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Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

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In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs.

Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification, that work is underway on ports of the Oracle sample schemas named:

  • HR
  • OE
  • OC
  • PM
  • SH

The creatively-named Oracle sample schema IX "might" present a challenge for SQL Server; however, we're going to give it a college try... for April Fools' Day.

Heh.

Seriously, though, one person out of billions of (conscious or unconscious) SQL Server users has formally asked us to [re]include Northwind and pubs in our Official Family of Sample Databases™:

Feedback: Include option for Northwind Database install with SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 (connect.microsoft.com)

Since nobody has voted for it (not even the original requestor), we can only assume that it was filed on Connect as an early April Fools' joke.

[For the record, I hate April Fools' Day, but I am trying to get into the spirit of the faux holiday.]

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