Hiccups in Entity Framework/.NET Framework Separation

The ties that bind are not so easily severed, especially between the teams who are developing these two platforms.

Surprise! Google, Apple Play Catch-Up to Microsoft (for a change)

Microsoft isn't always the slow-moving dinosaur, but the visionary. Witness its work with SQL Azure beating Google and Apple to data-laden cloud.

An Improved SQL Azure Targeted for 2011

At the second day of the SQL PASS Summit, Microsoft announced a new SQL Azure release as well as some new features to come later this year.

An Early Look at Juneau's Integrated Database Development

Database development and application development in the same tool--'Juneau' promises no more jumping through hula hoops.

Microsoft Shifting Future SQL Server APIs from OLE DB Back to ODBC

Microsoft said that future SQL Server APIs will phase out of OLE DB and back to supporting the Open Database Connectivity protocol.

Microsoft Releases Hadoop Connector CTPs for SQL Server

Microsoft released two community technology previews of its Hadoop connectors, one that works with SQL Server and other with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse.

New NoSQL Language Unveiled As Debate Rages On

NoSQL oponents see no future for the language. Proponents, though, are building new products around it.

Microsoft Releases Preview of SQL Server 2008 SP3

Microsoft this week released community technology previews of a new Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008.

When Beta Apps Wreck Your System: A Lesson in SQL Server 2008 R2 Testing

I must have missed the memo about using beta software on real systems.

SQL Server 'Denali' CTP3, SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Out Now

Microsoft released the third community technology preview (CTP3) of SQL Server code-named "Denali" and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

And the "SQL Server 'Denali' Must/Must Not Support XP" Debate Goes On

A few announcements by Microsoft at WPC this week haven't quelled the discussions on this issue of Denali supporting XP

Should SQL Server 'Denali' Support XP?

I'm torn whether the next version of SQL Server should be backward compatible or move forward. Here are some of the arguments on both sides.

PowerShell vs. SQL Server Management Studio

While PowerShell doesn't duplicate the complete functionality of SSMS, it can duplicate a lot of it.

SQL Server 'Juneau' Developer Tools Needs Testers

Get your hands on the upcoming SQL Server development tools. All you need to do is join the program and provide feedback to the mothership.

Free Alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio

There are some nifty, better-than-SSMS tools that cost nothing to use. One of them is already in your toolbox and you might not know it.

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