Windows Azure End to End Examples

I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts. I quickly want to put those…

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Of Patterns and Practices

Does the data professional need to know about Patterns and Practices? Well, if you’re on the development side of things, you’re more than likely already familiar with this term. At the bottom it’s a list of "best practices" that you use to solve computing problems. But does the data administrator need these as well? I…

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Changes on the Developer and TechCenters for MSDN

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed the changes on the SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN or SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet.  If not, you should definitely check them out. Here are a few highlights:   ·         On the home page of both MSDN and TechNet, you’ll see links to featured Blogs from key Microsoft…

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Blogs, Blogs and More Blogs

I subscribe to a lot of blogs – maybe too many!  But I saw a thread the other day where someone was looking for more SQL Server Blogs. I’ve got a couple of links here that you might find useful:  All SQL Server Blogs from Microsoft: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/bb671054.aspx SQL Server Manageability Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlrem/ That last one…

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MSDN and TechNet SQL Server Sites Linked

SQL Server can be a strange animal – we have no direct end users, but we do have Developers and DBA’s. For years we’ve have two sites that the two camps have used: MSDN for Developers, and TechNet for DBA’s. But of course, there is no such thing as a “DBA”, meaning that DBA’s do…

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Marketing Drivel versus Technical Information

One of the most frustrating things to deal with is trying to find technical information on a product, and running into marketing documents instead. Actually, I’ve run into the other situation as well – I want marketing information to back up some buying decisions or just for the graphics to present to the execs and…

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The Grand Unified Theory

I’ve mentioned before that Books Online isn’t just a client install, but the same content is also available on the web. In fact, it’s available in two places on the web:SQL Server 2005 BOL on TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130214.aspx.SQL Server 2005 BOL on MSDN: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130214.aspx Now why would we do that? Well, you may not be aware…

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