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March, 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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    Release Candidate of GDR QFE

    Yesterday, March 25th, the development team released an RC of the upcoming QFE of the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR bits. I was surprised to read the new naming “ Visual Studio 2008 Database Edition GDR v2 RC1 ”. Anyhow what is in...
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    Dealing with Confused Installations

      Is your Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR installation confused? Does your menu suffer from multiple instance disorder? Here is what you can do about it. Make sure that Visual Studio (devenv.exe) is closed. Start an elevated command...
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    DBPROJ vs. DBP

    Can the “real” database project please identify itself? Life can be confusing and we did not help you making it much easier by having two types of Database Projects inside Visual Studio. For the longest time there has been a “Database Project” inside...
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    SQL Connections Slides and Demo Posted

    It was great to be able to meet many new users of the Database Edition product at the SQL Connection Spring 2009 conference this week. Thank you for attending the sessions. There were lots of great questions, critical feedback and input for new features...
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    FIX: Blank Unit Test Designer Problem

    If you are running in to the following problem when creating unit tests when using database projects, there now is a fix! Consider the following scenario, you have you database project (.dbproj) open and requesting the creation of a Database Unit Test...
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    Up to SQL Connections Spring 2009 (Orlando, FL)

    Next week I will be presenting at SQL Connections in Orlando where I will be covering some fun topics on DataDude and general SQL Server. Here is the list. SQL Connections Spring 2009 (Orlando, FL) SDB413: Automating Database Deployment Do you have a...
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