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  • Blog Post: Eugenio's experience migrating an app to SDS

    Quick heads up. Eugenio has a blog posting on his experience migrating an app to SDS. The part about the posting that I like the most is his developing locally on SQL Express and just changing his connection string. Check it out here . -Dave
  • Blog Post: Getting ready to re-surface

    Hey All, Its been 3 or 4 months since I blogged and I am getting super excited to start showing the community the forthcoming enhancements to SDS. Mix is only a handful of days away and that will be the first public, non super-duper NDA, demo of the new SDS features. I figured it would be good to...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 - Who's the idiot with the video camera?

    Ok...So today is PDC2008 Pre-Con day. Just a quick heads up... You will see some guys walking in and around the LA Convention Center with nice decked out video equiptment. Those are the Channel 9 guys. You might also see some idiot walking around with a backpack and an average run of the mill HandyCam...
  • Blog Post: 2 Days to PDC2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tommorow afternoon, I get on a plane and head down to LA for PDC2008. I have to be completely honest. We have some really super, pimped out, mack daddy, completely awesome stuff coming. Both in the teams presentations and in new features for Sprint 5. I just sent out the new features list to some internal...
  • Blog Post: Venga a Barcelona y óigame que hablo en TechEd EMEA

    Hola!!! Just a quick note. Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. We have all been heads down preparing for PDC. I wanted to give a heads up to all the SSDS users on the other side of the pond. Myself and Istvan Cseri will be presenting at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona. For more information click here...
  • Blog Post: Who’s coming to PDC?

    So… I have gotten pinged by a bunch of people asking if we were planning any evening events for SSDS users. So, If there is sufficient interest in such an outing, please let me know by shooting me an email at david.robinson@microsoft.com I am getting super excited about PDC. It is going to be so cool...
  • Blog Post: SSDS and SSIS…like peanut butter and jelly

    Hey All, One of the great things about SSDS is that we belong to a rich family of products. One of those products is SQL Server Integration Services – everybody’s favorite ETL tool. Well, thanks to some hard work by Matt Masson and his team, we now have an SSDS Adaptor for SSIS. You can now use...
  • Blog Post: SSDS Tech-Ed Online Video Posted

    Hey all During Tech-Ed North America 2008, Soumitra, Niraj and I did an interview for Tech-Ed online. Lots of good info. The video can be found here http://www.microsoft.com/techedonline/ -Dave
  • Blog Post: What kind of examples would be helpful?

    Here is a question. Myself and other members of the SSDS team are always asking the “What do you want to see” question. I am going to ask a similar question… What kind of examples would be helpful? Would you rather see code snippets or a fully working application? Would you rather see...
  • Blog Post: Back from vacation...well, almost

    Hey Everyone, Just a quick post. I have been on vacation for the past 10 days in New York visiting family and relaxing with my wife and kids. I am getting ready to head to the airport to fly home and I just started digging out of email. Luckily for me I have a 6 hour flight back to Seattle. We are...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice - Take Advantage of Concurrency

    In the first best practice , we looked at how we can gain maximum performance out of SSDS by partitioning our data across multiple containers. In this post, we are going to look at how we can take advantage of the many SSDS front end servers to maximize our applications performance. SSDS is an Internet...
  • Blog Post: SSDS MSDN Article Published

    Just a quick July 4th post. My MSDN article is up. You can read it for yourself here . Happy July 4th to those fellow U.S. citizens out there. -Dave Technorati Tags: SSDS , MSDN , SQL Server Data Services
  • Blog Post: Still waiting for your golden ticket?

    No I am not talking about the chocolate bar movie, I am talking about your invite to the SSDS Private Beta. All the cool kids are in it, and we are ratcheting up the speed at which we add people. We are adding hundreds and hundreds each day. If you want to start testing the most powerful, cloud based...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice - Data Partitioning

    As you all should know by now, SSDS uses what we call the ACE model, compared to a traditional relational model. ACE standing for Authority, Container, and Entity. Keep in mind that you could directly map your relational tables directly to SSDS Entities, we will cover that in another posting. This is...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008

    I have been back for a few days from 2 weeks in beautiful and extremely hot Orlando, FL at TechEd 2008. Everything was amazing. I gave a SSDS Best Practices talk which was well received and we also filmed a TechEd Online video which gives you a very candid look into what SSDS is and isn't and the business...
  • Blog Post: Peace & Quiet?

    Roger Jennings wrote an interesting post to his blog here . He questions the fact that the SSDS forums have been quiet... He does have a valid point. Not having a view into the day to day customer interactions the team has could lead people to believe that things are quiet, but that is certainly not...
  • Blog Post: SSDS Tech-Ed 2008 North America Sessions

    Hi everyone, I am off to Tech-Ed 2008 in Orlando, FL. I have the pleasure of presenting at both the Dev week and the IT week. Below is a list of all the SSDS sessions at Tech-Ed. Please stop by my sessions and say hi :) -Dave Session Title Track Level Type Speaker ...
  • Blog Post: SSDS MSDN DevCenter is live

    Hi everyone, Just a heads up. Our new DevCenter on MSDN is up. You can check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/dataservices/default.aspx All the things you usually expect from a DevCenter are there, plus we will be adding some downloads in the future. If I was you, I would bookmark...
  • Blog Post: SSDS Documentation is live on MSDN

    Hi All, Sorry for the lack of blogging as of late. We have been hard at work making SSDS the ultimate data utility service :) As many of you have requested, the SSDS documentation is live on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512417.aspx With TechEd just around the corner, I have been...
  • Blog Post: Red Bull Video is Up

    As I mentioned in a previous post, While we were at Red Bull, the folks from TechZulu.com started interviewing me while I was writing the drink database. The video is up and can be seen here -Dave Technorati Tags: SSDS , The Code Trip , Red Bull
  • Blog Post: SSDS, The Code Trip & Red Bull

    I just posted an entry on The Code Trip site about an app I was challenged to write before I was to present during our stop last week at Red Bull’s HQ. Check it out here Yes, before you ask, it IS that easy to provision an Authority and start coding against SSDS… -Dave Technorati Tags: SSDS...
  • Blog Post: SSDS for game developers

    I was at Cal State Fullerton as part of The Code Trip yesterday giving a talk to game developers. It was XNA Day there and in preparing for my presentation I was thinking about some of the challenges that game developers face. I am not talking about collision detection or bounding boxes..I am talking...
  • Blog Post: What do you want to see?

    Jeff Currier has a post asking for any coding/design questions related to SSDS…I want to pose a similar question… What features do you want to see? What is your scenario? Any examples we can whip up? Do you prefer coding examples like my previous post or would you rather see screen/webcasts...
  • Blog Post: Using Excel with SSDS

    Each year at the middle to end of November my wife starts talking about holiday cards. Its the same thing each year. Need to go get the girls dresses (BTW I have 4 young daughters). Need to make an appointment with the photographer...And then comes my favorite question."Hey can you update the Holiday...
  • Blog Post: Interesting SSDS Blog Post

    Max Zilberman an .Net Architect out of Philadelphia posted an interesting blog entry on SSDS. He makes some really good points about the what-ifs that software architects and business decision makers need to keep in mind during the course of their projects… Take a look for yourself…  ...
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