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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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    Radio TFS covering the VSTSDB 2008 GDR

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    The hosts of Radio TFS, Martin Woodward , Mickey Gousset and Paul Hacker interviewed me on the what is new and changed in the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR CTP16 release. Since there are so many new things in the GDR we ran out of...
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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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    Which 3rd party databases to support?

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    As you might know the team is working very hard on the next release of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals, which is be part of upcoming the Visual Studio Team System " Rosario " release. One of the things we are doing in the Rosario...
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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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    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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    MSDN Webcasts

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    Tuesday August 8th Sachin and I recorded a MSDN webcast about database unit testing and refactoring, we wanted to show-off CTP5 but we were not able to get it all setup in time for the webcast, so this covers CTP4. Bummer because Sachin really wanted...
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    CTP of SR1 to Expire on August 1st 2007

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    The public CTP of the VSDBPro Service Release ( http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB%3bEN-US%3b936202 ), which was release on May 7th 2007, will expire Wednesday August 1st 2007. The final release was made available this month, on July 26...
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    Oracle DSP Announced

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    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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    Some recent VSDB Articles

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    Jeff Levinson recently wrote a great article in Visual Studio Magazine covering the upcoming GDR release: Introducing the VSTS Database Edition GDR and Jeffrey Juday just published an article on Developer.com about Database Unit Testing: Introducing Visual...
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    MyDevConnections Volume 2 issue 1

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    The DevConnections conference organization (Tech Conferences Inc.), just released the latest issue of the magazine accompanying the conferences, named: MyDevConnections . In this edition (volume 2, issue 1) you will find an article that I wrote about...
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    Up to SQL Connections Spring 2009 (Orlando, FL)

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    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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    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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    Two more languages released

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    Yesterday we released two more languages of the Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition GDR release, Simplified Chinese and French in addition to the six languages we released on December 19th 2008. Chinese (Simplified) (zh-CN) http://download...
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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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    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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    DotNetRocks on DataDude recorded live at TechEd

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    Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of http://www.dotnetrocks.com interviewed Cameron and myself discussing the DataDude project.
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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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    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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    What Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You

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    I just wanted to direct you attention to a great article named " What Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You " from Tony Loton on MSDN about our product It is based on CTP4, but all information is still valid...
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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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    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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    VSDB @ PDC2008

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    If you happen to go to PDC this year, you might want to check out session TL45, " Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Database Edition: Overview ". The title might not sounds that interesting but this session will be 100% dedicated to the Visual...
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    Let’s pick up blogging again…

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    Sorry it has been really quiet on this blog for a while now, new job and new projects get in the way. However when going through the MSDN forum for Visual Studio Database Projects it seems there is a need for more hands-on examples and understanding about...
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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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    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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