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  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #20 - SQL Reporting Services

    One of the many values of the cloud is the ability to leverage services that on-premises would require non-trivial hardware and software configurations and to be able to tap into those services in a just-in-time and pay-as-you-go manner. SQL Reporting Service is just such a capability, offering a feature...
  • Blog Post: SQL Saturday Rochester - May 11th

    It's time for the 2nd Annual SQL Saturday in Rochester , to be held at the Golisano Auditorium on the campus of RIT this coming Saturday, May 11th . Organized by the Rochester PASS group in partnership with the Professional Organization or SQL Server (PASS) , this is the largest free (well, except for...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and Cloud at NESQL Group–January 17th

    The New England SQL Server User Group , which meets monthly at the Microsoft Office at 1 Cambridge Center in Cambridge MA, will be starting off their 2013 slate of meetings with a special guest and a topic of particular relevance in the Boston area. Mark Souza , a General Manager in the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Saturday Providence – September 15

    The historic first-ever SQL Saturday in Rhode Island will be held this coming Saturday in East Warwick at the campus of the New England Institute of Technology . Looking at the schedule there’s a number of local and not-so-local MVPs, Microsoft technologists, and SQL luminaries covering topics from beginner...
  • Blog Post: SQL Saturday Double Header

    One of the premier free, code-camp style events is SQL Saturday . Operating under the aegis of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) , SQL Saturdays are organized by the local community with a focus on area speakers providing a variety of technical sessions on topics like SQL Server, business...
  • Blog Post: Data Camp v2.0 – Call for Sessions Ends 12/31

    Below is a reminder from Adam Machanic, organizer of New England Data Camp v2.0 (AKA SQL Saturday #34) – fast approaching on January 30th.  I’d like to second his encouragement for first time speakers…if you don’t have a New Year’s resolution set up yet – how about making one speaking at a Code...
  • Blog Post: Data Camp v2.0

    Shake off the winter chill, and join your fellow data geeks for the second edition of Data Camp (aka SQL Saturday #34) , being organized by Adam Machanic of the New England SQL Server User Group and Grant Fritchey of the Southern New England SQL Server User Group . New England Data Camp is a free training...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 Released

    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is ready for download! There’s no significant new product features, consistent with the SQL Server teams commitment to focus on essential updates.  As such, SP1 provides a roll-up of Cumulative Updates 1 through 3 and some additional fixes.  It does, however,...
  • Blog Post: Roadshow Recap (Including Some Answers!)

    On Monday, Chris , Bob , and I wrapped up the latest edition of the Northeast Roadshow in Waltham.  Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve crisscrossed the region a couple of times (ok, not exactly like the map below, but you get the idea).  In total, we visited five cities and had a chance to...
  • Blog Post: 'tis the Season...

    ... for Code Camps and other events that is. Over the next three months there are several community-run events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire spanning developers and IT professionals. Registration is open for all of these now; check out the specifics below and follow the links to sign up. Data Camp...
  • Blog Post: New England Data Camp v1.0 In Waltham - Jan 24th

    The New England SQL Server User Group and the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group have joined forces to host a free, full-day Code Camp-style event at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 24. What's a code camp, you ask? Check out the Code Camp Manifesto...
  • Blog Post: D.C.: Got a (Silver)light?

    Apologies to my friends in the Washington D.C. area for the delay. As promised I've recorded the Silverlight 2 session from this quarter's MSDN events . This is my inaugural effort at doing a screencast at Microsoft, and I just found out that I don't have all the accounts setup internally to post this...
  • Blog Post: Last Call! SQL Server, VSTO, Silverlight 2

    This coming Thursday, November 13th, marks the last stop of this quarter's MSDN tour in the Northeast District. I'll be at the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, from 1 to 5 presenting on three topics: SQL Server 2008 for Developers Building Applications with Visual Studio Tools for Office Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Some Upcoming Events

    I'll be out and about in New England during the first two weeks of November, so just wanted to let you all know of a few events Nov 4th, 5 - 8 p.m. Rhode Island .NET User Group Roger Williams University Bristol, Rhode Island Topic: ASP.NET Dynamic Data Nov 5th, 1 - 5 p.m. MSDN Event ( click to register...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 - Hold Your Horses...

    Keep in mind, I'm just the messenger here... Apparently, you cannot install SQL Server 2008 if you have Visual Studio 2008 RTM installed; SQL Server 2008 requires Visual Studio SP1, which isn't quite available yet! There is a KB article on the subject, and the release notes for SQL Server 2008 have been...
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