And the winner is… LINQ to Entities and the ADO.NET Entity Framework

In 2001 we first demonstrated Object Relational Mapping (ORM) technology for .NET – ObjectSpaces. However it has taken 6+ years to get to the point where we have released an ORM. Actually we released two. The release of Visual Studio 2008 in November 2007 gave us our first shipping ORM – LINQ to SQL. The…

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LINQ Overview concept map #2

Just started the day with a swift play with my original concept map.

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Microsoft Sync Framework released

Ok – I will be honest, I forgot it hadn’t actually released (It is tough keeping on top of the staggered releases we have at the moment!) This is a shameful cut and paste from http://blogs.msdn.com/sync/archive/2008/08/06/top-new-features-in-sync-services-for-ado-net-v2.aspx Microsoft Sync Framework includes the latest version of Sync Services for ADO.NET.  A great deal of work has gone…

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PHP driver for SQL Server 2005 Released

Whoops – I nearly missed this one. I previously mentioned our more friendly approach to PHP back in Nov 2007.The good news is we have made version 1.0 of the PHP driver available for download.  We have also posted the source code for our driver to Microsoft’s CodePlex site. Interesting that we posted the source…

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Still confused by Data Mining? (I know I am)

Which is why I thought I would point you at this great video resource. You may well get to use it before I do (I think I have my hands full learning to code again – but I have started to skim them). These sessions were presented to 20 Countries across the EMEA region and…

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Benchmarking is just a lot easier these days…

When I first joined Microsoft in 1996 I was lucky enough to work with Compaq to create a SQL Server scalability lab for ISVs. I learnt a lot about both SQL Server and how to run scalability exercises that year. I also learnt that in such exercises you spend a lot of time waiting for…

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10% off developer training until end of Jan

Back in November I blogged about a training offer my US colleagues had struck with Total Training. Our good friends at InnerWorkings contacted me to share some more good news – 10% off their training courses until end of Jan. A couple of my colleagues have tried the InnerWorkings courses and spoke very highly of…

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A subtle change – we like PHP :-)

When I started working with UK developers many years back, one of my focus areas was ASP vs PHP. 10 years on from those days and both technologies are very successful with huge fans of each technology (ASP becoming the much more powerful ASP.NET). But on IIS, the favourite is by far ASP.NET. On Unix/Linux…

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25% off developer training

My colleagues in the US have struck up a deal with Total Training where we can offer a discount of 25% off a year’s training subscription on MS developer products. The series range from 4 hours to 8 hours and are project oriented – they cover SQL Server development to ASP.NET to Expression Blend. Free…

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UK ISV delivers MDX Query Builder control

A month or so back I was lucky enough to find myself in a SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence lab with Andrew Wiles of IT Workplace (http://www.it-workplace.com). Andrew was working on their new MDX control which they have now released as a product and also represents the basis of two additional products. Yep – three…

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