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  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas in Database Design and more SQL Smarts

    eek! Sleep well tonight if you plan on attending the free 24 hours of non-stop SQL Server and BI training on September 2 from the good folks at SQL PASS. All from the comfort of your favorite internet connected spot… Additional details, timings and registration at the SQL PASS website . From the website...
  • Blog Post: Inside SQL Data Services, actually SQL Azure Database!

    eek! Update: Try out the SQL Azure Database CTP today! This one is for the architects! I’ve been catching up on the nosql phenomenon (and think that Windows Azure Storage should do just fine for “nosql” types). But for those of us who cherish relational databases (especially SQL Server) and want it...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2008 joins the Training Kit Team!

    eek! The Training Kits which are so well done just got a new addition – The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit . Visit Roger’s blog for details . In a nutshell… The material is organized into several feature areas: Spatial Support provides an overview of the new spatial data types that...
  • Blog Post: April Cool

    eek! Bucking the trend on April Fool by doing an April Cool post. Here are some of the things I talked about in March. Hope you get a resource or link that saves you time... Girl Geeks Rule Downloading IE8 Get Silverlight 3 Beta with eyes wide open Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform An Azure Moment...
  • Blog Post: Dancing with the Stars – the Oracle and SQL Server Pairing

    eek! Given the right music, these guys could win it all. I was watching the Microsoft on ISVs blog and stumbled upon this great resource for folks running Oracle applications on SQL Server. It is called the Microsoft Oracle Center of Excellence (MOCE). Check out the 2 day workshop coming to various cities...
  • Blog Post: Get your motor running…

    eek! Bigger, badder and you’ll get to decide if it is better. The MSDN Northeast Roadshow comes to Hartford CT on March 18 2009 for a whole day at a new, larger venue (click the link to register and get details). It is FREE! Why? Catch up on… "Top Dev": Effective .NET Developer Practices Head...
  • Blog Post: What is running those businesses?

    eek! I’d like to think WCF with the REST starter kit, IIS 7, Silverlight, etc., etc. But I’d be wrong. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access are the basis for many critical business applications and in this ARCast.TV segment (around 22 minutes long), you get to hear how other enterprises are managing...
  • Blog Post: Measure Twice; Cut Once

    eek! Microsoft just announced a new version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit . What is it (emphasis mine)? MAP is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier for you to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this version, MAP has expanded its assessment...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye September

    eek! First time here? Here's what September looked like... A peek at 2010 now See you at the PDC? Hello SQL Server 2008 Updated Training Kit Resource Page MSR New England is Open - watch the videos! Pimp your IDE...Easy Money? So much fun - MSDN and Social Bookmarks Updates - IE 8 Videos and Web 2.0...
  • Blog Post: Hello SQL Server 2008

    eek! Are you experienced? SQL Server 2008 Resources ready for you - with some deals... Note: All offers will expire on June 30th, 2009, so hurry and make the most of them while they last. This site will only keep getting better. While you are at it, check out Roger's top 10 list for Developers .
  • Blog Post: Birth of ADO.NET Data Services

    eek! I digg this one :) The oral tradition of Project Astoria's history (now ADO.NET Data Services) is now in written form . Remember, there are 2 presentations and labs to jumpstart your knowledge of ADO.NET Data Services as part of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit .
  • Blog Post: SQL CAT - Cat Stories Part 2

    eek! Continuing on my "cat oriented" stories , I present to you: the SQL Customer Advisory Team or SQLCAT. This team continues to provide important information that is a must read for developers, architects and DBAs alike. They've supplemented their blog with an easy to remember web site: sqlcat...
  • Blog Post: Kick start your SQL Server 2008 Learning

    eek! Hooray, SQL Server 2008 is done ! It occurred to me that you may want to review some of the materials that I've used to understand what's in SQL Server 2008, so here goes... This is a cool one stop shop for resources - The SQL Server 2008 JumpStart . What's in it? The developer track is quite comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Got SQL? Get Community.

