One big change is the move from per-processor to per-core licensing.
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."
A primer on how to update objects, including adds and deletes, in the Entity Framework.
Microsoft's next-generation database is expected in first half of 2012.
The "Mango" update to Windows Phone 7 includes LINQ to SQL abilities. Use them while building a movie review app.
- By Nick Randolph
CLR functions that perform string manipulation and substring extraction perform very well in SQL Server.
SQL Azure has become a major pillar in Microsoft's cloud-based strategy.
- By Andrew J. Brust
If you start "thinking in LINQ" you'll get more done with less code, and what you write will be simpler than using SQL.
Build a Web site using MVC 3 and the Razor View Engine.
High-transaction environments can use distributed caching to boost performance without major code changes.
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.
For years, nobody cared that the legacy image-syncing application consumed as much bandwidth and processing time as it did.
Microsoft this week released updates for both the current and upcoming versions of SQL Server.
Faster performance in business applications comes down to reducing the "critical two" -- disk I/O and trips to the server. Doing that means doing a lot of things right, starting with your database design -- and tweaking your ADO.NET code helps, too.
The relational model and SQL dominate today's database landscape, but NoSQL is gaining adherents in the era of "big data." But Roger Jennings says SQL and NoSQL may not be as exclusive as many developers think.
- By Roger Jennings
In part 2 of a series, On VB columnist Joe Kunk provides a Visual Basic program to generate a SQL script that clears all the data from a SQL Server database.
There are times as a developer that you will want to be able to delete all the data from a database as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, doing so may not be as easy as it seems.
Get ready to scale out SQL Azure databases beyond today's 50GB limit with the Transact-SQL and ADO.NET elastic sharding features, which are coming in the 2011 SQL Azure Federation Community Technology Previews.
- By Roger Jennings
If you're trying to decide whether to use Crystal Reports or SQL Server Reporting Services with ASP.NET, you can rest assured that there is no bad choice.
Red Gate SQL Source Control is a useful tool for SQL Server developers using TFS or Subversion, but falls short in managing database design changes.