WCF Data Services Catches Up to Entity Framework 6

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 10/10/2013 at 6:41 AM0 comments


Dangers of Big Data

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 09/19/2013 at 6:47 AM0 comments


Microsoft Hangs Tough with Cloud Data Developers

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 09/05/2013 at 1:57 PM0 comments


Entity Framework Gets Open Source Boost

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 08/22/2013 at 8:00 AM0 comments


'Brain in a Box' Gets Us One Step Closer to the Borg

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 08/09/2013 at 2:53 PM0 comments


Is Microsoft 'Turning the Screws' on SQL Server Standard Edition Users?

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."

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Posted by David Ramel on 07/31/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments


Premium Preview for SQL Database Now Available

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 07/25/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments


Microsoft Going All In with Hadoop and Hortonworks

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 07/11/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments


SQL Server 2014 Preview Available

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


Big Data Just Keeps Getting Bigger

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.

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Posted by David Ramel on 06/21/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments


More Details on SQL Server 2014 In-Memory Capabilities

More details are emerging about in-memory capabilities in the new SQL Server 2014, announced at the recent TechEd 2013 conference.

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Posted by David Ramel on 06/13/2013 at 1:15 PM0 comments


Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2014

Microsoft today announced SQL Server 2014, designed with "cloud-first principles" and featuring built-in, in-memory OLTP and a focus on real-time, Big Data-style analytics. No specific realease date was provided in the announcement.

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Posted by David Ramel on 06/04/2013 at 9:03 AM0 comments


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