    hey there! I was following up on some SQL 2008 resources and found a good set of resources at the Microsoft SQL Server Community site. Billed as the worldwide hub for SQL Server Professionals , the site is a portal into some of the newest resources and articles for SQL Server. Check it out...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Data Developers

    hey there! You work with data at all? Well then, you may like DataDeveloper.net . In doing some research for a buddy, I stumbled upon this resource. I was looking for Entity Framework information - with the release date promised some time this summer - its about time I educated myself on this technology...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2008 at Connecticut .NET Developers Group

    hey there! Not to late to let us know if you are coming, please RSVP to ctdotnet @ gmail.com (for Pizza/Soda count). Tuesday, April 29th 6-8 PM @ Microsoft Farmington, CT . Adam Machanic is presenting: SQL Server 2008: Should .NET Developers Care? The marketing message behind SQL Server 2008 has certainly...
  • Blog Post: Get your Test drive of Windows 2008, SQL 2008 and Visual Studio 2008

    hey there! Were you able to attend one of the launch events in your home town? They are still going on, so check it out! I discovered a great learning resource: the {online events} part of the launch web site: Each product has a jump to resources - free training, web casts, etc. For example, I intend...
  • Blog Post: FREE is a good price; somebody leaked our agenda!

    hey there! It wasn't me :) Folks, we have a few more days until our discounted hotel rate expires. This is going to be a great solutions and developer conference. If you haven't seen it yet, check out our agenda . It is still being refined, but where are you going to get such fantastic content at such...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2008 coolness and making your database purr with the SQLCAT

    hey there! What a great launch event we had in Boston last week. During the keynote, one of our local customers talked about their great work with SQL Server 2008 (yes, that's right, in all its beta glory). The customer spoke highly of the SQLCAT (SQL Customer Advisory Team) and how the team helped...
  • Blog Post: Learn Silverlight 2.0 and SQL Server Data Services at our conference

    hey there! Yes, we put together our agenda and have tons of Silverlight (thank you Jesse, Sam, John and DaveDev) and our friend David Robinson is going to wow us with SQL Server Data Services - he being a PM on the team and all. Please register today as space is limited and our hotel discount ends...
  • Blog Post: Did Steve Ballmer plug our cool developer conference? SQL Server Data Services, Silverlight, OBA Mashups, Microsoft Surface, more!

    hey there! We have a cool conference lined up in about a month . Please register today as space is limited. We have a fantastic set of industry focused keynotes and solution tracks *on top of* our technical, developer focused sessions: SQL Server Data Services Silverlight 2.0 and WPF ASP.NET AJAX and...
  • Blog Post: Industry Leadership * Solutions Focused * Microsoft Surface * Deep Technical Content * Free Food

    Reserve your seat today for our Health and Life Sciences Developer and Solutions Conference coming in a month to Atlantic City! Click here for details on the great things we have planned. A deadline for discounted hotel registration is upon us. a comic by Dan Kasun You'll be able to interact with a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 - Silverlight Comes of Age

    so we meet again... I was fortunate to attend MIX08 last week and am really excited about what is in store for developers with Silverlight 2.0. That's just part of the Ozzie/Guthrie/Hachamovitch keynote that kicked things off. My buddy Dave does a great job of cataloging what went down in Vegas. Deep...
  • Blog Post: We have RIA at the HLS Developers Conference! Silverlight 2.0, Ajax Patterns and Security

    so we meet again... We are planning some serious Health and Life Sciences related content - here are some sessions we are toying with... A Lap Around Patient Safety Screening Tool - A MOSS 2007 Solution from concept to code A Lap Around Scientist Work Bench - visualizing complex...
  • Blog Post: Get Smart with the Microsoft Developer Training Kits - Updated October 2009

    Update: November 9, 2009. Visit the SharePoint 2010 Training on Channel9. Update: October 4, 2009. Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit . Update: June 8, 2009. Windows 7 Developer Training Kit . Update: May 14, 2009. SQL Server 2008 Developer get you: SQL Server 2008 Developer Training...
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