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  • Blog Post: ODBC DM 3.81 in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

    We’re excited to announce Microsoft ODBC Driver Manager (DM) version 3.81. It will be released in the next release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”). What’s New in Version 3.81? Compared to ODBC DM 3.80 that shipped in Windows 7 and Windows...
  • Blog Post: ODBC DSN Management in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

    We’re pleased to announce two new improvements for ODBC Data Source Name (DSN) Management that will be available in the next release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”). What’s New? Improved User Interface in ODBC Data Source Administrator...
  • Blog Post: Data + Application Services + Sync= “It’s Still All Data” (the new again-expanded Data Developer Center)

    Last November, at the start of the 2009 PDC, we launched an expanded Data Developer Center that incorporated XML and SQL Server Modeling (formerly “Oslo”) technologies. It was a challenge to create a site structure that could accommodate eight or more distinct technologies under one roof...
  • Blog Post: Data + XML + “Oslo” = “It’s All Data” (the new Data Developer Center)

    After some months of planning and execution, we’re delighted to present you with the newly redesigned and expanded Data Developer Center on MSDN! The expanded part here comes from the fact that the Data DevCenter is now home to what used to be two other separate centers, XML and “Oslo”. Actually,...
  • Blog Post: ODBC DM 3.80 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    We’re excited to announce that version 3.8 of the Microsoft ODBC DM (Driver Manager) will be released in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. What’s New In Version 3.80? Compared to ODBC 3.5x, there are four major improvements in ODBC 3.80. Streamed Output Parameters In ODBC 3.5x,...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver 2.0

    We are excited to announce the newest release of the Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver! This version of the JDBC driver provides support for the JDBC 4.0 API, including new national character set conversion methods, new metadata methods, and new data types like SQLXML, as well as a host of performance...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services RTM!

    Announcing Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services RTM! We are excited to announce the RTM of the Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, including the RTM of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services, which raise the level of abstraction for database programming and...
  • Blog Post: Interested in working on the ADO.NET Data Services Framework (aka "Astoria") or XML?

    Do you want to work on the next generation of data access APIs for the web? If so, the Astoria and XML teams are hiring. If you want to get a feel for the types of problems our team thinks about the solutions we build, check out the earlier posts on this blog as well as http://msdn.microsoft.com/data...
  • Blog Post: Program Manager openings in Data Programmability in 2008

    We’re gearing up for the next release of the SQL Server, and we are looking for people that have a passion for building great data access technologies and frameworks to help with the effort. We have been very busy recently releasing: · Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET Framework Data Provider...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to Pre-Release Versions of SQL Server 2008 – Part Deux

    Since posting on the topic of design-time and runtime connectivity to pre-release versions of SQL Server 2008 on the Data blog in November, the set of affected clients (applications, runtimes, and operating systems) have been officially released: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: 64-bit OLEDB Provider for ODBC (MSDASQL) Is Now Available For Windows Server 2003

    We’re pleased to announce that 64-bit MSDASQL for Windows Server 2003 is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=000364db-5e8b-44a8-b9be-ca44d18b059b . This update will also be available through “Windows Update” soon. What is MSDASQL? MSDASQL is...
  • Blog Post: Deep EF

    The gang at Channel 9 gave me a soapbox for talking about the Entity Data Model, the ADO.NET Entity Framework, SQL Server, a strong architectural factoring and a bunch of related rambling about how to build composite applications that handle massive quantities of data. Enjoy! (or not, sound off in the...
  • Blog Post: Data Development Bonus Track - Devconnections Fall 2007

    There's a new Bonus Track at at DevConnections this Fall! Come and check out sessions in the new Data Access Bonus track to learn more about the many new, and not so new, Microsoft products providing developers with a more positive and efficient experience developing data-aware applications regardless...
  • Blog Post: Astoria Client Library for Microsoft Silverlight Alpha 1.1

    The Astoria Team is happy to announce the availability of an add-on to the Astoria May CTP that contains a version of the Astoria client library for use in Microsoft Silverlight Alpha 1.1 applications. The original May CTP release included a client library, but the library was only written to target...
  • Blog Post: 64-bit OLEDB Provider for ODBC (MSDASQL) Available in Longhorn Server, Starting Beta 3

    We’re pleased to announce that Longhorn Server Beta 3 will include a 64-bit version of MSDASQL, Microsoft’s OLEDB Provider for ODBC. What is MSDASQL? MSDASQL is an OLEDB provider that allows applications built on OLEDB and ADO (which uses OLEDB internally) to access data sources through an ODBC...
  • Blog Post: Data Technologies at Mix '07

    There has been a lot of recent coverage on the participation of data technologies at Mix 07 and the announcements that we, the Data Programmability team at Microsoft, made regarding two new incubation projects that we are working on. So, if you didn't get a chance to attend Mix, or just didn't...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Data Access Strategy

    Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has been talking a lot about two major innovations related to representing and querying data. The first is the new Entity Data Model exposed as part of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, and the second is a set of extensions to the .NET Framework for integrating queries...
  • Blog Post: VSLive Keynote - San Francisco

    Britt Johnston, Director, Data Programmability at Microsoft gave a Keynote speech this morning at VSLive in San Francisco. In his presentation, Britt spoke largely about the idea of Conceptual Data Programming and Microsoft's vision for Data Access, raising the level of abstraction around data access...
  • Blog Post: Data Access API of the Day - Part IV (Programming to the Conceptual Model…)

    Welcome to Part IV of Data Access API of the Day ; a brief history of the evolution of Microsoft’s Data Access APIs. In Part I we looked at ODBC as Microsoft’s C-based Relational API, and the DAO and RDO automation interfaces that made relational databases exposed through ODBC available to languages...
  • Blog Post: Data Access API of the Day Part III – Disconnected Programming in a Managed Environment

    Welcome to Part III of DataAccess API of the Day ; a brief history of the evolution of Microsoft’s Data Access APIs. In Part I we looked at ODBC as Microsoft’s C-based Relational API, and the DAO and RDO automation interfaces that made relational databases exposed through ODBC available to languages...
  • Blog Post: Data Access API of the Day Part II – Componentizing Data Access

    Welcome to Part II of Data Access API of the Day ; a brief history of the evolution of Microsoft’s Data Access APIs. In Part I we looked at ODBC as Microsoft’s C-based Relational API, and the DAO and RDO automation interfaces that made relational databases exposed through ODBC available to languages...
  • Blog Post: Data Access API of the Day, Part I

    Why does it seem like Microsoft is coming up with a new Data Access API every time you turn around? First there was DbLib, then ODBC, then DAO, RDO, ODBCDirect, OLEDB, ADO, ADO.NET -- When is Microsoft going to run out of letters? And now what's this LINQ thing? And what about these "Entities" someone...
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