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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A Web Based Search for Books Online

As many of you know, I used to work on documentation like whitepapers and Books Online for SQL Server. One of the main problems I’ve found with our documentation isn’t that there is not enough content – we have over 65,000 pages in BOL alone – but that it is hard to find. The search…

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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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