Become an evangelist and be heard

I really need another collegue. If you love technology, love to organize things and love sharing your enthusiasm with customers and partners this job offer might be something for you: http://www.microsoft.com/careers/international/default.asp?lang=EN&loc=EMEAHQ&job=60481056&jobslist= Please remember this is a job at EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters so it involves travelling around the region. We spend about…

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SQL2005 – CLR hosting for DBA’s

At IT Forum (http://www.microsoft.com/europe/msitforum/), I’ll be delivering a presentation on SQL2005 – CLR Hosting for DBA’s. I’m going to organize the talk around a number of questions – ideally 10. So here are some questions DBA are asking themselves: What does SQL2005 –  CLR mean and how does it work? Can I disable it? How? Can…

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A not so wild Friday night

A couple of hours ago, my wife took of for a concert of Anastasia (sorry if I misspelled the name, I never heard of the group – my wife obviously thinks I should have). This is one of these great opportunities to something wild on a Friday night… So I started playing with my XBeam…

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SQL 2005: .NET vs. T-SQL, the meaningless performance test

When talking about SQL Server 2005 – CLR integration I consistently got the question: ‘Which code runs faster? T-SQL or IL’. The answer is obviously: ‘It depends’. Those people who downloaded the samples of my presentation at TechEd Israel, already saw ‘The Meaningless Performance Test’ I showed over there. For those who didn’t, let me…

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.NET programming in SQL Server 2005

Last week, I delivered a session at TechEd Israel on the Yukon CLR. Basically, SQL Server 2005 will host the CLR which enables developers to: Write procedural code (stored procedures, user defined functions, triggers) using any mananged language for which the compiler generates verifyable IL. Extend SQL Server with User Defined Aggregates – you know,…

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WinFS talk in Athens

Last week I was in Greece (Athens) to speak about WinFS (the ppt). The flow of my WinFS talk is easy: Why WinFS WinFS as a File System WinFS, much more than a File System I must have reached around 10k people with this talk by now and I’m really happy with the enthusiasm people…

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Emea or eMEA

I just created a map where I’ve been. I’ve been a developer evangelist for EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) for over two years now and this map just confirms that I spent most of my time in Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, some time in the Middle East and no time in Africa. Of course…

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Yukon: a story of love (and not so much love)

I’m heading for Helsinki at the moment to deliver another Workshop on SQL Server 2005 (formerly known as SQL Server Yukon) so I have some time to reflect on the previous deliveries of this workshop.   The topics that I’m delivering myself are the developer related topics. One could categorize them as follows:   Yukon…

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TechEd Europe 2004 (Amsterdam)

My main objective is to evangelize (don’t blame me, I don’t like the word evangelism either) SQL Server 2005. Although this objective fills 100% of my time, I took on the task of deciding which sessions go into the Developer Tools and Technologies track for TechEd Europe so I can fill some other 10%. Obviously we base ourselves…

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SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

Yesterday, the SQL Server team and the Visual Studio team made some significant announcements.   The facts: The product name for SQL Server codename ‘Yukon’ is Microsoft SQL Server 2005 The SQL Server team is working hard to release Beta 2 in the coming months There will be a Beta 3 release in the second…

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