Friday, May 30, 2008

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I have been with this site for the past several years and my experience has been great. Their support system works great. I am not sure how they compare with others price-wise, but who cares, the service is great.

I wish they would give me SQL Server support for free but for the price I pay I only get MS Access. However if you are signing up new you could get SQL Server free for a limited time.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Read all my recent articles and postings on SQL Server 2008

Here is list of my SQL Serer 2008 (CTP5, CTP6) related articles and postings.

One more CTP to go before the finish line?

Connecting to Oracle 10G from SQL Server 2008

Jumpstart your SSRS 2008 skills

Accessing Report Via SSIS 2008 - ActiveX to the rescue

Free loader event

Copy Database Wizard in SQL Server 2008

Workaround before a patch,Connecting to SQL server 2008 natively

Integration Services 2008 - Bug 1

Integration Services 2008 - Bug 1

New data flow destination in SSIS 2008

New Data source items in SSIS 2008

Easy migration from 2005 to 2008

Installing sQL Server 2008

Teething troubles with SQL Server 2008

Is there going to be another SQL Server 2008 CTP?

The final release of a product will appear after the CTP's are exhausted. From what I read there may be another CTP before the final release of SQL Server 2008.

I quote [excerpted in part] from the following link:

"After the February CTP we are expecting to release another CTP that is designed to be mostly bug fixes found by us or reported by the community. That CTP, depending on feedback and other evaluations, might be the final CTP for this release.

So what does all this mean to you?

In simple terms, it means that the February CTP is the release that you want to try out and test drive as hard as possible. It is feature complete, fairly high quality and it is possibly the last chance before the final CTP to get us any feedback that could be incorporated into the final product aside from critical ship-stoppers. Your feedback is very important and helps us assess our level of readiness to ship. Now is the time to provide input.

So, that’s it for now….. not a blog, just an update with lots of bad spelling I can call my blog post …. J

Hopefully this update was useful and if so, I will send another one as we get closer to the final build ….

Ariel Netz
Group Program Manager
Analysis Services"

Saturday, May 24, 2008

OLAP related articles that may interest you

I wrote these articles during the reign of SQL Server 2000 and may be of some relevance to some at least.

Have you ever wanted to take a closer look at OLAP cubes? If so, you have come to the right article. A subset of the fine details of the highly structured OLAP cube is probed in this tutorial using Visual Basic.

Have you ever wondered how to access data for an SQL 2000 Analysis server from Microsoft's Excel program? This article will show you a step-by-step procedure.The main objective of this article is to show a step-by-step procedure for accessing data for an SQL 2000 Analysis server from Microsoft Excel. Data access can also be accomplished by VB, Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE, and by running Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) queries against an Analysis server. Before getting into the nuts and bolts of this a few clarifications are in order as to the location and origin of the data.

Most of the time the interest is in generating reports in the form of hard copies, or interactive reports that can be generated on the fly on client platforms, or reports that can be seen on a web page. There are many options for generating reports such as MS Access, Crystal Reports, Designer objects in VB, SQL Reporting Services, Actuate, and so forth. This tutorial is a step-by-step guide to generating reports from an OLAP server such as Microsoft's Analysis Server using Crystal Reports (ver. 8.5)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Web Accessibility Initiative-Accessible Rich Internet Applications

WIA-ARIA for short is targeted to assist users with disabilities to enjoy the web to the full extent. This initiative provides defined ways and means for users with disabilities [using screen readers, inability to use mouse, only keyboard etc] who use assistive technologies to access the web meaningfully.

The identified problems with assistive technologies are that sometimes disabled users are unable to interact with the web page items especially those that are related to dynamic web content such as AJAX, Javascript, DHTML and related technologies.

WAI-ARIA provides the information necessary for the assistive technologies to effectively interact with these new web features.

If you are a web developer and interested in using this very important development you should visit the following link.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Do all you can to help victims of this tragedy

Cyclone Nargis left death and destruction in its wake. The tragedy is real although it took place thousands of miles from here. There are innumerable ways you can help. Beware of the scam artists who may utilize this opportunity. Filter them out as best as you can.

I usually go thorough UNICEF although I do not what their overhead is.

Get started with Reporting Services 2008

Jump start on Reporting Services using Visual Studio 2008 and a MS SQL Server Compact 3.5 database. All you need to do is to follow the steps. This one uses a Windows Form.

Review the following article :

Creating a Simple Report with Visual Studio 2008

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