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Gert Drapers presenting at next Mondays Seattle User Group

Gert will be doing a talk on deploying Data Applications…Probably his most requested topic, but something he has not presented on before-should be a great show!

NOTE: if you plan on going you NEED to bring a printed copy of the invitation with you!!

Meeting Details:

Date: Monday 12/15/2008

Event: Database Meeting

Location: Microsoft Building 40, Steptoe Room #1450

Time:  7:00 PM

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Deploying Database Applications with Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition


Gert Drapers, The Architect, the Development lead, the heart, the soul and now the Group Engineering Manager of Visual Studio Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition will be delivering a presentation on one of the most frequently asked questions about Visual Studio Database Edition: “How do I now deploy my schema changes one or more databases”.  In this presentation the self described “Data Dude” will start off with a level set to  bring the user group up to speed as to what is Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition then proceed to into data deployment strategies and the best tactics for implementing them.   If you haven’t had a chance to see this regular from SQL Pass and SQL Connections then this is your chance to do it for free!

About Data Dude

I am the Group Engineering Manager for the Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals product as known as the “Data Dude”. After 3 years of Ashton-Tate, I joined Microsoft in 1991; prior to this current position I was a member of the SQL Server development team where I held various positions varying from development to management. I worked on SQL Server 7.0, 2000 and 2005; some SQL Server artifacts I worked on are: BULK INSERT, SQL-DMO, SQL Query Analyzer, SQL Profiler, DTS and SMO. After SQL 2000 I needed some time away from SQL Server so I decided to join the Indigo team where I designed the new System.Transactions API which ships as part of the .NET v2.0 frameworks. Homesick I returned to SQL in September of 2003 where I joined the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team; a small team that is focused on helping customers design and implement the largest SQL Server implementations in the world, boy that was fun! But July of 2005 I decided that I needed I new challenge, a new team, a new adventure, and a team that was going to solve real SQL Server problems, which is why I joined the “Data Dude” team. We started with 4 people, one year later we have grown to almost 42 people and are ready to rock the world.

When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife and three lovely daughters; I love to cook and make music. Besides that I am trying to serve the SQL Server community by writing tools and articles which are published on http://SQLDev.Net