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  • Robert Burke's MSDN Weblog

    TechEd Europe Report: Most Memorable of the Rest (and MS Ireland Party pics!)

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    I've been distracted from my attempts to finish my wrap-up to last week's TechEd Europe, and in the interim, Marcus has been very eloquent , and Clare called out my favourite moment from the latter half of the week: Senior VP and CTO David Vaskevitch...
  • Benjamin Wright-Jones

    Add-on Components for SSIS

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    I've just discovered a new 3rd party add-on for Integration Services by Ivolva.com. There is a SSIS wizard http://www.ivolva.com/ssis_wizards.html which simplifies the process of creating a custom task or data flow component. There is also the Extra Sort...
  • IUpdateable from Eric Nelson (http://ericnelson.wordpress.com)

    SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 - checking for compatibility

    My colleagues in the USA have been running some great application compatibility labs with our early adopters - and part of that lab has involved using a new tool which has now been made available for all. The SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor can be used...
  • Benjamin Wright-Jones

    SQL Server 2005 Training, Free!

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    Go here for free online learning for SQL Server 2005: https://www.microsoftelearning.com/sqlserver2005/ - not bad as a starting point...
  • sano the super geek

    Wrapping text in DataGrid cells

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    One of the most common questions I've been asked in recent weeks has been in regards to creating a data grid column style that supports text wrapping. It's really unfortunate that the DataGrid control does not provide this type of functionality, and even...
  • Darryl Burling @ Work

    Bravo Steve Jobs!

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    I just read on Digital Media Thoughts about a kid who was killed because he had an iPod (whether this was what the attackers wanted is not clear) and - surprise! - the boys father received a consoling phone call from Steve Jobs! It guts me to think...
  • Rob Caron

    New Team System Stuff - 2005-07-14

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    Visual Studio Team System There’s a new Team System community site – TeamSystemRocks.com ! ⊕ Well, Jeff Lynch rekindled the fire around Team System pricing over on codebetter.com ⊕ , and he was quickly joined by Steve Hebert ⊕ and Brendan Tompkins...
  • Roberdan

    SharePoint Utility Suite just released

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    Overview Sample code showcasing the SharePoint Object Model Description The purpose of the SharePoint Utility Suite is to provide a packaged collection of Tools and Utilities showcasing the rich Object Model that is delivered with the SharePoint...
  • Engine Watch

    SQL 2000 and 2005: how many files to create in a database

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    The following KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328551 talks about how many files the tempdb database should have. Is there similar suggestion for regular databases? Here is my thought: It is hard to predict how many files are needed per file group...
  • john devadoss' blog

    Architecture for the vendors vs Architecture for the customer

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    I have been following the JBI spec closely for a while - and something that Eric Newcomer said recently summarized very succintly the difference between architecting for the vendors vs architecting for the customer. "JBI is entirely focused on an API...
  • David Wang

    HOWTO: Enumerate IIS website configuration (VBScript using ADSI)

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    A powerful but often under-utilized and misunderstood feature of IIS is its programmatic configuration APIs. On the one hand, all IIS administrative APIs allow programmatic, automated, and unattend configuration of IIS. On the other hand, it can be hard...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    The future of the C# language

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    PDC is coming up soon, and the session list has been posted. One thing i wanted to point out was the abstract for a session that the C# team will be giving on version 3.0 of the language: C#: Future Directions in Language Innovation from Anders...
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