Databases


SQL Server Data Tools: A Work in Progress

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.

UPDATE: Getting Visual Studio 2012 and SSDT to Work Together

In the midst of my playing around with the new SQL Server Data Tools, the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate came out. So I thought I'd upgrade...

'Fastest Consistent Database' Claims MVVM Affinity

In-memory database comes from Starcounter, a Swedish company that announced the world's "fastest consistent database" thanks to patent-pending technology.

Trying Out the OData/WCF Data Services Upgrades

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.

Easier Database Development with Visual Studio 11 Beta

LocalDB is making life easier for database developers working in the Visual Studio 11 IDE.

Help: Setting Up a Dev Machine

My current system was downed by eval software, so it's high time I build a dev machine for testing out new stuff.

7 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Certifications Today

What's so big about the MCSE? And what about this recertification thingie if I'm already certified? Answers here.

Microsoft Retools Certification Program for Cloud Skills

Microsoft Learning revives older designations in a reinvention of the certification program that addresses cloud skills.

More Good News for SQL Server Developers

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.

Flipping the Light(Switch) Fantastic in Visual Studio 11

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 2012 Pricing Takes Shape

SQL Server licensing will undergo some adjustments as version 2012 is released in April.

Top 12 Features of SQL Server 2012

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.

Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 Hits RTM

Microsoft's upcoming SQL Server version has now been approved for release-to-manufacturing (RTM).

Microsoft Cuts SQL Azure Storage Pricing

Microsoft decreased its SQL Azure pricing again, and added a new 100 MB database storage option.

SQL Azure Users Can Monitor Security with New Service

Microsoft provided details of a new service that helps SQL Azure users monitor the security of databases residing in Microsoft's cloud.

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