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  • Blog Post: Review: Programming MS SQL Server 2008 – Holistic coverage for an App Developer

    Following on from my review of my library. This week, Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Summary: It appears to me that the authors started this book with the premise “There is a lot in SQL2008 that can dramatically change the way you architect solutions. Many features elegantly remove some of the...
  • Blog Post: Get SQL Server 2008 for FREE: FREE Database, FREE Reporting Solution, FREE Spatial

    If you are a Student, Teacher or anyone on a budget, don’t feel pushed to use Open Source databases like MySQL just because they have an entry level offering for free. You may be one of many who expressed concern for its quality & design which suffered when SUN purchased MySQL. Who knows what will...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008: April 09 Updates – Handy links

    Scanning the Microsoft sites it might not be obvious that April 09 was a huge month for new releases from the SQL Team. Given that it is sometimes difficult to find everything in one place I thought I’d make it easier for you by creating this index. Beyond the links there is nothing in this post particularly...
  • Blog Post: Free Chart Controls for .NET: Windows and Web – Handy Links

    Even though its been available for more than 6 months, many people have overlooked this little gem. Those that are using it get terribly excited when they discover how easy it is to use the features & capability it offers. So if you need very powerful charts in your application, read on. Below are...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart Materials – very detailed training, now FREE to download.

    This post is a pointer to a lot of in-depth training on SQL 2008. It includes Virtual PC’s with Demo Scripts, Lab Exercises & a lot of PowerPoint's with notes. To get access to it all click here SQL Server 2008 Training . It is free but you do need to register as helps us to cost justify developing...
  • Blog Post: Boost your Bottomline – BI Breakfast with New Horizons

    Recently I’ve been flying around Australia delivering a 90 min seminar called Boost your BottomLine with SQL Server BI. This post is purely to make the Slides available for the audience. The audience was predominantly technical managers & architects in companies who owned SQL Server. The goal was...
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