When is a bug a bug and when is it an incomplete feature

Had a fascinating conversation with one of our partners today, the meeting was about how they should be integrating all the new test artifacts in VSTS 2010 (Test Cases, Test Plans, Test Configs, Shared Steps, Test Points, Test Results) into their customised process guidance. They already have some Test artifacts in their current guidance and…

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PDC: D-1

Spent this morning at the convention centre getting some help from the onsite Tech Support guys with a demo hardware disaster that had an unfortunate impact on my codecamp session. Apologies to the attendees for the lack of focus on the session as I was fighting the hardware all the way! However folks seemed to…

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PDC: D-2

Its Saturday and I am hanging out in the fabby LA weather, high 80’s today. I spent the day at the SoCal CodeCamp, no sessions for me to present today so I got spend the day listening to other folks. There is nothing more educational than watching other people present on the product you work…

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Yipeeeeee, PDC time!

Yep I’m off to LA at the end of the week. Originally I was supposed to do a session on Software Quality and Diagnostics for Services, but we gave that slot to some other folks, then I was not going, then I was added to the booth/lounge team and now I also have lunch panel…

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High performance loading in SSIS for Oracle and Teradata

While SSIS has always been able to load SQL Server at high speed it doesn’t use any of the high speed Oracle APIs that are available. Well there is now a new high performance loader for Oracle and another one for Teradata. Downloads are here.

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Slipstreaming SQL Server Updates/Service Packs in SQL 2008, almost

One of the most common asks for SQL Server related to servicing/patching (after uninstall of updates/SPs) is the production of slimstreamed media, ie where the Update/SP and the RTM are included together in a single plackage. Now there are a couple of reasons to do this, the first is to save time and complexity for…

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SQL Server 2008, Report Builder

Ok so not everything for SQL Server 2008 is available yet, Report Builder is going to have a lag, you can find RC 1 here. This should work with RTM SQL 2008. Here are some of the changes from the last RC; Easy to use wizards for creating table, matrix and chart data regions. Support for…

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