Dan's Blog

I am Principal Program Manager at Microsoft leading the Business Platform Division's (BPD) community team. BPD includes SQL Server, SQL Azure, BizTalk, AppFabric, and other technologies and services.
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    SQL Server 2005 SP1 CTP

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    In case you haven't seen the announcements, the CTP of SQL Server 2005 SP1 is now available for download. This also includes updates to the community pack (ADMOMD.net, DTS Designer, SNAC, AS OLE DB Provider, etc.) and books online. SP1 CTP: http:/...
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    Bye-bye beta, bye-bye... That was all she wrote...

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    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,1938275,00.asp This is absolutely awesome. As someone who loves customer feedback, the CTP process rocks! It requires us to keep the quality of main extremely high. It provides a rapid feedback loop so...
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    SANS Top 20 is Sans SQL Server

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    Far be it from me to poke the sleeping bear, but when I hear good news about the product I work on I just have to share it. I think common folk call what I'm feeling "pride". I'm happy to go with that. So what's this good news I speak of? SQL Server didn...
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    SQL Server Express Could Earn you $100

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    Seems like it's a good time to start using SQL Server Express. Want a chance to show off a cool project you’ve created using Visual Studio or SQL Server Express? We’re looking for your stories! Tell us about something that makes your life easier or...
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    What Do American Idol and SQL Server Have in Common?

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    With the release of the CTP for SQL Server 2005 SP1 the content for SP1 is very much locked down. Since we never sit idle, we're starting to scope SP2 as well as the next major release. Since SP1 was done before a lot of you had the chance to install...
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    Sprint 3 Planning Complete

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    We continue to hum along with our Scrum process. Today we completed the planning for our next sprint. These planning meetings are absolutely an awesome display of team work. And I must admit I did two sprint planning meetings today. While we've been running...
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    Made in Express Contest

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    Do you use VS Express and SQL Server Express? Check out how you can win $10K... that's right $10,000 USD. Check out http://www.madeinexpresscontest.com/ for more details.
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    Sprint 2 Begins

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    Today we finished planning for our next sprint. Man, I can’t stress enough what an awesome experience it is. Being part of a team is good. Being part of a team that rocks is nothing short of exhilarating. Yesterday we split the day between a sprint review...
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    Disclosure of Security Threats/Vulnerabilities

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    I've been having an interesting open dialog with Steve Jones (SQL Server Central) on the issue of disclosing security vulnerabilities. You can read the thread here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=263&messageid=267111...
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    When [more] is More

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    This isn’t related to SQL Server, but it’s really cool – IMHO. Out on www.live.com they removed the “>>” that used to launch the link in a new browser window (which I really like) and replaced it with a [more] “link”. I was totally skeptical of...
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