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Hello,

 

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,

-GertD

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    So close...

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    Today we made what is hopefully the last change for CTP5; one last code change (7 lines in 2 files), one setup fix and the build is running as I write this blog. If everything goes well, build 50727.145 will be CTP5 of "Visual Studio Team Edition for...
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    DBProj.com

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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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    Test-Driving Stored Procedures in SQL Server in VS2008

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    Cory Foy has written a great blog post about using Database Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2008 (a.k.a. Orcas), but don't be fooled you can do all of this today in Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals v1.0. Please check out his blog post...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Team Suite Beta 2

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    Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 is now available! The Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Team Suite now includes Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. The 2008 version is based on the Service Release 1 bits of VSDBPro. The only two additional...
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    VSDB 2005 Service Release 1 Roll-up Package 1 (KB941278)

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    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Database Professional post Service Release 1 (SR1) roll-up package 1, is now available. For a list of issues that are fixed, please see knowledge base article KB941278 . You can download the roll-up from the Microsoft Connect...
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    DataDude Goes Multi-Platform

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    Yesterday, during Bill Gates his Tech Ed keynote , Brian Harry had the honor to show the first glimpse of the results of our partnership with IBM, DB2 support inside Visual Studio Team System Database Edition. As you might know or have read in one of...
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    FIX: Blank Unit Test Designer Problem

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    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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    CTP5 Is Live!

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    Two days ahead of schedule, we were expecting it to be available on Monday, we are happy to announce that CTP5 is ready for consumption. http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/6/8/b6888e6b-8305-4616-a2d1-a11953404b09/TeamDataCTP5.exe We are almost done...
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    The Data Dude Meets Team Build

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    At DevConnections and TechEd Europe every attendee has been receiving a special issue of CoDe Magazine , featuring " Data Programmability ". In this issue you will find an article on how to get started with Team Build and VSDBPro, please check out http...
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    New VSDB Blog

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    Patrick Sirr , one of the key developers in our team started his own blog. If you want to learn about automating the project system using DTE, please check it out. His first three articles are covering: Importing multiple scripts using DTE Schema Compare...
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    Data Generator for SQL Server Sparse Columns

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    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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    NESQL Presentation – Declarative Database Development

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    Last week, September 10, I was invited by the New England SQL Server User Group to present about my favorite topic “ Declarative Database Development ”. I posted the slides of the presentation at DBProj.com . GertD @ www.DBProj.com
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    Must Read MSDN Magazine Article

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    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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    VSDBPro Tech*Ed 2007 Sessions Available Online

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    The VSDBPro sessions that we presented at Tech*Ed 2007 this June are now available online. You can watch the recorded sessions online (slides and demos with audio feed) or download the WMV and/or PPT files for offline consumption. DAT317: Database Schema...
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    Cleaning up DesignDB Leftovers

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    In the " DesignDB Location " blog post I described where the design-time validation database are created. The attentive reader would have wondered when design-time validation database file get cleaned up, since we create them at project creation time...
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    VSTSDB GDR CTP15 and VS2008 SP1 AND SQL Server 2008 RTM

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    I received enough questions asking if the VSTDB 2008 GDR CTP15 release is supported and working in combination with the released versions Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and SQL Server 2008? And if so what the correct order of installation is? GDR CTP15 is working...
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    GDR VPC's

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    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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    CTP3 Download

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    A quick update from TechEd. One day later then supposed to; you can now download the DataDude CTP3 bits http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/a/3/1a32ea84-11a3-4adf-953e-7a65b9831f5a/VSDATAD1.img You can install these bits on top of Visual Studio...
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    MSDB Reference Projects

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    The reference projects needed to resolve objects that reside inside an MSDB database have been posted on the MSDN Code Gallery site. You can find them on: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/dbpromsdbsamples We did not post .dbmeta files but stub projects...
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    SQL Connections Slides and Demo Posted

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    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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    Final Language Release of the GDR

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    Today we released the last language, Russian, of the planned localized versions of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. This brings the total count to 10 (including English). You can download the Russian edition of the GDR from the following...
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    GDR Language Releases

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    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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    VSTSDB Blog Site

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    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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    Lorem ipsum

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    This morning I received email from the owner of the DbProGenerators project on CodePlex announcing the availability of the LoremTextGenerator, which is a data generator that creates Lorem ipsum texts. Please check out the CodePlex project site at http...
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    PDC Session Now Online

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    The PDC session "TL45 Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Database Edition: Overview", which I presented last Monday is now available for online viewing on Channel9. The video is stream can be found on: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL45...
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