 2008 Certification live meeting. The second meeting listed below is at Midday...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Back in June and July, I did a series of posts about the great Virtual Labs that are available for you to jump right into with no download and no configuration requirements. I posted about labs for: Business Intelligence Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Security SQL Server 2005 Upgrade VSTS2005...
  • Blog Post: What, more fishbowl movies?

    The last batch of Virtual TechEd Fishbowl movies from TechEd Australia have been posted. Check 'em out! (You'll need to page down at least once because VTE's been to South Africa, Japan, and now Barcelona in the mean time) A Veteran WIT Tells her Story In this last WIT installment from Tech·Ed Australia...
  • Blog Post: >L< Blogging!

    Via Doug . I've been reading Lisa's stuff since before she retired the whip (I've still got the notes from the conference I saw her speak at in, I think, 1993) and then her voluminous public output slowed to a trickle. Every once in a while another gem would appear and was as good as before but left...
  • Blog Post: Wow, Now I'm MCPD!

    Call me unusual, but I like doing the MS Certification exams . First, some history. My first exam was way back in 1999, when I participated in the beta program for the (then) new Visual FoxPro exams, 70-155 (Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications with Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® 6.0) and 70...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - ASP.NET Virtual Labs

    Celebrate the new Financial Year with another great set of labs. ASP.NET Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) With ASP.NET you create richer Web applications with fewer lines of code. These virtual labs teach you about the innovations that debuted with ASP.NET 1.x and introduces you to...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs

    Today, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) What's new in Visual Studio Team System Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of some of...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - SQL Server 2005 Upgrade

    Today, SQL Server 2005 Upgrade (from the suite of Virtual Labs ) Step into a New SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Virtual Lab for Free It's simple-no complex setup or installation is required to try out Microsoft SQL Server 2005. In these labs, you will increase your confidence and reduce your upgrade risks...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the Hong Kong Roadmap and Futures Event

    I've just spent a couple of days in Hong Kong culminating in 3 presentations to VFP and VB6 developers about strategies for moving their applications forward to take advantage of the platform. The three decks are attached. I posted some of the sample code I presented in a previous post . In the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server CE Portal

    Nick Randolph just pinged me to tell me about a new portal he's set up for people using SQL Server CE . His post about it is here . Subscribed .
  • Blog Post: Make and Mend Day - Installation, Configuration and Celebration

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Tecra A7 to the RTM versions of Vista and Office 2007, and have been going through my list of things to install on a new machine to check that I haven't missed anything. In addition, I've been meaning to enable access to my TFS box via the internet for some time now, so...
  • Blog Post: Does this make me a Cabana Boy?

    [Update - fixed the DDLS link and added Cabana session titles for all sponsors] [Update 2 - changed Object Consulting's Session Title] Yesterday I posted that all the Developer Cabana Sessions were completely booked at TechEd less than 12 hours after they had been made available on CommNet. I pinged...
  • Blog Post: Managing SQL Server Express

    I showed off integrating SQL Express with VFP at OzFox Lite last weekend, and as part of the presentation (515 KB) , everyone got a copy of SQL Express (as well as all of the other Express products ). I did mention it at the time, but a couple of people have asked me again. SQL Express doesn't ship with...
  • Blog Post: TFS MSSCCI Provider Update

    Brian Harry 's posted an update about the availability of the next drop of the MSSCCI provider for TFS (should be some time in the week of April 3). This will allow you to use the TFS source control features from IDEs other than VS2005. The IDEs they've tested against so far are Visual Studio ...
  • Blog Post: Resources from my Security Summit Session - Creating Reliable And Robust Applications With Visual Studio 2005 And SQL Server 2005

    Here's a list of the resources I showed at the end of my Security Summit sessions around the country. The first one is the most important as it will point you to the webcasts and all the resources from all of the sessions at the Summit. Security eForum site http://www.microsoft.com/australia...
  • Blog Post: 2-Day BI Workshops. Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide

    Hot on the heels of the VSTS workshops , Frederique Dennison has mailed me about a series of BI workshops to be held in cities around Australia. These will be presented by Peter Myers (also of Ready! tour fame ). Get 'em while they're hot! Jumpstart to Microsoft Business Intelligence...
  • Blog Post: TFS MSSCCI Provider Beta 2 Released and it works* with VFP

    Rob Caron (and a number of other folk ) blogged yesterday that the next release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider has been posted. This is great news for people using VS2003, VS2002, VS6, SQL Server Enterprise Manager, or any other IDE that supports the MSSCCI Source Control...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands On Labs

    Are you ready to experience SQL Server 2005? Announcing the launch of the SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands on labs. In these labs, you will get to experience many of the new features in SQL Server 2005 including CLR integration, XML support and deep business intelligence integration. Just follow the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Webcasts in April

    Discover how Microsoft SQL Server 2005 offers database developers the optimal combination of a tightly integrated development and data management platform. The rich and flexible programming environment in SQL Server 2005 allows you to leverage your existing skills and utilize familiar tools to build...
  • Blog Post: Greg Low's SQL 2005 for Developers Session now online

    Greg Low's record breaking Security Summit session on SQL2005 for Developers is now available for viewing online or offline. Grab it from here . To view it offline you'll need to install the free LiveMeeting Replay application.
  • Blog Post: Security Summit

    I just subscribed to John Montgomery's Blog and he has a great post about writing secure code . This segues really nicely into our security summit , coming to a capital city near you next month. In the developer track, we're talking a lot about team development and how a whole of project life-cycle approach...
  • Blog Post: Creating a SQLCLR SP in SQL2005

    Up on the VSData Team Blog , Brad's posted A Simple Walkthrough for deploying a SQLCLR Stored Procedure . This is a great companion to the information contained in the SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Resource Kit (available Free in Australia). This, and another discussion I was having earlier today with Chuck...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Resource Kit Available in Australia

    Terry Clancy, The SQL Server Product Manager in Australia, tells me that the SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Resource Kit is available in Australia. Go to http://msstore.datacom.com.au/sqlbeta to order a FREE copy (there's not even any shipping to pay) The kit contains SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Dev Edition SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Route64 Comes To Sydney

    Well, I've finally got around to blogging about the Route64 event that happened here in Sydney on July 8. We had about 85 keen developers come to the Microsoft offices in Sydney to hear Volker Will and James Smith give a great introduction to our approach to 64-bit. The day started with an overview of...
  • Blog Post: ADNUG Whidbey-Fest

    Peter Griffith, President of ADNUG, sends me this fantastic news: The Adelaide Dot Net Users Group ( ADNUG ) is planning a Whidbey-fest at their 11th August meeting at Microsoft Innovation Centre at Santos house. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring along a laptop (and possibly a power...
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