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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What is 'SQL Server Everywhere Edition'?

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    So, what is 'SQL Server Everywhere Edition'? Answer? Check out this Channel 9 video with Anil Nori (Distinguished Engineer), Steve Lasker and Carlton Lane Review this SQL Everywhere FAQ (by Steve Lasker ) Visit the SQL Server Everywhere...
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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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    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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    Entity Framework & Data Services Available in VS2008 SP1 Beta

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    We are very excited about .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and what this update means for developers who use ADO.NET for data development. This beta marks the entry of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services (aka project Astoria...
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    SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver v1.2 Official Release

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    The Microsoft SQL Server JDBC team is proud to announce the general availability of the v1.2 RTW release. This release continues Microsoft's commitment to the JAVA community and non-Microsoft centric programming platforms. The driver can be found at http...
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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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    Best practices with MSXML on the browser

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    Adam Wiener, Lead Program Manager for Data Programmability / XML Technologies, has worked closely with the IE team in the lead up to the IE7 release. As part of that process, Adam looked at the use of XML in the browser and concluded: "During this...
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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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    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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    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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    Connecting to Pre-Release Versions of SQL Server 2008 – Part Deux

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    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...
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    Data + XML + “Oslo” = “It’s All Data” (the new Data Developer Center)

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    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...
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    Data Access Virtual Labs

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    MSDN Virtual Labs allows customers to quickly evaluate or learn how to build applications through a series of guided, hands-on labs which can be completed in 90 minutes or less. The best part is, the MSDN Virtual Labs do not require any installation...
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