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, MySpace.com 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, MySpace.com and Quiznos have in common? Well, here is the answer: Here is a link to Rick Penwell’s blog on the MySpace next…


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 http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2005/10/24/484434.aspx). 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….


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.


XML related changes to the September CTP

While we are less than a month away from the official launch week of SQL Server 2005, I am still providing you with the promissed change list for the XML area in SQL Server 2005’s September CTP. And please accept my apology for the delay. Please continue here for the changes.