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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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  • Blog Post: Project “Houston” Grows up to become Database manager for SQL Azure

    I’ve blogged before on Project “Houston” ( here and here ). at PDC this past week we announced that as part of the Developer Portal refresh Project “Houston” will be known as “Database manager for SQL Azure”. Database manager is a Silverlight client (running in the browser) for schema design and editing...
  • Blog Post: Moving Databases Between SQL Azure Servers

    This week I had to move a couple of databases between two SQL Azure accounts. I needed to decommission one account and thus get the important stuff out before nuking it. My goal was straight forward: move two databases from one SQL Azure server (and account) to another SQL Azure server (and account)...
  • Blog Post: Houston we don’t have a problem

    Phil Factor recently wrote an editorial about Project Houston . I agree with his meta point that database design tools have not evolved as quickly as we’d like but I disagree with his characterization that Project Houston is a failure because it doesn’t fulfill the needs of the professional DBA. This...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Project “Houston” & SQL Azure

    In this video from TechEd 2010, Group Program Manager Patric McElroy demos some new and future SQL Azure capabilities. It’s worth watching the entire 80 minute video but if you only have 6 or 7 minutes then the piece you won’t want to miss is Project “Houston”. It starts at ~51:00. Project “Houston”...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Now Supports Data-tier Applications

    As announced today on the SQL Azure blog , SQL Azure now supports Data-tier Applications which are introduced with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Here’s a quick tour of the feature.   Here’s what I did: Launch Visual Studio 2010 and create a new Data-tier Application project Import my...
  • Blog Post: What kind of DBA are you?

    Buck Woody likes to joke there are two types of people in the world: those who believe there are two types of people and those who don’t. Rim shot please. All joking aside there are two types of DBAs: those who are myopic and those who are leaders. This is greatly simplifying things but it’s important...
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