Regardless of the future of the Microsoft ecosystem (and those latest quarterly numbers should slow the naysayers some), data developers can rest easy knowing their SQL Server skills are transferable in the New Data Order.
Posted by David Ramel on 11/07/2013 at 12:50 PM0 comments
Microsoft today announced the availability of SQL Server 2014 CTP2, a near-final version highlighted by new in-memory capabilities formerly called Project Hekaton.
Posted by David Ramel on 10/16/2013 at 11:21 AM0 comments
Microsoft last week updated its latest WCF Data Services version so it will work with Entity Framework 6.
Rather than requiring the download of a new WCF DS version, the update to version 5.6.0 comes in the form of an out-of-band alpha1 NuGet package called, appropriately, WCF Data Services Entity Framework Provider.
Posted by David Ramel on 10/10/2013 at 6:41 AM0 comments
I was dropped by my previous auto insurance company for a couple of at-fault accidents on my wife's driving record.
Trouble was, she was not involved in those accidents in any way. They happened to somebody else and somehow got on her report from a data collection company used by the insurer. And, try as I might, I could not convince the insurance company of this. I provided the company with a note from my previous insurer confirming that those accidents were not hers. I even provided an official driving record from the state showing those weren't her accidents. It didn't make any difference to the insurance company (as much as I'd like to see the company burned to the ground in an agonizing bankruptcy, I won't name it, but it definitely wasn't on my side). The accidents were on the ChoicePoint report--that's all that mattered.
Posted by David Ramel on 09/19/2013 at 6:47 AM0 comments
Microsoft may have been late to the cloud party, but its Windows Azure ranks near the top when it comes to popularity for data-related development, according to a new survey from Forrester.
Posted by David Ramel on 09/05/2013 at 1:57 PM0 comments
The Microsoft Entity Framework has a spotty history of inconsistent release strategies, lagging feature requests and other issues, but things seem to be getting better with new leadership and even community contributions since it went open source.
Posted by David Ramel on 08/22/2013 at 8:00 AM0 comments
Here's a troublesome aspect of the Big Data revolution I didn't expect: the melding of mind and machine. IBM yesterday unveiled a completely new computer programming architecture to help process vast amounts of data, modeled on the human brain.
Posted by David Ramel on 08/09/2013 at 2:53 PM0 comments
The SQL Server community this week engaged in a lively debate about limitations of the 2014 Standard Edition and Microsoft licensing practices.
The discussion--highlighted on Hacker News--was sparked by a post by database consultant/blogger Brent Ozar, titled "SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition Sucks, and It’s All Your Fault."
Posted by David Ramel on 07/31/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments
Microsoft on Tuesday announced the availability of a Premium preview for Windows Azure SQL Database with beefed-up features for cloud-based business-class applications. More
Posted by David Ramel on 07/25/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments
Big Data is the future, Hadoop is the tool and Hortonworks is the partner to help Microsoft help businesses navigate the coming sea change in the way they operate. That's the takeaway I got from Microsoft exec Quentin Clark in his keynote address at the recent Hadoop Summit North America held in San Jose, Calif.
Posted by David Ramel on 07/11/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments
The latest version of Microsoft's flagship Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) is offered in two versions: the regular SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 and the cloud-based SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 on Windows Azure, both from the TechNet Evaluation Center. The announcement comes one day before the BUILD 2013 developer's conference in San Francisco.
The Windows Azure cloud was first and foremost in Microsoft's messaging about the new software, touting the company's "Cloud OS." "Microsoft has made a big bet on what we call our cloud-first design principles," said Brad Anderson, corporate VP, in a blog post discussing the new previews.
"SQL Server 2014 features in-memory processing for applications ("Hekaton"), as well as data warehousing and business intelligence," Anderson said. "SQL Server 2014 also enables new hybrid scenarios like AlwaysOn availability, cloud backup and disaster recovery. It lives in Windows Azure and can be easily migrated to the cloud from on-premises."
Along with SQL Server 2014, Microsoft announced the availability of previews for Windows Server and System Center, both as 2012 R2 versions.
The SQL Server 2014 CTP will expire after 180 days or on Dec. 31, 2013, whichever comes first. Download options include an ISO DVD image, CAB file or Azure version. Microsoft recommends the ISO or CAB version to test the software's new in-memory capabilities.
Posted by David Ramel on 06/25/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments
I guess I've done my part to fuel Big Data hype by writing about Big Data hype--it's kind of a vicious circle. But it's a significant milestone and indication that it's gone beyond hype and is here to stay when the term is entered into the Oxford English Dictionary. More
Posted by David Ramel on 06/21/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments