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February, 2007

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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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    To Synchronize or To Refresh?

    Are you confused too? Are you wondering what the difference is between the "Refresh" button in "Solution Explorer" and the "Synchronize" button in "Schema View"? Both buttons share the same icon; but they are named differently; are both option doing the...
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    SQL Server 2005 SP2

    Service pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 is ready! For the users of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professional there are some important fixes in this service pack. The good news is that all fixes are related to the BatchParser which is a shared component...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1

    As you probably know by now " Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Suite Service Pack 1 " is available for a while now. The question: In which order if any should you install Visual Studio 2005 SP1 in combination with Visual Studio Team Edition for Database...
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    MSDN Magazine Feb 2007

    The February 2007 edition of MSDN Magazine, contains a great article, named " Data Joins The Team " written by Brian A. Randell on VSDBPro, check it out! -GertD
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