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December, 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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    RTM Download Available on MSDN (updated Jan 8th 2007)

    The Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals RTM bits are available for download! MSDN subscribers can find the bits by looking at their available subscription downloads. MSDN provides the full image download of the standalone SKU which is...
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    v1.0 RTM

    Yeah, it is for real! Today the product team has officially signed off on v1.0 of "Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals". Build x251 is released to manufacturing (RTM). It was Euan Garden who started talking about the need for a product...
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