Update on SQL PASS 2007 Presentations

I am giving 3 presentations at SQL PASS 2007 in Denver: Wednesday, September 19th, 9:45am to 11am, room 709:DBA-317-M The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Beyond Relational(co-presenting with Kevin Farlee) Main focus will be the new features in the areas of unstructured and semistructured data management in SQL Server 2008. Wednesday, September 19th, 1:30pm…


SQL Server 2008 June CTP has been annouced at TechEd 2007

At today’s TechEd 2007 in Orlando, we have annouced SQL Server 2008’s, formerly known as Katmai, first community tech preview (CTP). Unlike SQL Server 2005, where we took over 5 years, SQL Server 2008 will be delivered in less than 3! See here for the official scoop and register here! What does this bring for…


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 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…


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…


Presentations at SQLPASS 2005 (Grapevine, Tx)

As many others in the SQL Server community, I have travelled to Grapevine, Texas to attend and present at this year’s SQLPASS 2005 (site seems down while I write this). Since some people were unable to attend or had to leave early, I am now giving an additional presentation on Friday: Friday, September 30228: SQL Server…


The PDC F5 Network Interview is now online

The friendly folks of the F5 Networks Dev Central team interviewed me at PDC 2005. The 5 minute interview is now online (please accept my apologies for the rambling, but I seem to be recovering from the attendee party :-)).


News from the PDC 2005: XQuery, LINQ and friends, SQL Server 2005 September CTP

First, we have released the September SQL Server 2005 CTP for download. This is the last CTP before the final release. Yeah! I will write my customary change blog on what has changed in the XML area a bit later this week. This year’s PDC again is quite exciting. First my presentation on XQuery in…


PDC 2005 XQuery Deep Dive talk outline

Here is the high-level outline of the talk I am planning on presenting. Note that there is lots of ground to cover and only limited time. Thus, I am not planning on giving an in-depth XQuery tutorial but rather show several XQuery statements to give a feel for the language and talk about how to use…