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  • Blog Post: System.Transactions in Whidbey - Part 1 - Overview

    If you have had a chance to install Beta 1 of .NET V2 (i.e. Whidbey), you may have noticed a new namespace called System.Transactions . System.Transactions provides a simple object model that unifies the concept of a transaction into a number of basic building blocks that caters for more possibilities...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 3

    Today, as we write application code we generally are not dealing with immutable state/data, we are applying application logic to state/data so that it transforms from one known state to another known state in a consistent, all or nothing fashion. Today, when performing this in code that does not involve...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 2

    In general, when we think of Transactions we tend to think of database transactions. Databases are a great example of how a data server can implement transactions and therefore handle concurrency, provide isolation and provide consistency. The concept of what constitutes a Transaction expands beyond...
  • Blog Post: Transactions - The concepts - Part 1

    When thinking about Transactions, I think it is fair to say that Transactions are one of the most powerful and frequently used paradigms in Enterprise Computing today. With Transactions, we have a collection of patterns that deal with how concurrency management and recovery control can be handled in...
  • Blog Post: Volatile Transactions & In-Memory Transactions - do they have ACID, ACId or ACI properties?

    In my last blog posting, How should we think of Transactions ? I mentioned Volatile transactions and how I currently think they can be perceived in different ways! Do they have ACID, ACId or ACI properties? In case you do not know what Volatile Transactions (aka In-Memory Transactions) are, they are...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Webcasts

    Starting from Monday the 6th of December these is going to be a series of 15 Webcasts on SQL Server 2005. For more details have a look at http://msdn.microsoft.com/SQL/2005Webcasts/ . Topics covered include: Overview of the new Developer features in SQL Server 2005-Level 200 Introducing the New SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 5)

    What is particularly interesting about HTTP.SYS is that it has an API and it can be used to write/roll your own HTTP endpoint. Nice!! Currently there is only a C API , but with Whidbey you have access to a managed API to HTTP.SYS. Here is a sample (via Don's blog ) of the HTTPListener class that comes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 64-bit Hands-On Training & Windows 64-bit Compatibility Workshops

    From Jan till July of next year, the Route64 Training Tour is visiting over 20 cities providing: Windows 64-bit Hands-On Training is a 3-day training designed to provide the most comprehensive contents of of what it takes to fully leverage Windows on 64-bit processors. At the completion of this training...
  • Blog Post: The Advantages of Running SAP Applications on SQL Server 2000 (64-Bit)

    For further info, go to: The Advantages of Running SAP Applications on SQL Server 2000 (64-Bit) And for a central resourse on SAP running on the MS platform, have a look at the Microsoft and SAP - Customer Information Center
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Support For AMD64

    SQL Server 2005 Support For AMD64 was annouced
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and SQL Server

    If you use SQL Server on Windows XP, some of the changes that are incorported in XP SP2 are going to affect the installation of SQL Server. A kb article can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;841249 . It outlines how to configure XP SP2 for use with SQL Server. Also,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - Beta 2 is out

    By the way of the SQLExpress blog , Beta 2 of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is just out. and you can get it at http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/ . Before upgrading please follow all the steps listed on the download page or at http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2004/07/21/190738.aspx...
  • Blog Post: SQL Best Practices Analyzer (Screenshots)

    I was going to post some screenshots of the tool, but I see that Stephen McGibbon has done the honors. You can find the screenshots on Stephen's blog Also, while going walkabout on the web, I have just noticed that there is a number of web casts other there now. Here is the first one I have found , I...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer - Webcasts

    I have been having a look around and there is a few Webcasts out there for SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer. As I find them, I will update this posting. Todate I have found the following: - MSDN TV - SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Consolidation on the 64-Bit Platform — Lessons Learned

    With such a huge push in the industry to consolidate "tin" (aka servers), you have a number of options available to you, when consolidating SQL Server instances. You can go single instance or muti instance, orthogonal to this is whether 32bit or 64bit suits your needs. I hear you ask "So which is the...
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and SQL Server - how to re-enable the services.

    SQL Server 7.0, SQL Server 2000, MSDE 1.0 and MSDE 2000 all run on the Windows XP OS but some of the SQL Server services will be affected by SP2. Have a look at this Webcast for the skinny. MSDN Webcast: SQL Server and Windows XP SP2 - Level 300 Basically certain services are going to be turned...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices Analyzer Tool for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 1.0 - Released last week

    This is a great little tool that has been in beta for a long time :). I haven’t seen its release been discussed in any blogs (or at least the ones that I read). It covers a lot of the low hanging fruit, those small little things that can creep into a DB by accident and can go unnoticed for a while. e...
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