PDC ‘09 Business Intelligence Workshop Announced

I just wanted to spread the word that I recruited Andrew Brust to deliver the first-ever PDC workshop focused exclusively on building business intelligence solutions.  He’ll be teaming up with Dom Demsak to deliver an intensive all-day workshop designed exclusively for developers. The workshop is entitled Developing Microsoft BI Applications – The How and the…


Announcing the SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

I’m pleased to announce that the SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download center, so download your copy today at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9665942  Read on for more details…. SQL Server 2008 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced…


March Madness On Demand: Data Collection Service Architecture

In my previous post I talked about how we used SQL Server 2008 Service Broker to improve the durability of a data collection service for our March Madness Video On-Demand Silverlight player.  This post provides a bit of background on the architecture of the data collection service.  We were expecting a ton of traffic during…


March Madness on Demand

One of the best things about my job is that I get the opportunity to jump in and lend a hand to other teams who are trying to accomplish big things and need some great database technology to back them up.  Back in December I was approached by Eric Schmidt of DPE’s Media and Advertising…


VSTS Database Edition GDR Feedback Vote Request

If you use the Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR and SQL Server CLR Integration, do me a favor and vote for this feedback item on Microsoft Connect: Connection: Visual Studio and .NET Framework Feedback ID: 418322 Title: Database Edition GDR: SQLCLR assembly dependencies cause deployment scripts to fail Thanks!


Feedback 101: How Microsoft Works (Sometimes…)

As a SQL Server Technical Evangelist I have a lot of customers.  My internal customers include the SQL Server and Visual Studio development teams.  The primary thing they are looking for from me is to drive great feedback back into the development teams to help them build software that actually addresses the needs of database…