Michael Rys

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  • Blog Post: Update on SQL PASS 2007 Presentations

    I am giving 3 presentations at SQL PASS 2007 in Denver: Wednesday, September 19th, 9:45am to 11am, room 709: DBA-317-M The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Beyond Relational (co-presenting with Kevin Farlee) Main focus will be the new features in the areas of unstructured and semistructured data...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 June CTP has been annouced at TechEd 2007

    At today's TechEd 2007 in Orlando , we have annouced SQL Server 2008's, formerly known as Katmai, first community tech preview (CTP). Unlike SQL Server 2005, where we took over 5 years, SQL Server 2008 will be delivered in less than 3! See here for the official scoop and register here ! What does...
  • Blog Post: What do you want to see regarding XML support in the next version of SQL Server?

    Now that we have shipped SQL Server 2005 , I would really like to hear from you what you want us to do regarding XML support in SQL Server 2005. Feel free to either contact me directly or leave your wish in the comment section.
  • Blog Post: Watch out Europe - Here I come...

    Tomorrow I will be on my way to Europe for the SQL Server Launch Events in Zurich and Lausanne ( Switzerland ) and Athens (Greece) . In Switzerland I will be presenting a specially made presentation on "What's new in SQL Server 2005" that will be more technical than the general launch presentation that...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005, MySpace.com and Quiznos: What do they have in common?

    Now that we have shipped SQL Server 2005, I am happy to see that people are interested in using it. Today, I ask you the following riddle: What does SQL Server 2005, MySpace.com and Quiznos have in common? Well, here is the answer: Here is a link to Rick Penwell's blog on the MySpace next generation...
  • Blog Post: International SQL Server Survey: Win a portable music player!

    The Windows Server System team is doing a Learning and Help survey and need more SQL Server specific feedback. If you live outside of the United States or Canada, we want to know more about your experience with SQL Server! How did you initially learn to use SQL? What are your preferences for learning...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 Launches

    Today is the big launch. Steve B. is giving the launch keynote in San Francisco. I am currently sitting in a meeting room at a competitor's place where I am at for a W3C XQuery meeting watching the live webcast during our lunch break :-). I already provided a list of many (but not all) of the new and...
  • Blog Post: XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 2.0 are now in Candidate Recommendation

    Finally, after 6 years of hard work, the W3C has released the Candidate Recommendation specs for XQuery 1.0, XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0. Does this mean that the recommendations are done? No, not yet. But it means that we reached an important milestone. Now everyone is officially invited to implement the...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 Videos and Slides and demos are now online

    The PDC 2005 videos are now online (via http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2005/10/24/484434.aspx ). Oleg has distilled the XML and language specific presentations. And finally, from that list, here is the pointer to my presentation: DAT405: SQL Server 2005: Deep Dive on XML and XQuery Speaker...
  • Blog Post: The light at the end of the tunnel is bright sunshine!

    We have RTM'ed today! Today, we have released SQL Server 2005 and VisualStudio 2005 and the .Net Framework 2.0 to manufacturing. This means the code is baked, done, shipped,... :-). It will be downloadable from MSDN within the day and available through the other channels in a couple of days. Follow...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Jinghao Liu to the Blogosphere

    It is my pleasure to introduce you all to Jinghao's weblog . He is our test lead and so far seems to cover the SQL Server 2005 XML support in Chinese :-). Please go and take a look and say 你好 .
  • Blog Post: XML related changes to the September CTP

    While we are less than a month away from the official launch week of SQL Server 2005 , I am still providing you with the promissed change list for the XML area in SQL Server 2005's September CTP . And please accept my apology for the delay. Please continue here for the changes.
  • Blog Post: Changes to the default encoding handling of XML when passing XML from the client to the server.

    In SQL Server 2005 versions up to the June CTP, the XML parser on the server-side defaulted to UTF-16 for documents without a leading byte-order mark and without an explicit encoding in the XML declaration. Since this was incompatible with the XML standard that defaults to UTF-8, we had reports of bugs...
  • Blog Post: Why are you searching for "sp_xml_preparedocument Failed load msxmlsql"?

