I like to read ‘expert’ opinions for their comedic value.

Apparently, the Ed Bott does, too. Summary: In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of…

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Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks to their platform. Sort of like a cherry-cheese Danish: it’s a…

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DTLoggedExec updated for the new year (and more).

Davide describes it best in his own words: What is DTLoggedExec? If I were a full-time ETL developer or an operations DBA, this is definitely a tool I’d be using every day. Grab yours today from CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/DTLoggedExec/

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Simplifying AdventureWorks setup

FYI, we’re actively working on improving the setup experience for the SQL Server 2008 sample databases (aka AdventureWorks). We’ve heard your feedback and we’re acting on it. Here are some of the salient points you’ll see for the Halloween update (Samples Refresh 1): Fewer selections to make to choose the appropriate download. All the AdventureWorks…

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Cool (Free, Open) Tools: SQL RSS

Even if nobody has asked you for an RSS feed of data in one or more of your databases, it won’t be long before they do! When they do, you can grab this configurable, easy to use data-driven RSS feed widget. A couple ideas for using this application: Business intelligence updates delivered to Microsoft Outlook…

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Open Source Day @ Microsoft (tomorrow)

Actually, every day is an open source day for me @ Microsoft (since that’s what I do — publish and promote open source SQL Server projects), but tomorrow is a special all open, all source, all day day for us. Tomorrow the bonus for me is being able to sit back and watch for most…

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{Open Source} Heroes Happen Here?

They certainly do. I’m glad to see initiatives like this! {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here If you want a Hero Hack Pack, you’d better ask ’em for one soon. While supplies last…

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Office is now more open?

Having been involved with a government archival project, I can say that format longevity is a serious concern. Particularly in the case of governments, documents may be required to be archived for hundreds of years. Indeed, many local, state, national and international governments are actively in the process of establishing policies that every document must…

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