According to Paul Mestemaker, the SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer is no longer being tied to SQL Server Service Pack releases. This announcement is being made in conjunction with the first production release of the tool.
SQL Server 2008 has lifted the limit of 1024 columns per table with a new option called "sparse columns". While this seems like its excessive, some developers have been running up against this limit.
ActiveWarehouse, is a significant new plugin that makes it easier to build data warehouses in Rails.