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February, 2009

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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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    Some of you already know or noticed through sites like LinkedIn or Facebook that per the beginning of this month I started in a new role inside Microsoft. I moved in to an Software Architect role, working on the new Directory Services stack. Hence I needed...
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    Must Read MSDN Magazine Article

    Jamie Laflen and Barclay Hill wrote a great, must read article for MSDN Magazine, detailing the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR functionality. Besides that it has a great intro describing the base principles of offline database schema...
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    Data Generator for SQL Server Sparse Columns

    Genevieve, tester on the “DataDude” team, has created a new Data Generator which allows you to populate a random set of sparse columns through the use of an XML column set column. She posted it on the VS Code Gallery, http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/columnsetgenerator...
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    VSTSDB Blog Site

    The Visual Studio Team System Database Edition team has created a new blog site to keep you informed and update about the latest developments. Please check out: http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsdb Thanks, -GertD
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    Oracle DSP Announced

    Today Quest Software announced that they will offer a Database Schema Provider (DSP) for Oracle that plugs in to the Visual Studio Team System 2010 release. You can read the announcement at the Quest Software website: http://www.quest.com/newsroom/news...
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