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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: 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(specifically of download file selection on CodePlex ) in that video about AdventureWorks for SQL Server 2008 have been out of date since October 2008.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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: DataDude Annoyance #13: Project variables omitted from output script.

    If you're using any software product for a non-trivial purpose, you'll find that it has flaws that will (upon occasion) drive you up a wall. It doesn't make any difference what it is or who produced it. I've even heard Mac users, upon occasion, complain about bugs in their toys. But sometimes these little...
  • 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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