Whidbey / Yukon Gripes

Permit me a quick whinge: Three basic features of NUnit that aren't replicated in VSTS unit testing: link [blogs.msdn.com] SQL2005 backup maintenance plans don't support auto-cleanup from subdirectories (as in SQL2000):link [blogs.msdn.com] SQL2005 scripting options

They're Here!

Bin your betas, cast aside your CTPs!  RTM versions of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 are now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. W00t! Fill yer boots!


Last week I had the pleasure of attending a two-day MSDN event in Harrogate focusing on the upcoming Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 releases. It was one of the better and more enjoyable MSDN roadshows I've been on,

When "Reports" Aren't Enough

Can anyone give me some pointers as to what business reporting / analytics tools and packages should be used when Reporting Services and Excel are insufficient? Following the successful deployment of a new application at work in August, we (that is,

SQL Server Best Practices Analyser Tool

Via Eric G. Harrison - MS have developed a SQL Server Best Practices Analyser Tool. It's like a cross between FxCop and Baseline Security Analyser, for SQL Server. Very useful. I just downloaded it, ran it against some of my

70-320 is Tough

Flush from my recent success on the 70-229 SQL Server exam I've been studying for 70-320 - XML Web Services and Server Components, the syllabus of which is much tougher!  Maybe it's just that I have been using SQL