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    Microsoft’s Data Access Strategy

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    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...
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    64-bit OLEDB Provider for ODBC (MSDASQL) Is Now Available For Windows Server 2003

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    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...
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    64-bit OLEDB Provider for ODBC (MSDASQL) Available in Longhorn Server, Starting Beta 3

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    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...
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    Data Access API of the Day, Part I

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    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...
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    Conceptual Schema

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    When I first started working on commercial relational databases in the early 1980’s the questions of the day were as basic as “Can the relational database be used for commercial software?” In those days the breakthrough from a programmer perspective...
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    Connecting to Pre-Release Versions of SQL Server 2008

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    Testing has identified some issues connecting to versions of SQL Server 2008 from applications using the .NET Framework v2.0 SP1 or developers using Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008. These connectivity issues should be considered before upgrading...
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    Data Access API of the Day - Part IV (Programming to the Conceptual Model…)

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    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...
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    VSLive Keynote - San Francisco

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    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...
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    Welcome to the Microsoft Data blog

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    Welcome to the Microsoft Data blog. I’m Samuel Druker and I lead a group that’s responsible for building technology that enables great data-enabled applications. We have a lot of technologies under our umbrella and no matter what part of the Windows...
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    Data Access API of the Day Part II – Componentizing Data Access

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    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...
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    ODBC DM 3.80 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

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    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....
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    Data Access API of the Day Part III – Disconnected Programming in a Managed Environment

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    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...
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    ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 Released!

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    Announcing the release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 ! The ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 release enables users to visually design models and mappings using Visual Studio 2008 RTM and the .NET Framework 3.5 RTM. This release also incorporates...
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    Incremental Improvement, Important Milestones, and Complementary Goals

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    Building software is an exercise in incremental improvement, and when an important milestone is reached and new work is made available for the first time the team who worked so hard to build software that is useful, reliable, and secure look forward to...
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    Announcing Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver 2.0

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    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...
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    Announcing Entity Framework & ADO.NET Data Services RTM!

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    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...
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    ODBC DSN Management in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

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    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...
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    ODBC DM 3.81 in the Next Release of Windows (code-named Windows “8” and Windows Server “8”)

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    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...
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    Program Manager openings in Data Programmability

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    We’re gearing up for the next release of the .NET Framework, and we are looking for people that have a passion for building great frameworks to help with the effort.  Since we’ve shipped the .NET Framework 3.5 we’ve been working...
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    WinFS Updates...

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    My friend Quentin Clark has posted a pair of updates to the WinFS project over on the team blog. A lot of what we learned about making a modern database development platform has made it's way into ADO.NET v.Next. We learned a lot about the needs of developers...
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    Entities in Olympus and Channel 9...

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    While watching Jim Gray's PASS video that Alex referenced in the previous post it reminded me that while I’ve been building commercial relational database systems for 20+ years, I've have had the opportunity to work with Jim Gray twice in my career. If...
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    MSXML4 is going to be kill bit-ed

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    Our XML team announced this morning that, a s a part of our MSXML4 End of Life plan, we will kill bit MSXML4 in the October – December timeframe of 2007 . The k ill Bit applies to Internet Explorer only, after which, applications will not be able to create...
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    Astoria Client Library for Microsoft Silverlight Alpha 1.1

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    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...
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    SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP CTP Announced at ZendCon

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    This morning, during Harold Goldberg‘s keynote at ZendCon, Bill Staples announced the upcoming availability of Microsoft's first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP. The PHP Driver will deliver an API designed...
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    Announcing Project Codename "Velocity"

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    The advances in processors, memory, storage, and connectivity have paved the way for next-generation applications that are data-driven, whose data could reside anywhere (i.e. on the desktops, mobile devices, servers, and in the cloud) and that require...
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