February 2005 - Posts
Thanks to the fine folks over at SSWUG, you can now watch and listen my Reporting Services Kickstart webcast from yesterday on-demand. It looks like the slides aren't scrolling, though, so if you're interested in following along, but sure to download PDF for that. The download link for that is a button on the bottom of the viewer Window.
I'm still waiting for the list of questions from them, so look for that follow-up early next week.
Questions, comments and suggestions welcomed here, of course.
I was blessed with the opportunity to follow one of the best .NET brains in Omaha last night -- the Phil Canarski (sp?) -- with a quick presentation on using Reporting Services's Web Services as part of a Service Oriented Integration effort. Its just amazing some the stuff that folks are doing with Reporting Services and Phil is one of them.
The highlight of night had to be my awful demonstration of C# coding skills. Maybe VB.NET really has inflicited a certain amount of “drain bamage“ on me afterall. However, it did meet my goal of saying the word “Service“ or “Services“ 93 times in an hour.
Who: The "Best of the best of the best" from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska - Al Zyck and Ravi Thoutireddy
What: Overview of BCBSNE's multi-Terabyte, 64bit, SQL Server 2000/Informatica Enterprise Data Warehouse
When: 2005-03-17 18:30:00-06:00 (that's 6:30PM Central Time, of course)
Where: Vatterott College, 11818 "I" Street, Omaha
Why: Al and/or Ravi will be covering this warehouse's Basic Design, Implementation Issues and Lessons Learned. They will be also be providing brief feedback on their evaluation of SQL Server 2005.
How: Please sign up for membership on GoSQLServer.org and respond to this poll to RSVP.
Just in case you've not been watching, Microsoft has announced the MSRP line up for SQL Server 2005, including a re-affirmation of a what's already been a great story and a huge advance in the position of the product (at least IHMO).
First off, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SSX) has been confirmed “free license to use.” That doesn't mean that its “free as in Open Source,” but free as in “you don't have to buy a CAL or CPU license for it.” SSX lacks many of the performance limitations that made MSDE less than desirable for a many reasons.
Second is the annoucement of the Workgroup Edition. I think of the as Super-SSX since it appears that the bigger differences are:
Michael Rys posts links to three key white papers on XML storage, XQuery and XML indexing internals.
What are you waiting for...? :)
He gets it and he offers a demo.
It's happening... unstructured text search. Been a long time in coming and when it gets into the hands of users look out, a whole new way to manage information.
Glen Gordon is doing a web cast on it this Thursday. Register here. It should be over before mine (on Reporting Services) if you're interested in both.
With Community Server up and going, I've created myself yet another blog at GoSQLServer.com. That one will be mostly about things related to the Users' Group and the local (Omaha) and regional (North Central District) IT community. You're welcome to subscribe to the RSS here or the Atom here.
I'm pleased to announce that the Greater Omaha SQL Server Users'Group web site has been "kicked up to notches unknown" with theintroduction of Telligent's Community Server! This means that our members can now have blogs and can engage with each other in our forums.
Interested in joining in the fun? Just log into the registration page to create yourself an account, then dive right in.Or just subscribe to our Announcement RSS feed for news about group events, then come join us.
Darshan Sighn, publisher of YukonXML posted an interested question on the SQL2005 XML newsgroup yesterday asking how to force an untyped XML instance to be like an normal XML document where there is a single root element. I'm not sure there's a way to do that just yet, short of a column constraint based in an XQuery that Darshan later posted. But our conversation brought out an interesting question from Roger Jennings; "For typed instances, isn't the document modifier superfluous?"
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