    Since we got "upgraded" from .Text to Community server, we are not getting good referrer log information anymore. However, since I added some additional traffic tracking I can see a bit better again, what people are looking for(still not as good as .Text. And one of the most surprising aspects (beyond...
  • Blog Post: Presentations at SQLPASS 2005 (Grapevine, Tx)

    As many others in the SQL Server community, I have travelled to Grapevine, Texas to attend and present at this year's SQLPASS 2005 (site seems down while I write this). Since some people were unable to attend or had to leave early, I am now giving an additional presentation on Friday: Friday, September...
  • Blog Post: The innards of our XQuery implementation

    Our VLDB 2005 paper on the innards of our XQuery implementation is now available online . Shankar gave the presentation in Trondheim. As the previous conference papers, this paper gives an in-depth look into how we implement our XML and XQuery support. A must-read for anyone that wants to understand...
  • Blog Post: The PDC F5 Network Interview is now online

    The friendly folks of the F5 Networks Dev Central team interviewed me at PDC 2005. The 5 minute interview is now online (please accept my apologies for the rambling, but I seem to be recovering from the attendee party :-)).
  • Blog Post: Something for my German speaking audience: Mein Interview mit Martin Szugat

    Waehrend TechEd 2005 in Amsterdam hatte ich das Vergnuegen, mich mit Martin Szugat zu unterhalten . Das Interview ist jetzt veroeffentlicht. Ausserdem hat die neueste Ausgabe des dotnet Magazins SQL Server 2005 inklusive XML Support zum Schwerpunkt ( http://www.aboutxml.de/xml-corner.zip [10MB ZIP Datei...
  • Blog Post: News from the PDC 2005: XQuery, LINQ and friends, SQL Server 2005 September CTP

    First, we have released the September SQL Server 2005 CTP for download . This is the last CTP before the final release. Yeah! I will write my customary change blog on what has changed in the XML area a bit later this week. This year's PDC again is quite exciting. First my presentation on XQuery...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 XQuery Deep Dive talk outline

    Here is the high-level outline of the talk I am planning on presenting . Note that there is lots of ground to cover and only limited time. Thus, I am not planning on giving an in-depth XQuery tutorial but rather show several XQuery statements to give a feel for the language and talk about how to use...
  • Blog Post: "An invalid character was found" errors when upgrading sp_xml_preparedocument from SQL Server 2000 SP3 to SP4 or SQL Server 2005

    Recently, I received several customer reports, that sp_xml_preparedocument started rasing the following errors after upgrading their XML-based application from SQL Server 2000 SP3a (or earlier) to either SP4 or SQL Server 2005: Msg 6602, Level 16, State 2, Procedure sp_xml_preparedocument, Line 1...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 and Ken North Videos

    I am back from vacation (no shark encounter :-)). I had a good time and have much more photos and dive reports to upload. While I was gone, Robert Scoble and Channel 9 published the video they took in my messy office before I went on vacation to give you your XML and SQL Server 2005 fix while I was...
  • Blog Post: Get your scuba gear for PDC 05 and get ready to dive into XQuery

    Get your scuba gear for PDC 05 and get ready to dive into XQuery, because I will be presenting a deep dive into XQuery in SQL Server at PDC . Here are some PDC links: PDC Main Page PDC Sessions Registration PDC Bloggers Channel 9 PDC page If you are interested in XQuery, XML-oriented...
  • Blog Post: Interviewed by Tim Anderson

    Tim interviewed me as part of the earlier mentioned wireside chats, and has now published the interview on his website ITWriting.com . We talk about data modeling when relational tables support XML datatypes, use cases for XML in the context of database systems, and the XQuery standard timing w.r.t....
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server XML weblogs are blooming and other "news"

    While I have been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks mainly due to presenting at two TechEd's, attending SIGMOD and still having to do my day jobs, we had quite an explosion of weblogs of the SQL Server XML and XQuery team members. Besides Shankar Pal and Mike Rorke , we now also have the following...
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