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Send Rushi a Message

Posted in Sql and Xml at Monday, June 20, 2005 3:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time

From the Write Ahead Blog:

Over the past week I have been planning to launch the first open to public Service Broker. At the same time, my dev team was having a discussion regarding how we can do something cool and interesting to get the community involved in our product. So I decided to setup simple services on my public Service Broker to let people tinker around with it. This is the zeroth in a series of BrokerChalleges; zero since it requires hardly any skill, just the motivation to play with cool technology.

The challenge is pretty fun and will get you started with some Service Broker stuff. Here is the link to the instructions and if you complete the challenge your name will be posted in the Broker Hall of Fame. Have fun!

Tech*Ed 2005 Cancelled

Posted in Sql and Xml | SharePoint | General at Friday, June 3, 2005 5:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Unfortunately I had to cancel on Tech*Ed. I was looking forward to it and I didn't want to miss it. However, since Hisham and I are both on the same project and they didn't think it would work for us both to be gone for the same week. So even though I got my cool badge (staff even) in the mail, I won't be there. :(

But I will be going to PDC05 which both Euan and Fitz are already promoting. I actually started this blog right before heading to PDC03 which was a great event even though it totally overwhelmed me with tons of new stuff. Funny how two years later 90% is still in beta so I really didn't need to be overwhelmed.

So if you're going to Tech*Ed have a great time and learn some stuff for me. If not, get ready to sign up for PDC05 (5 days until the registration opens). See you in October (or maybe in September at PASS).

SQL 2005 Forums

Posted in Sql and Xml | General | Avanade at Wednesday, May 18, 2005 1:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Euan posts about the new SQL Server 2005 forums:


Along with Visual Studio we are adding the option of support of the CTP program via Web Based forums in addition to the traditional newsgroups, we’d love to hear any feedback on the system.

And Niels responds over at Managed Data:

Euan posted the above about new forums for SQL Server 2005 stuff. I am subscribed, but I rather have newsgroups only. Anyway, I'm probably just old-fashioned. What are your thoughts regarding spreading the community between web-forums, newsgroups etc???

I used to take the newsgroup-only position. However, since my previous employer blocked all newsgroup access and since at my current job most of the clients block newsgroup access, I haven't visited a newsgroup for quite some time. I probably should spend more time in the newsgroups (especially if I want to keep my MVP status (which I do)), but it just isn't as practical for me as it used to be.

On the other hand, I really don't like web based forums. They are too slow and feel clunky. Newsgroups and newsreaders seem much easier to use and I spend less time waiting on the software. So I'm still waiting on a good solution that combines the ease and speed of newsgroups with the accessibility of the web. Just my $.02...

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4

Posted in Sql and Xml at Friday, May 6, 2005 8:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time

You can download sp4 here.

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) adds platform support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, allowing 32-bit SQL Server 2000 applications to run on 64-bit platforms using the Windows on Windows emulator (WOW64). SP4 addresses specific issues discovered in SQL Server 2000 since its ship date. SP4 is also the first service pack to service the 64-bit edition of SQL Server.

SQL Server 2000 SP4:

  • Includes a new version of MSXML version 3.0 SP6. With SP4, the OPENXML statement is updated to use a custom-built XML parsing technology designed to be backward compatible with MSXML 2.6.
  • Includes MDAC 2.8 SP1 except for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 platforms, where it is included with the operating system service packs for those platforms.

Career Opportunity

Posted in Sql and Xml | Reporting Services | SharePoint | BizTalk | General | ASP.Net/Web Services | Avanade at Thursday, May 5, 2005 7:44 AM Pacific Daylight Time

I've been working for Avanade for about two months now, and I really like it. I've gotten a few emails from people who are interviewing with the company and want to know what it is like. It is a great company to work for, especially if you like working with Microsoft technology. In fact, Gartner just released a publication that listed Avanade as one of the “cool” vendors (along with three other companies). The big issue with working for Avanade is that you will travel. How much depends on what region you work for. The region that I work for, the west region, has a lot of work in each area so the traveling I do is all close by (at least so far).

The west region is also looking to hire developers (especially in SoCal). So if you live in the Western US, like to work with MS technologies, and don't mind some travel, this is a great opportunity. The company is mainly looking for .NET developers with skills in other MS products like SQL Server, BizTalk, SharePoint, Reporting Services, etc.

If you're interested, send your resume to me and I'll pass it along to the right person.

Some of the benefits of working for Avanade include things like $1000 every six months to spend on gadgets and a trip to one major conference per year. They want all developers to get MCSD certified and will pay for your training materials and exams (pass or fail). You are also allocated three weeks per year for training and this is allocated in the same way that vacations are allocated. Plus you get to work with a bunch of great people and have a lot of fun.

Here is a basic job description:

Short Description : Join Avanade and you will be part of a premier consulting organization focused on the Microsoft
enterprise suite. You will help build reliable, scalable solutions.

Description : Avanade is the only global technology integrator dedicated to the Microsoft enterprise platform. Avanade helps customers use Microsoft technology to cut costs and improve business results through standardization, consolidation, and integration of IT infrastructure and applications.

As a Developer, your focus will be developing and testing mission critical enterprise solutions. You will build management, technical and planning skills by participating in internal development projects. You will improve your abilities to think creatively and design solutions.


