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  • Blog Post: If you absolutely must call a WCF service from inside your database, here’s how you do it...

    When I was an operations DBA, this would probably fall into the category of “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should”: Call a WCF Service from SQLCLR (by Niels Berglund) However, there are probably a couple of good scenarios where I might advocate for doing just this in future...
  • 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: Samples forum consolidation.

    Until today, all of the various SQL Server community and samples projects each had their own discussion board on CodePlex. In the interests of simplification that our customers have asked for in our samples experience, we’re consolidating all of those disparate discussion locations to one MSDN forum...
  • Blog Post: DTLoggedExec updated for the new year (and more).

    Davide describes it best in his own words: What is DTLoggedExec? If I were a full-time ETL developer or an operations DBA, this is definitely a tool I’d be using every day. Grab yours today from CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/DTLoggedExec/
  • 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: 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: 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: Oh, snap! Survey sez SQL Server community rulez?!

    OK, I'll admit it. I'm always very behind in reading industry blogs, rags, whatever. And I'm biased. Heh. OTH, Sean McCown can hardly be called biased toward Microsoft... so when he and I agree on something, I'm glad that he's come around to see The Truth™. Hee-hee! (No, I don't normally talk like...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Day @ Microsoft (tomorrow)

    Actually, every day is an open source day for me @ Microsoft (since that's what I do -- publish and promote open source SQL Server projects), but tomorrow is a special all open, all source, all day day for us. Tomorrow the bonus for me is being able to sit back and watch for most of the day while the...
  • Blog Post: Be there. Do that. Get the T-shirt.

    Since I've never been to an MVP Global Summit, Tech*Ed or the SQL PASS summit, I'm looking forward to going this year. Since I will have T-shirts, I'm hoping that I won't have to be lonely. Heh. SQL Heroes : The T-shirts have arrived. If you don't have a clue about what kind of project to start, keep...
  • Blog Post: Calling all SQL Heroes!

    I'm hoping that I can keep my blogs straight, but for the duration of the contest, I'll be blogging in two places: here and there . Here will be all the normal stuff you don't read anyway, and over there is your chance to convince me to give you a Windows Home Server. (Well, convince me and the other...
  • Blog Post: {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here?

    They certainly do. I'm glad to see initiatives like this! {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here If you want a Hero Hack Pack, you'd better ask 'em for one soon. While supplies last...
  • Blog Post: Office is now more open?

    Having been involved with a government archival project, I can say that format longevity is a serious concern. Particularly in the case of governments, documents may be required to be archived for hundreds of years. Indeed, many local, state, national and international governments are actively in the...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hi, Mom! (And everybody else.)

    "So, what do you do?" It's a common enough question, right? Usually immediately subsequent to "Where do you work?" People ask it to break the ice. They ask it because they're interested. They ask it because they can't believe somebody actually pays me to work @ Microsoft. Heh. Even...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server gurus! Get connected to CodePlex.

    First off, CodePlex is looking for developers. That seems like the best way to get plugged in. Heh. I have a vested interest in seeing you top-notch coders working on CodePlex. I know several great coders out there; you know who you are, so apply! More on my vested interest later. Looking for developers...
  • Blog Post: I quit!

    Well, not exactly. This post title is just my nod to the yellow journalism that pervades the media these days... Where have all the reporters gone? Long time ago? (Sorry, that song is stuck in my head this morning.) I'm making the leap. Taking the plunge. Leaving Microsoft Services... But I'm not going...
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