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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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    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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    Is DesignDB In Use?

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    When Visual Studio Team System Database Edition opens a design-time validation database, it acquires an exclusive application lock on the DesignDB database using the following code. 1: EXEC @rc = sp_getapplock N 'TSDATA' , N 'Exclusive' , N 'Session'...
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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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    Apply Test-Driven Development to your Database Projects

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    This months issue of MSDN Magazine features a great article about how to use and extend Database Unit Testing written by Jamie Laflen who is the developer and tech lead in my team responsible for Database Unit Testing, Data Generation, SQL Code Coverage...
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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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    Tech·Ed 2008 Developers

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    In case you are coming to the Developer edition of Tech·Ed next week, we have a lot of exiting things for you. As you can see below there are many sessions, hosted in both the developer and database tracks. Breakout sessions, chalk talks, panel discussions...
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    Channel 9 VSDB 2008 GDR Interview

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    We just released a new Channel 9 interview that covers the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR functionality that we introduced today. http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/briankel/New-GDR-Announced-for-Visual-Studio-Team-System-2008-Database...
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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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    Changing Database Ownership

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    In today's version it is not possible to model the ownership of the database you are deploying towards. The ownership is determined based on the person who creates the initial database, SQL Server inherits the information from the security context of...
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    SQL Pass Summit 2007

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    If you are planning on visiting 2007 PASS Community Summit in Denver this coming September, we have two sessions that might interest you. We start off with a full day pre-conference day dedicated to VSDBPro, followed by a break-out session on schema versioning...
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    Channel 9 video Covering Power Tools & Service Release 1 Functionality

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    Before I left for vacation, I did a quick video recording for Channel 9 together with Brian Keller showing off the new functionality in the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals Power Tools and Service Release 1. You can find the video...
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    SQL Connections 2007

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    Like every DevConnections conference for the last 6 years, I will be there presenting on a combination of SQL Server and Visual Studio for Database Professionals topics. On November 5th I will be hosting a full day workshop on DataDude (aka Visual Studio...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quiet Isn’t It?

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    Yes, it has been crazy since our announcement on May 31st. But the cool things is, today we signed off on CTP3, so it is on its way to you and will be available for download very soon, or if you are at TechEd, stop by and pickup your own CD. -GertD
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    My first Podcast...

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    So I did it, my first Podcast! I am actually too scared to listen to myself, but if you want to learn more about the product or who I am (preferably in that order); please check out Greg Low his SQL Server dedicated Podcasts and website at http://www...
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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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    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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    CTP4 is there

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    From Mexico, yes I am on vacation, I wanted to let you know that CTP4 is ready for you trlo download and take it for a spin. http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/1/681f2f35-365c-4b47-a1ac-044f9801efb0/TeamDataCTP4.exe The main new thing is...
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    Tell us what you think

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    Did you know you can tell us what you think about the product, the approach, problems, product improvements and wishes via the MSDN forums? We have a MSDN forum specifically for the DataDude SKU (Visual Studio Team System - Database Professionals)...
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