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Are you ready to experience SQL Server 2005?

Announcing the launch of the SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands on labs. In these labs, you will get to experience many of the new features in SQL Server 2005 including CLR integration, XML support and deep business intelligence integration.

Just follow the link and experience SQL Server 2005 for yourself

Step into the SQL Server 2005 Virtual Lab for Free

It’s simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try out SQL Server 2005 running in the full-featured MSDN Virtual Lab. As part of the MSDN Virtual Lab, you will have full access to SQL Server 2005 through the following modules:

  • SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
  • SQL Server 2005 Introduction to SQL Server Management Studio
  • SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
  • SQL Server 2005 Server Management Objects
  • SQL Server 2005 SQL CLR Integration
  • SQL Server 2005 SQL Query Tuning
  • SQL Server 2005 SQL Server and ADO.NET (Lab A)
  • SQL Server 2005 SQL Server and ADO.NET (Lab B)
  • SQL Server 2005 T-SQL Enhancements
  • SQL Server 2005 Web Services
  • SQL Server 2005 XML Capabilites

    You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks at any time.

    Registration link:

    [ Via David Crawford's WebLog ]

  • Log4net Viewer has moved to Project Distributor

    Log4net Viewer has moved to Project Distributor

    Download Log4Net Viewer

    Another cool tool from Microsoft

    LibCheck allows you to compare two versions of an assembly, and determine the differences. The tool reports the differences as a combination of ‘added’ and ‘removed’ APIs. The tool is limited to looking only at APIs (i.e., it can’t check for behavioral changes), and only compares public differences, or changes which are deemed to be ‘breaking.’ The tool can be used to quickly determine what has changed between one version of your assembly and another, and can help ensure that you won’t introduce any breaking changes to clients of your assembly.

    [ Download LibCheck ]

    Tutorials on using the application blocks in the Enterprise Library

    There are interesting tutorials by David Hayden

    Comments on the Enterprise Library Logging Block/Log4Net feature and performance comparison

    A lot of people have heard about the discussion between log4net and the Enterprise Library Logging Block.

    The Enterprise Library Product Manager, Tom Hollander, has posted a write-up .

    Go take a look.

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