Microsoft Announces SQL Server Data Services (SSDS)!

Cool things are coming out of Mix08!

There’s even something there for we database people: SQL Server Data Services.

From Neil Hutson’s blog:

SSDS you can think of as a structured data store in the cloud(building block service), which is accessed using Internet protocols using a basic data manipulation language. SSDS is for developers and businesses that need scalable, easily programmable, and cost-effective data storage with robust database query capabilities. Pretty cool.

:{> Andy

Microsoft and Open Source: This Changes Things

There was a pretty big announcement from Microsoft yesterday: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability.

To quote Steve Ballmer:

Number one, we’re committing to ensure open connections for our high volume products. Number two, we’re committing to promote data portability for our high volume products. Number three, we’re committing to enhancing Microsoft’s support for industry standards. And four, we’re committing to fostering a more open engagement with industry, as well as the open source software community.

Andy’s Guestimate du jour: This will likely impact database development. I’m interested in your thoughts: What do you think?

:{> Andy

DreamSpark: Free Software for Students

This is cool! Microsoft is giving away software – including SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, Windows 2003 Standard Edition, and Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 Professional Editions – to college students.

It’s called DreamSpark and it puts professional software tools in the hands of students interested in learning more about designing and developing solutions.

From the website:

Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

Great idea!

:{> Andy

Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition

Gert and team announce the availability of Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition!

Cool new stuff includes a couple new test conditions, file- and XML-based data generators, and (my favorite) SQL Static Code Analysis integrated into MSBuild / Team Build!

Download page:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=73ba5038-8e37-4c8e-812b-db14ede2c354&displaylang=en

Installer download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/b/8/fb8d1c0d-c0c4-4004-ab86-12396b2a3ee3/VSTSDB2008PT.msi

Documentation download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/b/8/fb8d1c0d-c0c4-4004-ab86-12396b2a3ee3/Power Tools 2008.doc

Great work Team!

:{> Andy

Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition

Gert and team announce the availability of Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition!

Cool new stuff includes a couple new test conditions, file- and XML-based data generators, and (my favorite) SQL Static Code Analysis integrated into MSBuild / Team Build!

Download page:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=73ba5038-8e37-4c8e-812b-db14ede2c354&displaylang=en

Installer download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/b/8/fb8d1c0d-c0c4-4004-ab86-12396b2a3ee3/VSTSDB2008PT.msi

Documentation download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/b/8/fb8d1c0d-c0c4-4004-ab86-12396b2a3ee3/Power Tools 2008.doc

Great work Team!

:{> Andy