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  • Blog Post: Migrating My WordPress Blog to Windows and SQL Server

    I recently wrote an article over at http://wordpress.visitmix.com about my experience migrating my blog over to WordPress on Windows and SQL Server which went pretty smoothly.  >> Read More NOTE: I moved my blog back to my domain at http://www.ZachSkylesOwens.net .  I sincerely appreciate...
  • Blog Post: Win $10 for Building a Rad PHP App on SQL Server or SQL Azure

    Whether you have an established business or have a great startup idea this is an awesome opportunity to win some cash.  The SQL Server team is running a contest for PHP developers building apps on top of SQL Server or SQL Azure. >> Read More NOTE: I moved my blog back to my domain at http...
  • Blog Post: PHP on Windows Training Kit Support for Windows 7 Released

    Today we published the March 2010 release of the PHP on Windows Training Kit which fixes a bug in the Dependency Checker for Windows 7.  >> Read More NOTE: I moved my blog back to my domain at http://www.ZachSkylesOwens.net .  I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my posts...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to SQL Azure with SQL Server 2008 R2 Tools

    Back in October I wrote a post on how to connect to SQL Azure .  With the release of the November CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2 working with SQL Azure from within SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) got a whole lot better!  >> Read More NOTE: I moved my blog back to my domain at http://www...
  • Blog Post: There’s a New Microsoft PHP Guy on the Block!

    You may have already run into him but I’d highly recommend following Brian Swan’s work.  He’s got a deep background working with SQL Server… >> Read More NOTE: I moved my blog back to my domain at http://www.ZachSkylesOwens.net .  I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my...
  • Blog Post: SDS is now a Killer Database in the Cloud

    I've been working on SQL Server and SQL Data Services evangelism for the past year and half. There was a period of time when SDS didn't look much like SQL Server so telling the story of how SDS fit into the Microsoft Data Platform was much more difficult. With today's announcement about the changes to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Requires the SQL Server 2005 ODBC Driver

    I was banging my head against a wall for a while today trying to track down a issue that wasn't letting my PHP 5.2.8 app do a basic connection to SQL Server 2008. I kept getting the following error. SQLSTATE: IM002 message: [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver...
  • Blog Post: Back to My Roots

    It's been a while since my last post and this one isn't going to be able FileStream API's, SQL Data Services or other SQL Server features... Continue reading at your own risk :) I started off my software career working as a Partner in a small web-application development company in Marquette, Michigan...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Developers – A Mi Gente de Southworks (ES)

    By Zach Skyles Owens (Perdona mi español) Acabo de escribir como la dedicación del equipo de desarrollo fue el clave a nuestro éxito. Aparte de los ingenieros a Microsoft trabajamos con Southworks que es un grupo de gente muy apasionante de su trabajo y de tecnología. Este proyecto requerido mucha dedicación...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Developers - Shout Out to Dev Team

    By Zach Skyles Owens There were a lot of people involved with pulling together the Data Platform Demo for the TechEd Keynote. I want to take a minute to quickly thank the Southworks team who's dedication really made the difference. Special thanks to Tim Osborn, Pablo "Lito" Damiani and Johnny Halife...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Developers - Data Platform Keynote EDM/SSDS/SQL Data Types

    By Zach Skyles Owens One of the biggest challenges we faced when designing this demo was trying to make the breadth of Microsoft's Data Platform technologies easily understandable in 5 minutes. The major architecture components are SQL Server 2008 , SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) , SQL Server Compact...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Developers - Data Platform Keynote Demo Architecture

    By Zach Skyles Owens Just minutes ago at TechEd 2008 Developers in Orlando Dave Campbell, Technical Fellow, was on stage with Bill Gates doing the Data Platform demo which included a host of exciting Microsoft Technologies. SQL Server 2008 - Supports any data SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) - Quickly...
  • Blog Post: What is SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) Anyway?

    After blogging about SSDS I saw that people are wondering what Microsoft's Cloud Storage offering is all about. One reader asked... Is it Windows Live Sky Drive? Is it Astoria? The answer is no... It's neither of the two above although it does have some features of each of them. The best way to get the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Storage Is Finally Here

    For those who have been following Microsoft’s S+S message you may be excited to hear about SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) which was announced at the MIX08 Keynote today. So what is this new cloud storage offering by Microsoft anyway? Microsoft hosted data storage service based on SQL Server Accessible...
  • Blog Post: To FILESTREAM or not to FILESTREAM... That is the question.

    Roger and I have been delivering a demo which highlights Spatial and FILESTREAM features of SQL Server 2008. One of the common things we've heard from developers is... For years we've been told that large binary files should never be stored in the database... Are you telling us to start storing these...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 FILESTREAM and WPF MediaElement - Part 2 (Writing FILESTREAM Data)

    Wow... It's been a long time coming. I promised that I would explain in more detail how to write FILESTREAM data to SQL Server 2008. This is the second article in a series and uses the sample published on the SQL Server Community Samples site on CodePlex . Writing data to a varbinary(max) FILESTREAM...
  • Blog Post: Feature Complete CTP

    As of yesterday the SQL Server 2008 February CTP is available for download here . This is a really exciting release as it's feature complete and is localized. Take a look and make sure to provide feedback through MSDN and TechNet.
  • Blog Post: FILESTREAM Support in SQL Server Express

    A couple great questions came up last week when discussing FILESTREAM with some people within the Microsoft field which I thought were worth sharing.   Q: Will SQL Server 2008 Express edition support FILESTREAM? A: It sure will!   Q: Will the 4GB limit of Express apply to data stored in the...
  • Blog Post: 22 Business Intelligence Screencasts Released

    It has been a long time coming and I'm really excited to announce that we have finally released a series of 22 screencasts on the SQL Server Channel 9 site .  These screencasts were part of a global training event taking the student through BI project lifecycle using Microsoft tools.  I'd recommend...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server CodePlex Site

    Roger Doherty and I recently launched the SQL Server End-to-End Community Samples site on CodePlex .  We have been successful in recruiting a few developers so you should start to see the samples really start to flow.  I encourage you to download the current FILESTREAM sample and let us know...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server and BI has a Home on Channel 9

    In an effort to organize the content on Channel 9 we have created a wiki which you can access at http://channel9.msdn.com/sql . Over the next few months this will be converted to a Tag Center once the Beta version of Channel 9 goes Gold.  In the meantime I will be maintaining the wiki by hand. If...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Spatial Partners at TechEd EMEA

    Today at TechEd EMEA Microsoft announced 11 partners who will support SQL Server 2008 Spatial .  It is really exciting to see the industry build momentum around this powerful new feature. As Roger pointed out on his blog , he and I have been working on demos for Spatial and it's actually much easier...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 FILESTREAM and WPF MediaElement - Part 1 (Architecture)

    If you have been following progress on SQL Server 2008 you have probably seen mention of FILESTREAM which is an enhancement of the varbinary(Max) data type. As an application developer you might be asking yourself... "So what does this mean to me?" My partner-in-crime Roger Doherty and I grabbed early...
  • Blog Post: Ideas for Applying Data Mining in Academia

    I recently interviewed Denny Lee from the SQL Customer Advisory Team about applying data mining to medical research which you can see a video of on Channel 8 .   I asked Denny about other areas of academic research where data mining could be applied.   I gave this question some thought on my...
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