Few months back, Microsoft announced HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop distribution for managing, analysing and making sense out of large volumes of data. InfoQ connected with Val Fontama, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server, to know more about how the Enterprise Big Data @ Microsoft story is panning out.
In-Memory Databases are very near to becoming widely adopted, says David Campbell of Microsoft in his article “The coming in-memory database tipping point”. He also explains Microsoft’s strategy around this space.
Microsoft has released SQL Server ODBC drivers for the 64 bit version of Linux. These drivers are intended for C and C++ developers using Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 and Enterprise Linux 6.
2012 marks the fifth year since Microsoft started courting PHP developers. The popular language can be found in everything from their entry level IDE WebMatrix to the high-end cloud platform Windows Azure. SQL Server is a major part of the overall initiative and they are making sure the PHP drivers take advantage of SQL Server 2012’s new features.
tSQLt is a free, open-source framework for unit testing in SQL Server. By writing tSQLt test cases, developers can create fake tables and views based on production data, then compare expected versus actual results. Tests can be created directly in SQL Server Management Studio.
The Code First approach means that the object model is created in code, and then the database structure is generated from that model. Code First Migrations allows developers to make changes to the database via code, many of which can be done automatically.
With SQL Server abandoning OleDB in favor of ODBC, it is no surprise that SQL Server Integration Services is finally picking up ODBC support. Another important feature slated for SSIS 2012 is the much needed support for CSV files.
Amazon has announced two licensing deals with Microsoft. The first eliminates the licensing fees for running Microsoft software on EC2 for BizSpark members. The second allows all developers to run the preview of SQL Server 2012 on EC2. It should be noted that normal EC2 service rates still apply for both.
Microsoft has added LocalDB support in .NET Framework 4. LocalDB is a free developer edition of SQL Server “Denali” meant to provide most of the server’s API but without management overhead.
Microsoft announced that the next version of SQL Server, known by the codename "Denali", will be called SQL Server 2012. It will feature the big data capabilities of Apache Hadoop and Power View, a touch-based business intelligence tool.
Solutions Design has released ORM Profiler, a tool meant to help improve data access layer performance. It tracks and logs ADO.NET calls so that developers can analyze their data access and discover potential problems.
Denali will be the final edition of SQL Server to support OLE DB, because Microsoft considers ODBC to be the industry standard for relational data access.
SQL Server Development Tools (SSDT) - ‘Juneau’ - brings testing, debugging, version control, refactoring, dependency checking, and deployment to database development in Visual Studio. It was previewed recently along with SQL Server ‘Denali’ CTP.
SQL Server Denali includes a new type of table called FileTable, which builds on FileStream functionality. FileTable is meant for storing and managing unstructured data in SQL Server, while also making it accessible via the file system.
Microsoft recently announced CTP 3 for SQL Server ‘Denali’, which boasts of improved BI capabilities like Self Service Alerting, Self Service Reporting, improved Office integration, SharePoint Shared Service, better VS Tooling for developers and more.