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November, 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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    RegEx Is Your Friend

    The power of VSTE DBPro data generation, lays in the fact you can generate data that closely matches your domain values allowed in your environment. The problem is that knowledge of the allowed and disallowed domain values can not always be derived from...
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    How To Run as Normal User

    Can you use Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals running as a normal Windows user? Yes! You have to provision the Windows user with the appropriate rights and privileges on the local SQL Server instance that is used for design time validation...
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    CTP7 is Live!

    We are happy to announce that CTP7 is already here, no need to wait till next Monday, here it is! http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/1/9/319c5020-0fed-4dc1-b043-69567fda3941/TeamDataCTP7.exe CTP6 was only released 2 weeks ago, so what changed? We...
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