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  • Blog Post: My “technology themes” for 2009

    I thought it would be useful to start 2009 by briefly summarising what you should expect to find on this blog over the coming months. Data : I will continue to spend time looking at what Microsoft and others are up to around working with data. You should expect to see plenty of posts on the ADO.NET Entity...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 for Developers - slides

    Just testing out SlideShare for making ppts more discoverable. This is the deck I did for the NxtGenUG Southampton. You can also get the links from http://blogs.msdn.com/ukdevevents . What do you think? A useful way for us to share decks as well as on MSDN? SQL Server 2008 Overview View SlideShare presentation...
  • Blog Post: And the winner is… LINQ to Entities and the ADO.NET Entity Framework

    In 2001 we first demonstrated Object Relational Mapping (ORM) technology for .NET – ObjectSpaces . However it has taken 6+ years to get to the point where we have released an ORM. Actually we released two. The release of Visual Studio 2008 in November 2007 gave us our first shipping ORM – LINQ to SQL...
  • Blog Post: Links for QBS Event Wed 17th Sept

    As promised, the links from my session today on the new data stuff on 3.5 and 3.5 SP1. Thanks for listening. General ADO.NET Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/adonet Mike in our team http://www.miketaulty.com ( search Entity or LINQ ) Data Platform Developer Centre http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/data...
  • Blog Post: A few rough edges in our shiny new Data stack

    We have a rather impressive set of new technologies for working with data – LINQ, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities, Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data etc. What I am finding is… they don’t all get on with each other as well as you might have thought. My current battle is using ADO.NET Data Services with...
  • Blog Post: Leeds Events in Nov and Dec – SQL Server Data Services, Entity Framework and more

    Just had confirmation that we have added two more MSDN half day events for November and December. Hope to see you there. Nov 19th http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032387211&Culture=en-GB   Dec 3rd http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032387846&Culture...
  • Blog Post: LINQ Overview concept map #2

    Just started the day with a swift play with my original concept map .
  • Blog Post: My first concept map – LINQ overview

    Well – my first using a tool inspired by Udi . Took…maybe 5 minutes. Very sweet. Clearly this could be exploded out into much more detail – but I have real work to do :-)
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sync Framework released

    Ok – I will be honest, I forgot it hadn’t actually released (It is tough keeping on top of the staggered releases we have at the moment!) This is a shameful cut and paste from http://blogs.msdn.com/sync/archive/2008/08/06/top-new-features-in-sync-services-for-ado-net-v2.aspx Microsoft Sync Framework...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 is finished – break out the bubbly

    SQL Server 2008 RTM’d yesterday (August 6th). It is already available on MSDN subscriber downloads http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx . Express edition doesn’t appear to be up there yet. Well done to the team.
  • Blog Post: The best feature in SQL Server 2008 – sqlps.exe?

    I am beginning to think it could be humble sqlps.exe. SQL Server 2008 includes powershell support – it is very, very nice. I have barely scraped the surface of sqlps but I know it is a feature that needs to be more widely talked about. You can launch from the GUI by right clicking on an object and sqlps...
  • Blog Post: PHP driver for SQL Server 2005 Released

    Whoops – I nearly missed this one. I previously mentioned our more friendly approach to PHP back in Nov 2007.The good news is we have made version 1.0 of the PHP driver available for download .  We have also posted the source code for our driver to Microsoft's CodePlex site. Interesting that we...
  • Blog Post: I am installing SQL Server 2008 – not that I planned to :-)

    I am looking at the list of things I planned to do today. It does not say “Install SQL Server 2008 RC0”. Yet here I am at 7pm still playing around with SQL Server. It went roughly like this. My notebook was only running SQL Server 2005 Express SP2 Microsoft mandated that I applied a security patch a...
  • Blog Post: Building a "brand new application" - WPF, ADO.NET Data Services, LINQ to Entities with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    At the end of June I run workshops with 2 ISVs both looking to completely re-develop their applications. One is entirely VB6, the other a combination of VB6 with C++. The beauty of "starting from scratch" with a one to two year development plan is you can take a hard look at the latest technologies...
  • Blog Post: Still confused by Data Mining? (I know I am)

    Which is why I thought I would point you at this great video resource. You may well get to use it before I do (I think I have my hands full learning to code again - but I have started to skim them). These sessions were presented to 20 Countries across the EMEA region and the presenter got some great...
  • Blog Post: UK ISV interested in a half day 1:1 technology review?

    Something we have been looking at recently is taking an approach we use frequently with our managed ISVs and make it more broadly available - with a twist. I am speaking of technology reviews - half day 1:1 technical sessions. During a technology review we try to build a detailed picture of how an ISV...
  • Blog Post: Are you a UK ISV with something great to say about Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008?

    At the moment there is a lot of activity in Microsoft UK to gather up all the great stories from our early adopters we have been working with - everything from videos to case studies to short sound bytes. Which made me realise that we must be missing out on lots of great stories from other UK ISVs we...
  • Blog Post: Benchmarking is just a lot easier these days...

    When I first joined Microsoft in 1996 I was lucky enough to work with Compaq to create a SQL Server scalability lab for ISVs. I learnt a lot about both SQL Server and how to run scalability exercises that year. I also learnt that in such exercises you spend a lot of time waiting for long jobs to finish...
  • Blog Post: Registration details for UK Launch of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 now available

    But places are going very fast! From our MSDN Flash (which amazingly some of you don't get! Signup now ) "We are registering IT Pros and Developers via separate URLs, so unless you want to end up in the wrong track, please use the appropriate registration link. Developers please register here ....
  • Blog Post: 10% off developer training until end of Jan

    Back in November I blogged about a training offer my US colleagues had struck with Total Training. Our good friends at InnerWorkings contacted me to share some more good news - 10% off their training courses until end of Jan. A couple of my colleagues have tried the InnerWorkings courses and spoke very...
  • Blog Post: Whiteboard drawing skills... I am slowly getting them back :-)

    Something odd happened in 2007. I seemed to spend most of the year talking or "projecting" - and very little time standing in front of a whiteboard working through issues and architectures with ISVs. As a result my whiteboard work was getting more and more scruffy. I am pleased to say 2008...
  • Blog Post: It is all about the data :-)

    Mark Quirk in our team is a top chap - he is also over at TechEd in Barcelona this week and has just sent back a great report. I don't think Mark blogs so I have taken the liberty of posting on a slightly edited version. Well worth a read. Thanks Mark. The event info can be found here: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 - my take on why it is interesting

    I was asked to summarize what is interesting in SQL Server 2008. With a little help from Keith I came up with the following. What am I missing? What new features in SQL Server 2008 are you excited about? I would love to know...
  • Blog Post: Technology Areas covered by my team this year

    These are exciting times - lots of new technologies which will be useful to UK ISVs. The following is a list of just how broad our remit is right now - and in case you were wondering. We are a team of.... 8 :-) Visual Studio 2008 – great new development environment which can build .NET Framework 2.0...
  • Blog Post: Back in a weeks time...Tuesday 28th August (oh - and Dundas and SQL Server 2008)

    I have my final weeks summer holiday starting in 4 hours (actually 3 hours and 45 minutes to be exact). In the meantime - have lots of fun, enjoy work and be kind. P.S. Before I go, I just wanted to make sure you spotted our announcement to incorporate the Dundas controls into SQL Server 2008 reporting...
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