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  • Blog Post: It’s been real and it’s been fun...

    I’ve really enjoyed my ~3.5 years here at Microsoft, especially the last year and a quarter inside SQL Server. Microsoft’s a great company that really takes good care of its employees and their families. It’s with some sadness that I leave all my friends in Building 35 next week (and some of y’all over...
  • Blog Post: Error code 2738 when installing AdventureWorks.

    This is in the wiki FAQ , but not everybody reads the documentation and my experience is that Live.com doesn’t index the CodePlex wiki nearly as well as the MSDN blogs... Anyway, our current dependency on a VB Script custom action in our WiX-based installers means that your target for installing AdventureWorks...
  • Blog Post: Thanks, Brian! A couple minor nits to pick, though.

    Brian, I'm glad y'all are doing videos like this for SQL School!! I realize that you probably recorded this last year; however, the details (specifically of download file selection on CodePlex ) in that video about AdventureWorks for SQL Server 2008 have been out of date since October 2008. ;-) We shipped...
  • Blog Post: SQL RSS code review coming up.

    If you haven’t checked out this project, give it a look. We’re having an MVP code review in about a week. Forum discussion CodePlex project Please file your bugs and suggestions as work items on CodePlex. As always, if you’re interested in being a contributor to this project, let us know!
  • Blog Post: Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

    A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks to their platform. Sort of like a cherry-cheese...
  • Blog Post: Tweeting AdventureWorks?

    Earlier this week, the gravitational pull of Twitter got the better of me. Jimmy May emailed me that Paul Nielsen was trying to sort out the gender of the fictitious IT Manager of AdventureWorks (Jean Trenary) for the next edition of the SQL Server Bible and was tweeting on the subject. One thing led...
  • Blog Post: Now with more open and soon with more source!

    Over the holidays, the SQL Server community & samples test team in China has been migrating all of our open product samples bugs out of our internal VSTS bug tracking database and into the VSTS database which backs the CodePlex TFS system. There are some non-bug work items which will be migrated...
  • Blog Post: AdventureWorks2010, anyone?

    We’re doing planning work for SQL Server Kilimanjaro and the next SQL Server wave that follows it, which means product samples, community projects and AdventureWorks. Some people have suggested doing away with AdventureWorks in favor of something new, but I don’t see that happening... unless there is...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying AdventureWorks setup

    FYI, we’re actively working on improving the setup experience for the SQL Server 2008 sample databases (aka AdventureWorks). We’ve heard your feedback and we’re acting on it. Here are some of the salient points you’ll see for the Halloween update (Samples Refresh 1): Fewer selections to make to choose...
  • Blog Post: More AdventureWorks in the blogosphere...

    Thanks for the plug, Stuart! Installing the AdventureWorks Sample Databases (Stuart Cox’s Tech Punch) We’re working on simplifying the setup experience for AdventureWorks in time for Halloween, but we appreciate the assist!
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Samples in the News and Print

    The humorous old adage (which my friends in PR righteously deplore) is that "There's no such thing as bad press, as long as they spell your name right." SQL Server 2008: First Impressions Desperately Seeking Samples SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Recipes...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Mexican Food... on CodePlex?

    Tagging is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, right? Actually, like so-called Google-bombing, it can be pretty funny. Have you ever been guilty of surfing while hungry? It appears that somebody was pretty hungry while they were wandering around CodePlex looking for something. No idea what. But...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RTM samples are up on CodePlex now.

    A little snafu delayed things, but they're all signed, sealed and delivered now. I only had to skip a little of the launch party to get them out the door... Microsoft SQL Server Community & Samples - Release: SQL Server 2008 RTM Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: I was right: I was wrong. 15% was too much.

    One of the shiny new features added to Management Studio for 2008 allows you to plot spatial data for any table that has geography or geometry data in the new spatial types. This comes in pretty handy for doing quick visual inspection of small spatial data sets... and it turns out that my early suspicion...
  • Blog Post: Cool (Free, Open) Tools: SQL RSS

    Even if nobody has asked you for an RSS feed of data in one or more of your databases, it won't be long before they do! When they do, you can grab this configurable, easy to use data-driven RSS feed widget. A couple ideas for using this application: Business intelligence updates delivered to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 Samples are up!

    I'm still recovering from three weeks OOF, but my teammates in Redmond and Beijing have done a great job getting the next preview of SQL Server 2008 samples ready for you. The main CodePlex portal for SQL Server Samples has links to all the individual projects. But if you want to just grab the whole...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    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,...
  • Blog Post: Geocoding semi-imaginary data points

    As improbable (and humorous) as it may seem, this is an exercise that I recently engaged in: geocoding semi-imaginary data points. For those of you who are familiar with the original AdventureWorks database, you'll remember that there are a large number of fictitious addresses mixed into the database...
  • Blog Post: How do I use Feature X in SQL Server?

    Buck's got a great point about how SQL Server's development themes are managed from the top down: It isn't a matter of thinking up single features or changes to the product, it's a cohesive direction we all want to go. Carpe Datum : Why on earth are you working on that? Reading his blog always make me...
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