.NET developers are database developers. Whether using ADO.NET, the Entity Framework or data binding, .NET devs work with transactional data as a matter of course.
- By Andrew J. Brust
Custom proximity search, a new feature in SQL Server 2012 Full-Text Search, is facilitated using the NEAR operator.
Upgrades include improved business intelligence capabilities, Reporting Services support for SharePoint.
We're almost at the end of 2012, and it's been an amazing year for Microsoft product releases.
FileTables, a new feature introduced in SQL Server 2012, is a unique table that reflects metadata of files in a specified folder.
Tracking down performance problems in your application can be a frustrating experience. Reduce your stress levels with custom counters.
- By Benjamin Day
When fewer SQL Server columns does not mean better performance.
Set up and use create a simple Windows Phone program that connects to Azure Mobile Services.
- By Nick Randolph
It's not clear when the service will be rolled out as a final release.
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.
- By Roger Jennings
Accessing a customer relationship management system with a custom .NET application can add important functionality.
On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.
- By Andrew J. Brust
The service is free until Aug. 1.
By adding IaaS to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) portfolio, Microsoft is also mounting its most formidable challenge yet to Amazon Web Services.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
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.
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
The cloud wars heat up as Amazon promises easier deployment and scalability for database and application developers.
The "release candidate" of Windows Server 2012 is expected at about the same time.
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.
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.
- By John K. Waters