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    Upgrading from SQL Server 2000 / 2005 to SQL Server 2008




    The SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide is now available!  This 490-page white paper covers the essential phases and steps to upgrade existing instances of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 to SQL Server 2008 by using best practices. These include preparation tasks, upgrade tasks, and post-upgrade tasks. It is intended to be a supplement to SQL Server 2008 Books Online.


    In addition to the Technical Reference Guide, a companion list of Upgrade-related resources is also available.  Get all the love here:

    SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide

    Resources for Upgrading to SQL Server 2008

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    Facebook DNUG Meeting Today!!!



    .NET Programmers


    The Facebook .NET User Group is starting up again today now that the holidays are over.  Allan Da Costa Pinto will be speaking on Developing Service Oriented applications with Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation.  WOW!  That's a mouthful but it will be kick ass trust me, Alan rocks!  Here is a blurb about the lecture:


    We will talk about Windows Communication Foundation and discuss how you can start building Workflow oriented Windows and Web applications with Windows Workflow Foundation. If you care about building interoperable, service oriented applications, this session will be for you.



    Come Join Us Here:

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    Jay Smith's User Group Radio Part Deux!!


    Are you a UG lead?  Feeling the pain of running the group?  Need a hug?  Well subscribe to Jay Smith's ( new radio show!  You can catch it here:


    From the site:


    Over the last several years I have been involved with the developer community that has been growing in Northwest Arkansas.  After attending a Community Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX hosting by Caleb Jenkins I realized that many user group leaders struggle with the same problems, after looking around I realized that there wasn't really any resources around to help us.  So I decided to start a podcast dedicated to the ones that keep user groups and technical communities going.  Hopefully through open dialog and sharing we can help make it easier to keep them running and maybe even take them to the next level.

    I am currently working on scheduling several of the shows and getting them ready.  Please go ahead and subscribe to the feed and you won't miss a show.

    If you are interested in supporting this show please email




    Show Jay some love and subscribe today!

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    MSDN Refresh Tour in Arkansas!




    Yep, I'm headed for Arkansas next week so if you are in the area come out and see me! 



    Here are the session descriptions:

    Session 1 - What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers

    SQL Server 2008 adds numerous new capabilities for developers – from support for Spatial Data types to a storage mechanism for SQL BLOB data using the NTFS file system, and much, much more. The new release also delivers several improvements to development-related areas, from T-SQL to SQLCLR to XML. This presentation will provide a technical dive into the latest and greatest features you’ll find in SQL Server 2008, while offering insight into how to effectively apply them to your upcoming development projects.

    Session 2 – Power up your Office applications with VSTO

    In this presentation, we’ll focus on the power and productivity of Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) – a .NET Smart Client technology. We’ll give you tips and tricks for designing and building smart client applications with VSTO, which allows you to create managed code applications with .NET languages including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. VSTO also makes it simple to manifest the functionality of those applications in the rich user interfaces of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook and others from the Office stack. VSTO addresses some of the biggest challenges that Office solution developers are facing today, including separation of data and view elements, server-side and offline scenarios, seamless integration with the Visual Studio tools, deployment and updating. Join us for this eye-opening session and learn just how easy it is to build and deploy powerful applications with VSTO.

    Session 3 – Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2.0

    Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we’ll take a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage to build these true next generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate how to build a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft .NET. We’ll explore how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to create applications, and how to create UI using XAML markup and code, controls, and File I/O. We’ll also discuss networking, how to retrieve data from a Web service, and various other aspects of building Silverlight applications.



    Here are the dates, times, and link to the user groups:


    Date Start Time City Sessions Link
    1/19 6:00pm Jonesboro Silverlight mail:
    1/20 6:00pm Fort Smith Silverlight
    1/21 11:30am Bentonville SQL
    1/21 6:00pm Little Rock SQL
    1/23 5:30pm Harrison Silverlight / VSTO


    Come hang out with us!


    p.s. special props to my friend Jay Smith who created the smokin logo for this tour

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    Did You Know?


    I saw this on my good friend Mithun's blog and had to "borrow" it :)


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    10 Reasons The Zune Beats The iPod. Seriously.





    Nice little post from Jeff Blankenburg:

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    January 30, 2009 – Silverlight (Ken Byrd) @ TekFocus



    If you are in Dallas, you have to catch this one!  It's the January DevCares event!


    Go here to register:

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    Mobility Slides

    Slides from my session on Windows Mobile 6.1 Development :)
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    Dallas C# Special Interest Group Meeting Today!!!

    I'm going to be at the C# SIG tonight in Las Colinas so if you are in the area, come join us!!!

    While most enterprise applications are object-oriented, the data they consume in databases is not. This "impedance mismatch" results in a significant amount of lost productivity. The need for a cleaner way to ford the gap is finally here! Come and explore how Microsoft is addressing this problem with its recently released ADO.NET Entity Framework. We will take a close look at the following areas: * What the Entity Framework is and is not * The Entity Data Model and its designer * Mapping a conceptual model to an underlying relational database * Different ways to program against the conceptual model, including LINQ and eSQL. * The future of the Entity Framework

    About Rob Vettor

    Rob Vettor is an independent consultant and Microsoft MVP. He has presented at many user groups and conferences, including the recent MDC conference in Dallas



    7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike)
    Irving, TX 75039
    Phone: (469) 775-0000
    Fax: (469) 775-8800


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    WCF: Web Services Protocols Interoperability Guide


    Wondering about WCF and WS-*?  This is the place to look!



    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) implements a number of Web services protocols. Many of these protocols include a number of options and extensibility points left to the discretion of the implementer. This topic provides a list of Web services protocols WCF implements. Other topics within this section provide implementation details for each protocol supported.



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