SQL Server


SQL Server Hits Release Milestone

"General availability" for SQL Server 2012 is scheduled for April 1.

The Survival of Microsoft's Fittest

A certain Darwinian evolution is taking place at Microsoft. Some product species are more fit, with better chances for survival. You can understand and work with Microsoft's changes, rather than being passively impacted by them.

Microsoft Upgrades SQL Azure and Office 365

Microsoft tweaks several cloud-based offerings, lowering prices and upgrading storage and support.

Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony?

By responding to potential threats with thoughtfulness, and a zeal to add value, SQL and Big Data could be big business for Redmond.

SQL Server 2012 on the Launching Pad for March

SQL Server 2012 will feature three versions, including a new category.

Amazon Scales Up and Out with New 'DynamoDB' Service

DynamoDB, based on NoSQL, uses solid-state drives to increase speed.

Salary Survey: Microsoft Developers Enjoy Good Pay, Job Satisfaction

Visual Studio Magazine's first-ever survey shows high salaries and a strong future for Microsoft-focused developers.

SQL Server Data Tools: a Model Toolset

Using SSDT means we don't just shout orders at the database; instead, we plan what we're going to say.

New Editions and Pricing for SQL Server 2012

One big change is the move from per-processor to per-core licensing.

New Deal Allows SQL to Run in Amazon Cloud

Microsoft and Amazon have agreed on a deal that will allow cheap use of Amazon's cloud resources for SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named "Denali."

Updates in Entity Framework

A primer on how to update objects, including adds and deletes, in the Entity Framework.

'Denali' Makes Way for 'SQL Server 2012'

Microsoft's next-generation database is expected in first half of 2012.

Understanding LINQ to SQL on Windows Phone 7.5

The "Mango" update to Windows Phone 7 includes LINQ to SQL abilities. Use them while building a movie review app.

A CLR Alternative to the SQL Server ISNUMERIC function

CLR functions that perform string manipulation and substring extraction perform very well in SQL Server.

Can SQL Server Punch Through the Clouds to No. 1?

SQL Azure has become a major pillar in Microsoft's cloud-based strategy.

To Think in LINQ

If you start "thinking in LINQ" you'll get more done with less code, and what you write will be simpler than using SQL.

Using Razor with Visual Basic

Build a Web site using MVC 3 and the Razor View Engine.

Scale ASP.NET Apps Through Distributed Caching

High-transaction environments can use distributed caching to boost performance without major code changes.

WCF: Creating Long-Running Services

Not all business operations finish in seconds. Using Windows Communication Foundation you can still create -- as a single project -- an application that supports business services that take hours (or days or weeks or months) to complete.

C# Practice Makes Perfect

For years, nobody cared that the legacy image-syncing application consumed as much bandwidth and processing time as it did.

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