SQL Server


The T-SQL Trick

When fewer SQL Server columns does not mean better performance.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Set up and use create a simple Windows Phone program that connects to Azure Mobile Services.

SharePoint 2013 Changes with the Times

It's not clear when the service will be rolled out as a final release.

Big Data in the Cloud

Microsoft has cooked up a feast of value-added big data cloud apps featuring Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and Pig, as well as free apps and utilities for numerical analysis, publishing data sets, data encryption, uploading files to SQL Azure and blobs.

Build a More Powerful CRM System with Visual Basic .NET Extensions

Accessing a customer relationship management system with a custom .NET application can add important functionality.

Windows Azure: The Loose Ends Come Together

On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.

Microsoft Releases Windows Azure SQL Reporting

The service is free until Aug. 1.

Windows Azure Release Includes New SDKs

By adding IaaS to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) portfolio, Microsoft is also mounting its most formidable challenge yet to Amazon Web Services.

Database Synchronization with the Microsoft Sync Framework

Use the Microsoft Sync Framework to synchronize data changes between SQL Server 2008 Standard, SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5.

Exec: Microsoft Plans to 'Cloud Optimize Every Business'

In Microsoft's last fiscal third quarter, Server and Tools delivered $4.57 billion in revenue to the company, up 14 percent. The division is large, growing and increasingly profitable

Amazon Opens Cloud to SQL, ASP.NET Devs

The cloud wars heat up as Amazon promises easier deployment and scalability for database and application developers.

Windows 8 'Pre-Release' Version Coming in June

The "release candidate" of Windows Server 2012 is expected at about the same time.

Entity Framework Code-First Migrations

Code First Migrations allow for database changes to be implemented all through code. Through the use of Package Manager Console (PMC), commands can be used to scaffold database changes.

The Evolving Definition of 'Big Data'

While there's lots of talk about big data these days (a lot of talk), there currently is no good, authoritative definition of big data, according to Microsoft Regional Director Andrew Brust.

Top Tips for Migrating Your Applications to the Azure Cloud

From architecture to security to database compatibility, here's what you need to know to make your Azure cloud migration a success.

SQL Server 2012 Reaches General Availability

Microsoft TechNet and MSDN subscribers only have access to the Evaluation edition; or they can purchase the product.

Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

The MVP Summit, from which I've just returned, is a very important event.

No Fooling: SQL Server Prices Set for a Jump on April 1

Microsoft moved to the cores pricing model largely to match its competition and customer demands.

An EF Code First Tutorial

Code First frees you up from the chore of creating databases for your project. Here's a primer on how to do it.

Under the Hood With SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 will offer a variety of new features centered on big data, business intelligence and cloud computing.

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