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: 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: 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: 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: 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: New XQuery and XSLT Working Drafts: We are making progress!

    The XML Query and XSL Working Groups have released the following Working Drafts of XML Query 1.0, XSL 2.0, XPath 2.0 and supporting documents. The goal of this release is to permit public review of changes made in response to Last Call comments. These documents are very close to the so called Candiate...
  • 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: 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: XQuery1.0/XPath 2.0 needs your help!

    As I mentioned earlier , XQuery 1.0/XPath 2.0 has still one last call issue that that can benefit from user input. Basically, the question is, whether the so called value comparisons (that use the Fortran style syntax eq , lt , ge etc) should behave the same when encountering untyped values as the general...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Now is the time to provide feedback on XSLT/XPath/XQuery in .Net!

    After long arguments and petitions , Nithya is collecting feedback on what the XML Team should focus on for the next .Net Framework version with respect to XSLT and XPath (and XQuery) support. Hop over and provide feedback!
  • Blog Post: June CTP of SQL Server 2005 has been released: What's noteworthy in the XML area

    As Paul Flessner publicly announced at his TechEd 2005 keynote , the world-wide RTM launch date has been set to the week of Nov 7th 2005 and the June community tech preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2005 has been released. Again, we have added improvements in stability, performance and scalability. And like...
  • Blog Post: More speaking events: TechEd Europe and SQLPASS 2005

    Here is an update on two more events where I will be speaking and where I hope to meet some of you: TechEd 2005 Europe, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 5-8, 2005 I will be giving the presentation on Together at Last: Combining XML and Relational Data in SQL Server 2005 , probably give a chalkchart...
  • Blog Post: Material for my MSDN WebCast "Making the Most of XQuery with SQL Server 2005"

    You will be able to get the WebCast recording and copies of the slides from the MSDN website (registration required). My apologies for the interruption during the WebCast. Here are the code snippets I used during my WebCast demo (please use in order and don't forget to follow the links to the estimated...
  • Blog Post: How to use base64 encoding in SQL Server 2005

    Kirk Allen Evans gives an example how to generate a base64 encoded WordML binData element . Just for kicks, here is how the same code would look like in SQL Server 2005 using FOR XML (as in his case, it is not the complete Word document): WITH XMLNAMESPACES ( 'http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word...
  • Blog Post: The new WITH XMLNAMESPACES clause

    FOR XML in SQL Server 2000 puts the burden of generating and maintaining XML namespaces completely on the query writer. XML namespace declaration attributes have to be created like every other attribute with the namespace URI being the column value. Unless the generated XML was in attribute-centric form...
  • Blog Post: April CTP has been released: What are the changes in the XML area

    As many of you probably already have heard, we have publicly released the April Community Tech Preview (CTP) and have also announced that we are continuing with CTPs instead of doing a Beta3 . I agree with Adam : This is good for getting both more and better feedback from our customers. And it allows...
  • Blog Post: Material for my MSDN WebCast "Managing XML Data on the Database with SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005"

    You can get the WebCast recording and copies of the slides from the MSDN website (registration required). I would consider the language of my presentation to be Swiss-American-English and not as the site indicates English-American- :-). Here are the code snippets I used during my WebCast demo (please...
  • Blog Post: Using the XQuery methods in CHECK constraints

    In a recent weblog posting , I outlined how you can use XQuery expressions inside CHECK constraints. Unfortunately, we identified a problem that requires us to mandate in an upcoming CTP release that any XQuery expressions used in a CHECK constraint are wrapped in T-SQL user-defined functions. Read here...
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