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June, 2006

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About the Data Dude



My name is Gert Drapers, I am a Software Architect in the Windows Server Directory Services team, working on incubation projects. Before my current role I was the Lead Software Architect and Engineering Manager of the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition product, where I designed and developed the declarative database development tooling which is now shipping inside Visual Studio. Since 1991, I contributed to many parts and releases of Microsoft SQL Server and on the Transaction Management infrastructure (MS-DTC, WS-AtomicTransaction and System.Transactions).


When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife and three lovely daughters; I love to cook and make music. Besides that I am trying to serve the SQL Server community by writing tools and articles which are published on http://SQLDev.Net


I hope you enjoy the blog,


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    CTP3 Download

    A quick update from TechEd. One day later then supposed to; you can now download the DataDude CTP3 bits http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/a/3/1a32ea84-11a3-4adf-953e-7a65b9831f5a/VSDATAD1.img You can install these bits on top of Visual Studio...
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    Quiet Isn’t It?

    Yes, it has been crazy since our announcement on May 31st. But the cool things is, today we signed off on CTP3, so it is on its way to you and will be available for download very soon, or if you are at TechEd, stop by and pickup your own CD. -GertD
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    My first Podcast...

    So I did it, my first Podcast! I am actually too scared to listen to myself, but if you want to learn more about the product or who I am (preferably in that order); please check out Greg Low his SQL Server dedicated Podcasts and website at http://www...
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    DotNetRocks on DataDude recorded live at TechEd

    Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of http://www.dotnetrocks.com interviewed Cameron and myself discussing the DataDude project.
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