SQL 2005 Metadata Samples Toolkit and whitepaper now available

Reposted 10/1/06 to include in ‘free tools’ category  I’m constantly asked “what’s Microsoft doing about metadata and do we have a solution.” In the old days (SQl 2000 and 7), Microsoft provided Meta Data Services, a platform designed to help tools and applications manage metadata and information models more effectively. It included the Open Information…


New SQL 2005 code samples available

I guess now the pressure is off to release the product we’ll see more useful samples comming out of corp; here’s a link to the latest December update: http://msdn.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/samples/default.aspx  


Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – November 2005

Overview The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005. It includes: Latest versions of redistributable components for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of add-on providers for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2005 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d09c1d60-a13c-4479-9b91-9e8b9d835cdc&displaylang=en


Get the facts about deploying and using Microsoft® SQL Server 2005TM

Our launch roadshow, here in the UK, was totally over subscribed.  So here’s another chance to gem up on the plethora of new capabilities. Experts from Scalability, DevelopMentor, and Solid Quality Learning will present practical, real-world information in three tracks covering administration, development and business intelligence Register NOW   www.sqlmag.com You’ve got to be quick!


Slides from the SQL Server Launch in Birmingham UK

During, what I hope was viewed as a successful day,  many people asked where they could find the slides for the technical sessions.You will be able to find them @ http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005  – but you may have to wait a couple of days before they actually get loaded. Hope those of you attended enjoyed the event. …


TechNet Briefing: What’s NEW in SQL 2005 – Analysis Services & Data Mining

Here’s a little self publicity for gig I’ll be doing in December: To register please go to https://msevents-eu.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=118761637 05 December 2005 18:30 – 05 December 2005 21:00 (GMT) GMT, London Welcome Time: 18:00 Language: English Microsoft Ltd Chicago 1Building 3Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading Berkshire RG6 1WGUnited Kingdom  General Event Information Products: SQL Server….


Microsoft .NET Data Provider for SAP

After my recent SQL 2k5 BI session, here at TVP Reading, I had an enquiry asking for more info regarding the SAP provider I showed in the list of providers available to SQL Server Integration Services .  The best public information I can find is @ http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms216599.  The provider isn’t publicly available at the moment but…


OLAP, Darwin and Evolution

Edited 21st Sept 05 to include picture of herbarium sheet.   In my article ‘Business Intelligence (BI): The way it is without the blah blah’, I mention that I was aware of some exiting research using the SQL Server OLAP engine, the results of which where hopefully about to hit Nature magazine.  I couldn’t say…


SQL Server Integration Services Samples – Including Fuzzy Logic

At a recent Technet presentation, someone came up to me and asked me if I could post my Fuzzy Logic sample package to my Blog.  I confess I haven’t got round to wrapping it all up, but now it looks like I’m off the hook as one has been supplied with the samples that come…


Bill Gates – A short chat with Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect

Its not really SQL Server, but this short 16min video comes from the guy who ultimately takes resposibility for SQL.  Bill is asked a number of interesting questions that put his contimued relationship with Microsoft under the spotlight  – like why does he bother working?  If you haven’t seen Bill speak much – this is a…