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Welcome to Data Driver, a blog which aims to become a resource for those developing database-driven applications. And the timing couldn’t be better. Microsoft and Oracle have next generation database servers in the pipeline. We want to hear from beta testers of both platforms and here what works, what doesn’t and where you see the value proposition from a development perspective.

For .NET developers in particular, there are plenty of key features to keep an eye out for. Oracle 11g for Windows, slated for year-end delivery, will, among other things, offer improved integration with Microsoft’s Visual Studio. Meanwhile the second community test preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008, code-named Katmai, is now available for testing.

Several improvements added to the latest SQL Server 2008 CTP include new charting capabilities for the reporting services component of the database with the addition of technology acquired by Dundas Data Visualization Inc. Microsoft also added automatic page repair, designed to constantly monitor the consistency of both the primary and mirrored database, Extended Events or "X Events." a monitoring capability that not only tracks SQL Server but also has access to the operating system and can report events within that same environment, allowing a DBA to check an OS log file, for example, to determine whether a problem resulted from the system.

What do you think of these new features? Drop me a line at jschwartz@reddevnews.com.

Also you may have noticed at the 11th hour Microsoft said improvements to SQL Server 2008’s declarative management framework, or DMF were tabled for this CTP but not to worry—Microsoft says it will be ready for the next CTP which should appear sometime in September.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/08/2007 at 1:15 PM


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