I've been playing with the new SQL Server Data Tools, and I'm impressed by the way Microsoft has gotten the product out for review and is improving it with user-requested functionality.
In-memory database comes from Starcounter, a Swedish company that announced the world's "fastest consistent database" thanks to patent-pending technology.
Microsoft released demos of both to get them in front of developers; already there's a wishlist of features from developers. Here's some of my initial thoughts and experiments with them.
LocalDB is making life easier for database developers working in the Visual Studio 11 IDE.
My current system was downed by eval software, so it's high time I build a dev machine for testing out new stuff.
What's so big about the MCSE? And what about this recertification thingie if I'm already certified? Answers here.
- By Michael Domingo
Microsoft Learning revives older designations in a reinvention of the certification program that addresses cloud skills.
- By Michael Domingo
SQL Server developers lead charmed lives: their skills are in high demand, they work with one of the more popular programming languages, their work is prone to attack. Okay, two out of three ain't bad.
Creating an application for Web, devices, and the cloud is easy and fast with LightSwitch. In fact, the only difficulty was installing the darn thing.
SQL Server licensing will undergo some adjustments as version 2012 is released in April.
Microsoft has introduced SQL Server 2012 to the world and it's time for IT professionals to start to come to speed on what's new.
- By Joey D'Antoni
Microsoft's upcoming SQL Server version has now been approved for release-to-manufacturing (RTM).
Microsoft decreased its SQL Azure pricing again, and added a new 100 MB database storage option.
Microsoft provided details of a new service that helps SQL Azure users monitor the security of databases residing in Microsoft's cloud.
MIT, Stanford and other institutions of higher learning offer basic computer science courses that cost nothing but time.