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  • Blog Post: Want to access SQL Server 2005 from PHP?

    You are in luck!  Version 1.0 RTM of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is live!  Check out the SQLPHP blog for more details: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlphp/archive/2008/07/28/microsoft-sql-server-2005-driver-for-php-v1-0-has-released.aspx - Marc Technorati Tags: sql server 2005 , php
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Exposing/Consuming RSS/ATOM using WCF 3.5 & Silverlight 2

    In this screencast, I show you how easy it is to expose RSS and Atom feeds using the new Web Programming Model (REST) features, classes in the new System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace, and LINQ to SQL in the .NET Framework 3.5.  Then, you will see how you can use classes from the System.ServiceModel...
  • Blog Post: DC Launch Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET

    Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET makes building applications for occasionally connected environments a logical extension of building applications where you can count on a consistent network.  Rather than simply replicating a database and its schema, the Synchronization Services application...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Seattle & Olympia, WA)

    Thanks to everyone who attended.  All of my demos are based on Visual Studio 2008 / .NET Framework 3.5 RTM.  Here are the downloads: Introduction to LINQ + LINQ to SQL - deck , demo code NOTE: You will need to install both the Northwind (available here ) and AdventureWorks (available here ...
  • Blog Post: Installing SQL Server Management Studio when you already have Management Studio Express installed!!!

    Argh, I just beat my head against a wall trying to do this for the last couple hours:(. After a bit of web searching, I finally found this . So if you try to run the SQL Server 2005 installer to install the full version of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), you will inevitably get an "Edition Version...
  • Blog Post: More info on LINQ to SQL performance

    Soma just blogged about VS 2008 Performance Improvements . There is some good info in his post. One of the things he mentioned was: "For example, with the new LINQ facility we set a goal that LINQ performance be significantly better than using a SqlDataAdaptor for the same query and competitive with...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Supports Live Earth - How we built Conservation International's Public Websites

    You may recall in a previous post , I wrote about how I led a couple of projects to migrate Conservation International's public websites to SharePoint Server 2007 as well as implement a Silverlight v1.1-based Carbon Offset Calculator that is currently hosted on Conservation International's newly re-launched...
  • Blog Post: Excellent video going deep on LINQ to SQL

    Charlie Calvert published a video where Matt Warren (C# Principal Architect) & Luca Bolognese (Lead Program Manager) have a very deep discussion of LINQ to SQL internals. I you're like me and you really like to know how all the moving parts work, then this is a MUST SEE video. Details here . - Marc
  • Blog Post: "How Do I?" Videos for SQL Server 2005 Express

    I've heard from lots of customers who really like the ASP.NET "How Do I?" videos. I think they are a great way to learn in short spurts. There are a new set of videos for SQL Server 2005 Express here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: NOVA SQL - December 2006 Meeting - SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning

    Title – SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning http://www.novasql.com/presentations.htm Speaker – David Kress of Symantec and Jeremy Kadlec of Edgewood Solutions Date and Time – Monday, December 18, 2006 @ 7:00 PM Location – AT&T Government Solutions Building @ 1900 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22182. Directions...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Label Security Toolkit

    As referenced at the 2006 PASS conference this week, the Label Security Toolkit for SQL Server 2005 can be downloaded here [update: the file is attached to this post too]. This toolkit demonstrates how to combine the capabilities of SQL Server 2005 to implement a label-based row and/or cell level security...
  • Blog Post: NOVA SQL: September 2006 Meeting - SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) Best Practices

    The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group ( www.novasql.com ) is announcing its next session for 2006 to benefit IT Professionals (DBAs, Developers, Admins, etc.) in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland areas interested in SQL Server. Title – SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implemenattion

    I've been on vacation and doing some other things so I haven't blogged much lately. I've pretty much been "unplugged" for the majority of that time. I'm slowly catching up on reading others blogs, etc. and came across this on J.D. Meier's Blog . "The ASP.NET 2.0 Internet Security Reference Implementation...
  • Blog Post: NOVA SQL - July 2006 Meeting - Pair Programming

    The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group ( www.novasql.com ) is announcing its next session for 2006 to benefit IT Professionals (DBAs, Developers, Admins, etc.) in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland areas interested in SQL Server. Title – Pair Programming http:/...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Everywhere Edition Screencasts

    Steve Lasker recently posted 3 great screencasts on SQL Server Everywhere Edition: Video of installing the SQL Server Everywhere Edition CTP Screencast of Deployment Options for SQL Server Everywhere Edition ADO.net Programming options for SQL Server Everywhere Edition I just watched all...
  • Blog Post: FIPS 140-2 Compliant Mode For SQL Server 2005

    One of the benefits of SQL Server 2005 SP1 is that you can now run SQL Server in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. This means that SQL Server will only use FIPS 140-2 certified encryption algorithms, which is a requirement for some government agencies. Knowledge Base article 920995 describes how to turn...
  • Blog Post: NOVA SQL - June 2006 Meeting - SQL Server 2000 and 2005 Performance Tuning

    The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group ( www.novasql.com ) is announcing its next session for 2006 to benefit IT Professionals (DBAs, Developers, Admins, etc.) in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland areas interested in SQL Server. Title – SQL Server 2000 and 2005 Performance...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET, LINQ, and the Entity Framework Oh My!

    If you write database applications using ADO.NET (which means almost everyone is still reading this), then a MUST HAVE blog in your RSS reader is the Data Access blog . It is the “Data Programmability team blog for data access in ADO.NET and System.Data namespace.” They recently blogged about ADO...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition CTP

    We've release the first CTP of SQL Server Everywhere Edition. If you aren't familiar with SQL Server Everywhere Edition, here's the description from http://www.microsoft.com/Sql/Everywhere : "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition offers essential relational database functionality in a compact...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: Migrating from Business Objects Crystal Reports to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services

    I just saw this on Brian Welcker’s blog . How to migrate from Crystal Reports to Reporting Services is a frequently asked question I get all the time. Now we have some documented guidance. Here’s a description of the whitepaper: “This document focuses on the manual migration effort for Crystal Reports...
  • Blog Post: You MUST sign up for the Bi-weekly MSDN Flash

    Just check out the latest issue at http://msdn.microsoft.com/Flash/ This a bi-weekly newsletter that can be customized to the topics you are most interested in. Mine arrived this morning and contained info on the redesigned Windows Vista Developer Center . A pointer to a free book on Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Database Professionals -- welcome to the DevTools fold!

    Today we announced the newest member of the Visual Studio Team System family -- Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. We're excited to be able to finally discuss this publicly -- tons of you have told us about the need for a while now. We've been working closely with some of the early...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Federal Architect Forum 06 content

    The content for the 2006 Microsoft Federal Architect Forum will be posted on Federaldeveloper.com (link is here: http://tinyurl.com/luawt ) For those who were able to attend, thank you! - Keith
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation in May MVLS Media and now available via MVLS Download

    Team Foundation Server is in this month's Volume Licensing Media Kit. The following disks are being shipped: Team Foundation Server Disc 1 Team Foundation Server (MSDN Library for Visual Studio Team System – Disc 1) Team Foundation Server (MSDN Library for Visual Studio Team System – Disc 2...
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