SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 available

Great news – we RTMd on Friday and made it available for download to MSDN Subscribers. Two great products – enjoy them! Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/

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Getting started with WinFX – nice UK resource

At the moment my life still revolves around SQL Server 2005 – but come January I need to look marginally competent with WinFX 🙂 Thankfully I just spotted this little beauty – http://www.roadtowinfx.com/. A UK site pulling together info on WinFX development with a rather nifty page on getting started http://www.roadtowinfx.com/getstarted.aspx. Tx guys – great timing…

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SQL Server – is it fast enough to run my solution?

When I joined Microsoft 9 years back the most common question I heard about SQL Server was “Is it fast enough?”. This was worded in so many different ways – but boiled down to a perception part based on fact (SQL Server 6.0/7.0) and part based on some great FUD from our competitors. In the…

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SQL Server 2005 JDBC driver Beta 2

The new SQL Server 2005 JDBC driver Beta 2 is now live on the web  http://www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/2005/jdbc.mspx.    We’ve had a very positive community response for this product so far and we’re on the home stretch for our release. Enjoy 

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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 drops under 1 dollar per transaction in TPC-C

Just spotted that Dell published a TPC-C result of 99cents per transaction for SQL Server 2005! Top work! Oracle (bless them) are nearly twice as expensive! Check out http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_price_perf_results.asp . Dells entry is described here http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=105092601

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Architect Forum event in the UK, Friday Dec 9th (and Oct 24th)

My group works with Developers and Architects in the UK – and as part of our enegagement with Architects we run the Architect Forum. Dec 9th will be the next delivery for solution architects (folks architecting applications). We have a number of our colleagues in Europe over to deliver a deep dive into the use…

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