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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2: Released, and Vista-ready

    SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released yesterday, and I've just downloaded and installed the Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2 onto my Vista PC. Smooth sailing all the way, and no compatibility warnings. Hooray! Here's a link to SQL Server 2005 SP2 on the TechNet site , and you can review...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Management Studio Tip: Show Execution Plan

    If you're looking to better understand what's happening under the hood when you execute a query against SQL Server 2005, here's a really cool feature of SQL Server Management Studio (and SQL Server Management Studio Express) that I only just discovered: the ability to inspect the execution plan...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Dublin Event: 'A Day of Connected Systems'

    What do the Windows Communication Framework (WCF), BizTalk 2006 and SQL Server Service Broker have in common? They’re three strategic Microsoft technologies that offer developers opportunities to build applications that tightly link together users in the organisation, customers, and business partners...
  • Blog Post: Develop, Design, Deploy

    Over the holidays, I built a data-driven website for a family member. It gave me a chance to explore some new Microsoft web technologies and tools hands-on. Here's how I developed, designed, and deployed the site: Develop: using ASP.NET AJAX and Visual Studio Web Developer Express Edition I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Back in action

    There wasn't a whole of blogging (or snowing) going on while I was visiting family and friends back in Canada last week. The sunsets , however, were gorgeous! I'm back in action today, knee-deep in the e-mail. Events: I've had a few people mail me asking about upcoming MSDN and community events...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Released

    A very impressive addition to the Visual Studio Team System has been released for database professionals - and I've been neglecting to write about it! Team Edition for Database Professionals is designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing, and bring thebenefits...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition - lightweight, free, flexible datastore - available as Release Candidate 1

    I'm hanging out at the Visual Studio booth in the Ask the Expert area at Tech Ed Europe: Developers. I took a swing around the Ask the Experts area to see what's going on, and to meet some of the folks from the product teams. I met two guys from the SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition team, Manikandan...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - scripting your database for moving to your hoster - Hosting Toolkit

    I've written before about how to ease the challenge of scripting your data to move it from a local SQL Server 2005 .mdf database to a hoster. Things got a little easier today with the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit , which, in its first incarnation, is a command line tool that generates a T-SQL script...
  • Blog Post: Students ask the most interesting things

    Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet , the University of Limerick Computer Society. About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET "Atlas" presentation from ApacheCon Europe , but I also...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

    Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
  • Blog Post: Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

    Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals - CTP available for download

    Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals is a suite of tools designed to help database professionals take control of change, automate database testing, and improve collaboration and communication. The data dudes at The Register had some nice things to say about it today. The Community...
  • Blog Post: XNA is based on the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 - so what's new in the world of mobility?

    I'm still chomping at the bit for the XNA Framework and XNA Studio, which will allow .NET developers to write code that targets both Windows and the Xbox 360. Here are some XNA Studio resources: the XNA Developer Center , XNA FAQ , XNA Game Studio Express Forum , XNA Framework Forum , XNA Team Blog ...
  • Blog Post: Cork Event, Monday 19 June: SQL Server 2005 @ MTUG Cork

    MTUG Cork Presents : SQL Server 2005 - What's New in the Database Storage Engine When: Monday, 19th June, 7pm. Reception to follow. Where: Imperial Hotel, Whitechurch Suite , South Mall, Cork Speaker: Niall Flanagan, AIB Distributed Database Group Cost: Free. Registration on the night. For more information...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition - lightweight, flexible, free datastore

    SQL Server 2005's Express Edition is free, it supports database sizes up to 4GB, it allows seamless upgrades to other SQL Server editions, and it's deeply integrated into Visual Studio. What more could you possibly ask for? Well, sometimes SQL Express is a little heavyweight. When you want to work...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - scripting your database for moving to your hoster

    Suppose you've been working locally with a SQL Server 2005 database that contains the data for a website, and it's time to move your database and data up to the web hoster. Maybe you've got a few tables, some stored procedures, and even a little data in that database which is all hanging out in an .mdf...
  • Blog Post: More INDC online information, including Paul Hand's BizTalk presentation

    Paul Hand sent me along the Powerpoint slides from his BizTalk presentation at the Irish National Developers Conference earlier this month. The poor soul was given an interesting technology to talk about... and the same timeslot as our visitor, Scott Guthrie. So if you missed Paul's Biztalk presentation...
  • Blog Post: Ireland .Net Developers Conference - 3rd and 4th of May - Tentative Agenda

    Next week, on the 3rd and 4th of May, four of our technical communities - the ICS , INDA , IrishDev , and NIMTUG - are joining forces to host their largest .NET developer conference ever at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. If you're a developer, a project manager, a technical architect or a company director...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 13 Apr 06

    Web Resources [Default] April MSDN Magazine Get a handle on your code by preventing deadlocks, getting better profiling, and lots more. [Web Development] [Microsoft Office Solutions] Create Your Own SharePoint Site Definitions...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 31 Mar 06

    Web Resources [.NET Framework] GotDotNet CodeGallery Share, find, download and discuss evolving .NET applications, ideas, and documents from other developers and Microsoft employees. [Default] IDC Collaborative Survey on Open...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP1: Advanced Services, Toolkit, Management Studio CTP

    In all this gallavanting around the country and installing beta software on long-suffering laptops, I somehow missed the fact that SQL Server 2005 Express Edition has had its first Service Pack released as a Community Tech Preview. There is a CTP release of SQL 2005 Express SP1, and also -- check...
  • Blog Post: Michael Rys in Dublin: SQL Service Broker: slides, photos

    My thanks to Michael Rys and all the attendees for their contributions to last night's excellent INDA Dublin event. And a very special thanks again to the INDA crew for making the event possible. Paschal, Philip and the INDA crew putting together a resources page for the presentation. Here are Michael...
  • Blog Post: Last Call to Arms: Michael Rys, SQL Team: Dublin tonight, Cork Friday

    One last quick reminder that Michael Rys is in Ireland this week. He's Program Manager for SQL Server's Query Technologies (SQL and XQuery). He was Program Manager for many of the XML features in SQL 2000 and 2005 as well. Tonight, Wednesday the 8th, he'll be speaking at the INDA Dublin usergroup...
  • Blog Post: Michael Rys from the SQL team in Ireland: Dublin 8 Mar; Cork 10 Mar

    I'm delighted to inform you that Michael Rys is coming to Ireland next week. He's a Program Manager for SQL Server's Query Technologies (SQL and XQuery). He was Program Manager for many of the XML features in SQL 2000 and 2005 as well. On Wednesday the 8th, he'll be speaking at the INDA Dublin usergroup...
  • Blog Post: Neither dead nor resting: SQL Mobile Merge Replication joys, DataSet woes.

    Apologies for the radio silence recently - it's been very hectic! I've been exploring a couple of things. SQL Mobile Merge Replication is amazing stuff. Using a "Publication" and "Subscription" metaphor, it allows you to synchronize parts of a SQL 2005 database with your mobile device. It really...
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