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Brent Ozar on Improving Productivity with SQL Server

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 26, 2013

Brent Ozar, renowned SQL Server consultant recently shared few techniques for improving productivity with SQL Server.

Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 24, 2013

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.

Windows Azure Management Portal with Localization, Database and VM Enhancements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft recently released several enhancements to Windows Azure Management Portal with support for 6 additional languages, database improvements and enhancements for virtual machines and networking including support for operation logs.

Hekaton: In-Memory Transaction Processing Integrated with SQL Server

by Abel Avram on  Nov 09, 2012 2

During the PASS Summit 2012, a technical conference for SQL Server professionals, Microsoft announced Hekaton, an in-memory row-based data management system targeted at transaction processing (TP) workloads. Besides the advertised increase in TP speeds of up to 10x for old applications and up to 50x for new optimized ones, Microsoft touts Hekaton as being fully integrated into SQL Server.

Introducing SQL Server to MySQL Migration Tool from Oracle

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 21, 2012

Oracle recently announced a new migration tool, which provides an ability to quickly migrate data and applications from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL with less time and effort. The migration tool which has been integrated into MySQL Workbench, allows visual design, development and administration of MySQL databases with an advanced logging and security mechanism.

Node.js Gets SQL Server Driver, Better Windows Tooling

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 14, 2012

Microsoft continues to invest in Node.js, this time by introducing a new, open source SQL Server Driver and new Node-specific features in WebMatrix.

AWS Beanstalk For .NET, RDS For SQL Server

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 11, 2012

Amazon has announced support for .NET on AWS Elastic Beanstalk and a new RDS service for SQL Server, bringing better manageability to .NET/SQL Server apps hosted on AWS.

Hadoop And Microsoft

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 09, 2012

Want to try out Hadoop with the Microsoft Stack and figure out what capabilities this brings to you? We point to some resources that can help.

In-Memory Databases Reaching Tipping Point

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 26, 2012 7

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.

SQL Server Drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 14, 2012 7

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.

PHP Support for SQL Server LocalDb and SQL Server AlwaysOn Clusters

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 11, 2012 5

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.

SQL Server Unit Testing with tSQLt

by Jenni Konrad on  Feb 10, 2012 2

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.

SQL Test Brings tSQLt Unit Testing to SQL Server Management Studio

by Jenni Konrad on  Dec 15, 2011

SQL Test is the user interface for tSQLt, the open source unit testing framework for SQL Server. From the SQL Test window, users can create test classes, view existing unit tests, execute them, and view the results within a dockable panel in SQL Server Management Studio.

Code First Migrations Updates Data Structure From Code

by Jenni Konrad on  Dec 02, 2011 2

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.

SQL Server Integration Services 2012 to Include ODBC Support

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 25, 2011 2

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.

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