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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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    TechEd 2007

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    In case you are wondering, we will be there! Not only are we presenting sessions, we are in the hand-on labs area and doing chalk talks and we are at the booth ready to answer your questions. At the booth we are also showing Service Release 1 and the...
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    Public CTP of VSDBPro Service Release 1 is NOW available (KB936202)

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    Or should I say is finally available. Anyhow here it is; the public first and last public CTP of the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals first Service Release. What is in it? 3+4 part name resolution through a new feature called "database...
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    2-Day DataDude Workshop

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    On June 11 and 12, I will be giving a 2-day Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals workshop in the Netherlands. The events will be hosted by Class-A , see Anko Duizer his blog post announcing the event. The agenda for the 2-day workshop...
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    DataDude Wins the Jolt 2007 Award

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    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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    Announcing Service Release 1

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    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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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1

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    As you probably know by now " Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Suite Service Pack 1 " is available for a while now. The question: In which order if any should you install Visual Studio 2005 SP1 in combination with Visual Studio Team Edition for Database...
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    MSDN Magazine Feb 2007

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    The February 2007 edition of MSDN Magazine, contains a great article, named " Data Joins The Team " written by Brian A. Randell on VSDBPro, check it out! -GertD
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    SQL Server 2005 SP2

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    Service pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 is ready! For the users of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professional there are some important fixes in this service pack. The good news is that all fixes are related to the BatchParser which is a shared component...
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    To Synchronize or To Refresh?

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    Are you confused too? Are you wondering what the difference is between the "Refresh" button in "Solution Explorer" and the "Synchronize" button in "Schema View"? Both buttons share the same icon; but they are named differently; are both option doing the...
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    Idempotent Scripts Required

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    Idempotent, as a former transaction guy I love this word and believe you are not alone if you are not clear on the meaning or impact of this word. Wikipedia is there to help. Idempotent: In computing , idempotence ( IPA /ˈaɪdɛmˌpotn̩s/, like eye-DEM-potence...
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    Pre and Post Deployment Events

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    The UI provides support for pre and post build events (see the "Build Events" project property page), however some of you have been asking if it is possible to have steps invoked before or after the deployment step. This will show you how to do this....
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    White Papers

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    Today we published the a new white paper titled: " A Security Overview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals " written by Richard Waymire . In case you missed the first one from Tony Loton " What Microsoft Visual Studio...
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    Error and Warning Groups

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    One of the things we did at the end of the product cycle, when we decided that we need to allow you to filter out warnings, is to clean up all error and warning messages and concisely group them in to specific buckets. Understanding these buckets will...
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    Version Numbers

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    Today more then one person asked me about the version numbers of the publicly distributed versions of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals; so here we go, this is the complete version list. 2.0.50727.354 Service Release 1 2.0.50727.251...
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    MSDN Magazine Coverage

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    You might want to check out Brian Randell his article in MSDN Magazine this month, titled "Data Joins The Team - Introducing Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals". It will provide you with a great overview of our tool and some of...
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    Variables to the rescue

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    Do you have a need to make parts of your build conditional or environment dependent? Variables are here to help you. The variable support inside Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals is based on SQLCMD variables , see SQL Server Books...
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    Add-on to Team Suite

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    Based on your feedback and continuous confusion about what to download or install we created an additional installer for those who currently have Visual Studio 2005 Team System installed. There now is a separate add-on installer specifically for adding...
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    Need Samples?

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    We have now got a Codeplex project to serve you! Check out http://www.codeplex.com/vsdbpro , the first set of samples has been checked in. Test conditions: ResultSet Count: a test condition which verifies that the number of resultsets returned equals...
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    RTM Download Available on MSDN (updated Jan 8th 2007)

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    The Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals RTM bits are available for download! MSDN subscribers can find the bits by looking at their available subscription downloads. MSDN provides the full image download of the standalone SKU which is...
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    v1.0 RTM

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    Yeah, it is for real! Today the product team has officially signed off on v1.0 of "Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals". Build x251 is released to manufacturing (RTM). It was Euan Garden who started talking about the need for a product...
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    How To Run as Normal User

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    Can you use Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals running as a normal Windows user? Yes! You have to provision the Windows user with the appropriate rights and privileges on the local SQL Server instance that is used for design time validation...
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    RegEx Is Your Friend

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    The power of VSTE DBPro data generation, lays in the fact you can generate data that closely matches your domain values allowed in your environment. The problem is that knowledge of the allowed and disallowed domain values can not always be derived from...
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    CTP7 is Live!

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    We are happy to announce that CTP7 is already here, no need to wait till next Monday, here it is! http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/1/9/319c5020-0fed-4dc1-b043-69567fda3941/TeamDataCTP7.exe CTP6 was only released 2 weeks ago, so what changed? We...
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    Tell us what you think by filling in the CTP6 survey

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    Seriously, we want to know what you think about CTP6. Take it for a spin and fill in the CTP6 survey . Thanks in advance for your time and cooperation, -GertD "DataDude" Development Manager
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    Datadude on the road

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    The SQL Server conference and event season is starting, so the "DataDude" is gonna hit the road; presentations, demonstrations and talk to many many users and customers. I will be presenting at the following events: SQLSkills Immersion Event in New York...
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