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December, 2008

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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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    Troubleshooting SETUP

    This post dives in to how to troubleshoot problems when installing the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR .   Prerequisites Before installing the GDR, please check the prerequisites! Visual Studio Version & Edition: First check...
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    Handling of COMMENTS in the GDR

    In the GDR you will mainly find large improvements, but it is not everything is better. One area where we regressed functionality is the deployment of comments inside T-SQL procedures, triggers,  functions etc. With the move to a true and only model...
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    GDR VPC's

    We just released a new set off VPC's for Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite (including TFS) which now have the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR bits installed. These VPC's provide an easy way to test out the GDR release. There is a Virtual...
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    GDR Language Releases

    Today, we released 6 additional languages of the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR! Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/9/D/19D1CB8C-82A8-4736-AFF4-51F2E343A312/Readme.mht http://download.microsoft...
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