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Oracle recently released their latest Critical Patch Update which fixes vulnerabilities “in hundreds of Oracle products”. From a database perspective: it fixes 17 database vulnerabilities, two of them that can be exploited remotely without authentication. There are vulnerabilities in many of their modules, from the core RDBMS to the options like Spatial and Auditing. Seeing...Read more

India Launch events 

I just got back from a 2 week trip to India, taking part in their local launch events. We reached over 1500 people at over 3 launch events,  in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. V. Somasegar – the Senior VP from the Visual Studio team was the keynote speaker. This was the first launch to have...Read more

Sync up with the new Microsoft® Sync Framework CTP2 

The Microsoft Sync Framework continues to evolve as the latest CTP2 bits were released last week. This latest build reflects the final API changes that will be used for RTM. The team has done an excellent job with respect to the framework’s original design and implementation as is demonstrated by the fine tuning nature of...Read more

Accelerate mobile development with SQL Server Compact 3.5 

Exciting news for developers looking to build SQL Server based applications that target mobile devices — the new Microsoft® Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008 has been released and is now available for download from here! This new accelerator consists of a working Supply Chain application, over 5,000 lines of well documented source...Read more

ISV’s & SQL Server 2008 Applications 

Technologies such as SQL Server are only as successful as the applications that are built upon them.  Microsoft’s Metro Early Adoption Program provides a programmatic, consistent and predictable way for longstanding Microsoft ISV partners to engage on next-generation technologies, by providing pre-release developer training, support, and rationalization of that technologies’ role in the overall platform. ...Read more

entities, Entities, ENTITIES! 

It’s getting louder If you’ve been following Microsoft’s efforts around data programmability, you’ll have inevitably heard a thing or two about “entities”. Specifically, the Entity Data Model (EDM) and the ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF). These technologies lay the groundwork for major advancements in how developers build data-centric applications and for empowering DBA’s to manage databases...Read more

Announcing SQL Server Data Services 

Today Microsoft announced that MIX attendees will preview Microsoft SQL Server Data Services (SSDS), a Web-facing utility-based services designed for businesses and developers that need scalable, highly available, secure and easily programmable on-demand data storage with robust database query capabilities. SSDS offers virtually limitless, on-demand scalability. Customers use the service with minimal up-front infrastructure and...Read more

SQL Server 2008 Launch – 10:30am 2/27/2008 

The rest of the keynote focused on the 2 remaining pillars of launch – BI & Web. In the BI demo – we focused on the integration of our BI tools with Office. We showed the new Report Designer – with the office interface that allows you to modify reports in an office environment, new...Read more

New SQL Server 2008 Case Studies 

The momentum for SQL Server 2008 continues. Here are some of the latest case studies published: Russia’s Baltika Breweries Links its ERP Databases using SQL Server 2008 Replication Baltika Breweries, the largest producer of beer in Russia, has about 12,000 employees and 11 breweries. Its popular brands have been the market leader in Russia for...Read more

SQL Server 2008 Benchmarks 

With the launch of SQL Server 2008 today (remember, RTM is still planned for a few months later in Q3 2008) we have just posted a number of record breaking results across industry (TPC-E, TPC-H) and ISV benchmarks. These are really amazing results and the team worked extremely hard to get these published by launch....Read more

SQL Server 2008 Launch – 8:00am PST 2/26/2008 

Its 8:00am PST 2/26/2008, we are less than 24 hours from the SQL Server 2008 launch. Its going to be the culmination of efforts of several hundred people across Microsoft to make this a reality. Keep in mind that LA is just the kick off of a global series of events – over 220 with...Read more