Watch out Europe – Here I come…

Tomorrow I will be on my way to Europe for the SQL Server Launch Events in Zurich and Lausanne (Switzerland) and Athens (Greece). In Switzerland I will be presenting a specially made presentation on “What’s new in SQL Server 2005” that will be more technical than the general launch presentation that I am giving in Athens. In…


SQL Server 2005, and Quiznos: What do they have in common?

Now that we have shipped SQL Server 2005, I am happy to see that people are interested in using it. Today, I ask you the following riddle: What does SQL Server 2005, and Quiznos have in common? Well, here is the answer: Here is a link to Rick Penwell’s blog on the MySpace next…


International SQL Server Survey: Win a portable music player!

The Windows Server System team is doing a Learning and Help survey and need more SQL Server specific feedback. If you live outside of the United States or Canada, we want to know more about your experience with SQL Server! How did you initially learn to use SQL? What are your preferences for learning new…


SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 Launches

Today is the big launch. Steve B. is giving the launch keynote in San Francisco. I am currently sitting in a meeting room at a competitor’s place where I am at for a W3C XQuery meeting watching the live webcast during our lunch break :-). I already provided a list of many (but not all) of…


XQuery 1.0 and XSLT 2.0 are now in Candidate Recommendation

Finally, after 6 years of hard work, the W3C has released the Candidate Recommendation specs for XQuery 1.0, XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0. Does this mean that the recommendations are done? No, not yet. But it means that we reached an important milestone. Now everyone is officially invited to implement the specs, run the test suite,…


PDC 2005 Videos and Slides and demos are now online

The PDC 2005 videos are now online (via Oleg has distilled the XML and language specific presentations. And finally, from that list, here is the pointer to my presentation: DAT405: SQL Server 2005: Deep Dive on XML and XQuerySpeaker: Michael RysManaging semi-structured and markup data is becoming an increasingly important aspect of data management….


The light at the end of the tunnel is bright sunshine!

We have RTM’ed today! Today, we have released SQL Server 2005 and VisualStudio 2005 and the .Net Framework 2.0 to manufacturing. This means the code is baked, done, shipped,… :-). It will be downloadable from MSDN within the day and available through the other channels in a couple of days. Follow the link for a…


Welcome Jinghao Liu to the Blogosphere

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to Jinghao’s weblog. He is our test lead and so far seems to cover the SQL Server 2005 XML support in Chinese :-). Please go and take a look and say 你好.


First Wars, then Tsunamis, Famines and Hurricanes, and now Earthquakes

The last year has been tough on many. Many people have been and are getting killed in wars and conflicts (Iraq, Sudan/Dafour), got devastated by Tsunamis, starve due to famines and loose their lively-hood and sometimes even lives due to Hurricanes and Taifuns such as Kathrina and Stan. And now we have the devastating earthquake…