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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch – PowerPivot

We just finished the SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Keynote.  That’s quite a mouthful.  One of the problems I saw with this release was that not a lot of people knew what went into it.  R2 products are strange in that people just sort of assume they are nothing more than Service Pack releases.  Well, this isn’t actually the case. There were some really cool things shown in the keynote this morning.  PowerPivot being my all-time favorite.  Excel on Analysis Services steroids would be an apt description.  Analyzing huge sets of data within Excel was sort of tricky because you…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Event – Application Lifecycle Management

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the ALM presentation later this afternoon, but luckily I was able to catch it in Montreal last week. When I think of ALM, I think of the development lifecycle of an application – whether it be agile or waterfall or whatever floats your boat – that encompasses all parts of the process.  We’ve had tools over the years that help us manage each section or iteration of the process, but there was some obvious pieces missing.  What about the SQL?  Databases are essential to pretty much all applications that get developed nowadays, yet…

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Visual Studio 2010 RTM!

Earlier this morning, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2010.  Woohoo!  here’s the jist: Watch the Keynote and Channel 9 Live here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/watch-it-live Get the real bits here (if you have an MSDN license): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/subscriptions/default.aspx Get the trial bits here: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional Web Install ISO (DVD-9) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Web Install ISO (DVD-9) Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server ISO (DVD-9) Get the Express versions here: http://www.microsoft.com/express/ All the important stuff you want/need to know about Visual Studio 2010 development: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/ff625297.aspx Enjoy!

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A Launch Event For Visual Studio

About 10 minutes ago I was told to sit down and open my laptop.  The event is about start, and the place is extremely crowded.  Barnaby Jeans is on stage doing the usual intro.  Twitter, blog, twit tweet tweet tweet #vs2010. Sean Graglia hits the stage.  Today VS2010 and .NET 4.0 were released.  It makes you a little nostalgic about the old days of development.  The way things were done, the way teams worked, the way we tested.  It’s changed quite a bit since a quarter century ago.  We used to be proud of a user interface that worked on…

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Putting the I Back into Infrastructure

Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch of the Infrastructure 2010 project.  Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept or design?  It’s not fun.  As a result, CIPS Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded together to create a massive event to help make things a little more clear.  To give you a clearer understanding of how corporate networks work.  Perhaps to explain why some decisions are made, and why in retrospect, some are bad decisions. Infrastructure 2010 is about teaching you everything there is to…

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Ultimate Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts List

Got this list in an email earlier today.  Not sure the original source, as it was a copy/paste job, but holy crap what a list.  If someone can point out where it originated I will attribute it as necessary. Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Right Shift for eight seconds: Turn Filter Keys on and off Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScn (or PrtScn): Turn High Contrast on or off Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock: Turn Mouse Keys on or off Shift five times: Turn Sticky Keys on or off Num Lock for five seconds: Turn Toggle…