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March, 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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    Announcing Service Release 1

    Customer Driven I am happy to announce that first Service Release of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals is in the works and will be available in the second quarter of CY 2007 . In this service release we are addressing issues that...
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    DataDude Wins the Jolt 2007 Award

    Yesterday, on March 21, it was announced at SD West in Santa Clara (CA) that "Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals" has won the Jolt 2007 Award in the "Database Engines and Data Tools" category. As a team we are very proud and truly appreciate...
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