  • Participate in business requirements gathering and rules definition.
  • Participate in design of desktop and web-based application architecture.
  • Develop components/modules/scripts implementing business process rules.
  • Perform code walk-through of software components.
  • Document software components sufficient for on-going support and enhancement.
  • Effectively communicate status of tasks and projects

Minimum Requirements:

You will be degree qualified with excellent communication skills and will have hands-on experience working on component based applications in a distributed environment. Qualified candidates should possess:

  • 1+ year technology consulting
  • 2 to 4+ years as a programmer
  • 1+ years experience with C#
  • Deep MS platform Skills
  • .NET Framework
  • Full lifecycle experience developing large scale, scaleable applications
  • Willing to travel

Preferred Requirements:

  • MCSD Certification


The Carrot

Posted in Sql and Xml | Reporting Services | BizTalk | ASP.Net/Web Services at Wednesday, April 27, 2005 4:49 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Are you ready to learn about SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk 2004/2006, but you lack the motivation required to take on this monstrous task?

I present to you: the carrot.

[L]ast years developer competition was so much fun we are doing it again but bigger. This time in conjunction with SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio.NET there is a joint connected systems developer competition.  The top prize is only $50,000.  Check out the details here.

Nice. Now you just need to come up with an entry. That shouldn't be too hard as there are fifteen categories:

    1. Best Extension of a SQL Server 2005 database using the SQLCLR
    2. Best integrated application using XML in SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005
    3. Best Application using the Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2005
    4. Best extension of a video gaming experience using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005
    5. Best I-Worker solution using Microsoft Office System and Visual Studio Tools Office
    6. Best integrated/SOA application utilizing SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk
    7. Best SmartPhone application using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server Mobile Edition
    8. Best Tool to provide additional functionality to SQL Server 2005
    9. Best Occasionally Connected Smart Client Application using SQL Server 2005 Data
    10. Best use of Managed DirectX, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server Express
    11. Best Visual Studio 2005 PowerToy utilizing SQL Server Express
    12. Best extension of Visual Web Developer and the Personal Web Site Starter Kit
    13. Best sample demonstrating key functionality not already included in the BizTalk Server SDK
    14. Best BizTalk adapter not already supplied by Microsoft or other adapter vendors
    15. Best implementation of a generic pattern on the BizTalk Server platform

I think those categories cover just about every possible app you could build and they probably will help you think up some connected app to create as an entry. Good luck and have fun!

Service Broker Admin Tool

Posted in Sql and Xml at Tuesday, April 26, 2005 3:19 AM Pacific Daylight Time

One of the features of SQL Server 2005 that I'm hoping to dig into is the Service Broker. Since I've been following Yukon for quite some time I've seen a lot of presentations on Service Broker: what is it, how it works, etc. But everything relating to it has always been done by writing SQL scripts. That's about to change since Niels Berglund wrote a GUI for managing Service Broker [via Rushi Desai].

SSB Admin is a GUI application for managing and creating SQL Server 2005 Service Broker (SSB) Objects on networked SQL Server 2005 Servers. Some of the features of the product are:

  • Viewing networked SQL Server 2005 instances and their SSB objects.
  • Creating new SSB objects through a GUI.
  • Deploying SSB Objects to other instances/databases than where they originally were created.
  • Sending messages between services and on conversations.
  • View messages.

If anyone is interested in testing it, you can download it from here.

Looks very promising...

OpenXML now with MSXML 3.0

Posted in Sql and Xml at Monday, April 25, 2005 5:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time

From Dr. Rys:

As part of our improvements on OpenXML, we have changed the MSXML component from 2.6 to 3.0 (running in 2.6 backwards-compatibility mode) and moved to a private DLL (called MSXMLSQL.DLL) in order to avoid the reboot requirement when installing SQL Server 2005. This change has been released the first time in the April CTP and will also be included in SQL Server 2000 SP4 (yeah!).

I'm hoping that once I solve my server issue that I'll be able to explore SQL Server 2005 in earnest. But I'm excited to see that some of the improvements made in 2005 will also be showing up in 2000. I think this is a smart move and it shows that MS is committed to both products

Happy Birthday To Me!

Posted in Sql and Xml | General | ASP.Net/Web Services at Monday, April 18, 2005 5:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time

What a great birthday present!

REDMOND, Wash. -- April 18, 2005 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced availability of Visual Studio® 2005 Beta 2, Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2 and the SQL Server (TM) 2005 April Community Technology Preview (CTP), the latest milestone in delivering these products to customers. Together, the products provide a deeply integrated development and data management platform, enabling customers to utilize existing skills and familiar tools to harness data in powerful new ways that increase productivity and efficiency. Several early adopters such as ABS-CBN Interactive, ORF and Townsend Analytics Ltd. have deployed these products in their production environments to reap the benefits of close tool and database integration. Because of broad customer demand to work with these prerelease products today, Microsoft also announced the Microsoft Go-Live license program for customers interested in deploying Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition immediately. Microsoft and multiple partners today also announced plans to provide customers with educational resources that will help them prepare for the launch of these two products.


I'm downloading both right now. Looks like it's time to get serious about starting to work with these two...

Things to Read and Watch

Posted in Sql and Xml | SharePoint | General | Avanade at Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:33 AM Pacific Standard Time

Since I'm starting at Avanade on Monday, I've been doing some reading and watching to prepare myself a little for the job. Namely, I've been watching all the Enterprise Library webcasts.

I also wanted to make sure I find time in the near future to read and watch:

So this is a reminder for myself so that I can find all these later on...

Update: There are also hands-on labs for that go with the Enterprise Library webcasts here [via Scott Densmore]. After watching the Logging Application Block webcast I decided to add it into an existing application so that some of the other developers could get emails when the processed failed. It took me about five minutes to add it. Watching the webcast made the job easy for me.

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