Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal, SQL Server Ireland User Group Thursday Sept 4th 2008

There are still some seats available for this event in Sandyford, being run by the SQL Server Ireland User Group…  registration is via   The topic is SQL Server – Index Internals & Fragmentation.


What a difference a month makes…

Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I’ve been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server 2008 RTM (Aug 6th) – you can download an eval from here. It seems…


CSI:NY using Photosynth

If you watch any of the flavours of CSI you’ll probably get a kick out of this article which describes how the show’s forensic scientists attempt to recreate a crime scene using hundreds of photos taken from a camera phone. The technology used to stitch them together? Photosynth. What about using geospatial data types in…


SQL Server 2008 for ISV Developers – Classroom Training May 15th 2008

I mentioned this previously, and now the date has been finalised – it’s 15th May 2008, in Microsoft Ireland. I’ve included the agenda below, for more details of the exact location, time and how to register, please contact me directly (and let me know your feedback on the agenda).   Please note that this run…


Free classroom training on SQL Server 2008 (Ireland / Northern Ireland)

Are you an ISV developer in Ireland / Northern Ireland? I’m arranging a free 1 day course on the essentials (dev + BI), so drop me a line via the Contact link on my blog if you’d like more details…Some pre-requisities but nothing onerous i.e. you must work for an ISV based in Ireland/Northern Ireland, you must be…


CTP of VS 2008 support for SQL Server 2008

If you were at the Dublin community launch event on Feb 13th you saw an ASP.NET / VE / SQL Server 2008 demo that I put together during Dave’s talk on Windows Server 2008. (Philip from MTUG was sitting beside me, not doubt a little concerned that I should have had my demos done by then :-)) When…


Community Launch Tour 2008 Video

As per my last post, Dave, Bob and I will be hitting the road for the Community Launch this week. Want to see where we’re going? Take a look at the below video that I put together using, pretty cool 🙂 Double click for full-screen to get the full effect!  


SQL Server 2008 November CTP now available

SQL Server 2008 November CTP is now available here.  This CTP introduces new functionality across all of the core themes of SQL Server – Trusted, Beyond Relational, Dynamic Development, and Pervasive Insight. For example, it helps manage a mission critical and productive data platform with key features such as compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows…


Early adopter information for ISVs in Ireland (VS 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and more)

We in the Developer & Platform Group in Microsoft Ireland are about to kick off our early adopter program for ISVs (the successor to the Ascend / Touchdown programs – see – that some of you may have been involved in). Microsoft is committed to ensuring that partners engaged in our early adopter programs…


SQL Server 2008 overview video (built entirely in Silverlight!)

Check out for a new video that provides a high level overview of what’s in SQL Server 2008. Quite an easy way to learn about the platform for the next generation of data-driven applications!