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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour Kicking Off at PASS European Conference 2010 

Donald Farmer—one of the best-known thinkers on the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence team—will head up the launch of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Tour and dig into the new release at a special full-day Microsoft R2 Launch Event at PASS European Conference 2010 in Neuss, Germany, April 21-23. During the Launch Event,...

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SQL Server JDBC Planning Survey 

Dear SQL Server developers and users, The Microsoft SQL Server JDBC team is beginning to think of future JDBC driver releases. As we review the priorities and goals for the long term, we see you and your organization as key stakeholders. Your input on our survey will help us shape our future product plans.  The...

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Tom Casey Chats with SQL Server Magazine 

Mr. Tom Casey is featured on the April 2010 cover of SQL Server magazine. He is the highlight of Sheila Molnar’s feature article, entitled Tom Casey on Microsoft’s BI Strategy. A quote from the interview: “The consumers of BI, the IT professionals that put the systems and infrastructure together, and the developers and analysts who...

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Thirsty for more Microsoft Codename “Dallas” Info? 

A couple weeks back, our SQL Server Sequence question of the week was “Microsoft code name ‘Dallas,’ what kind of data does it allow me to access and combine with my own data for rich analysis and reporting?” Maybe you got the answer right. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe you want to learn more about “Dallas.”...

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New Data Visualizations in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 

Sean Boon from the Reporting Services team here. In the spirit of last week’s SQL Server Sequence question about Reporting Services 2008 R2. I wanted to talk more about the new visualizations and how they can help you effectively communicate insights in your data.   Maps.  Maps can be very powerful visualizations.  They can consume...

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Do You Know Your Data? Test Yourself with the SQL Server Sequence 

The SQL Server Sequence has concluded. Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Nikolas Allen! In anticipation of the SQL Server R2 launch, we held a contest to test your knowledge of SQL Server and give away some great prizes in the process. For 12 weeks, we issued a new question per week on one of...

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Terms and Conditions 

MICROSOFT SQL SERVER SEQUENCE CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES   COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:   These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft SQL Server Sequence contest promotion will operate (“Contest”).   In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Contest.  “You” refers to an eligible...

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New PHP Blog from Brian Swan 

My name is Brian Swan. I’m a fan of both PHP and Microsoft technologies, and I work in the  SQL Server organization here at Microsoft as a content publisher. I’ve started a new blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_swan, to follow Microsoft’s endeavors into PHP interoperability and to provide PHP developers with technical content that helps them write PHP...

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit 

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Roger Doherty, Sr. Technical Evangelist for SQL Server. I joined Microsoft in 1991 from Sybase and I’ve evangelized every SQL Server release since the Microsoft / Ashton-Tate / Sybase SQL Server version 1.0 from 1989. I’m excited about SQL Server 2008 R2 and its improvements so the team and...

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Are you a PowerPivot Alpha Geek? 

Ready to put your Excel and PowerPIvot skills to the test? Take the Excelerators Quiz to see what kind of Excel user you are. Then check out the Alpha Geek Challenge with Donald Farmer for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree or an all expense paid trip to the BI Conference in New...

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