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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 ]

  • 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 ]

    The .NET Show: SQL Server 2005

    Tom Rizzo and James Hamilton discuss capabilities and specific features of SQL Server 2005 that allow programmers, as well as database developers, to create better database-oriented solutions.

    The .NET Show: SQL Server 2005

    [ Via VinceX.NET's Weblog ]

    Patterns & practices Live Live! ( Enterprise Library Webcast Series )

    Patterns & practices Live is a series of webcasts that focus on patterns & practices guidance. Come learn about the content straight from the team that built it. Patterns & practices Live webcasts are free, and are part of the comprehensive list of interactive webcasts from Microsoft.

    All Webcast times are Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8:00)

    • ( 3/3/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Overview  Register

      Enterprise Library is the next generation of the patterns & practices Application Blocks. This guidance is designed to assist developers with common enterprise development challenges and will deliver the most widely used blocks into a single integrated package. Our vision is to build a broad community of customers and partners using, sharing and extending their own Application Blocks that are consistent with and integrate into the patterns & practices Enterprise Library.

    • (  3/4/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Configuration Application Block  Register

      Configuration data is a constant challenge for application development. The way in which your application handles configuration data dramatically impacts its manageability. In this webcast we will discuss the requirements for building a great configuration system and how you can leverage the configuration application block to meet these requirements.

    • ( 3/8/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Data Access Application Block  Register

      Discover how you can implement the recommended data access architecture using Enterprise Library to quickly build a robust and secure data access layer which supports connectivity to SQL Server, Oracle and DB2.

    • (  3/10/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Caching Application Block  Register

      Properly designed caching can make your system more robust and increase performance dramatically, poorly designed caching adds unnecessary overhead and provides little benefit. Learn how you can make use of the new caching application block to help lessen the demand on your back-end systems while increasing throughput.

    • ( 3/14/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Logging & Instrumentation Application Block  Register

      Properly instrumented applications are a dream to manage, they tell what is happening and when things are going wrong point you to the source of the problem quickly increasing your mean time to recovery resulting in increased system availability. In this webcast you will learn how to use the Enterprise Library logging and instrumentation block to consistently and easily build an application that tells you where it hurts.

    • (  3/17/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library Exception Handling Application Block Register

      Exceptions happen…the question is what you will do to handle them. Poorly written applications behave unpredictably when exceptions occur and often this bad behavior results in crashes or security holes. Learn how you can create exception policies that can be consistently and quickly applied in your application to insure predictability even when things go wrong.

    • ( 3/22/2005 13:00 ) Enterprise Library Cryptography Application Block  Register

      So you have a secret…what are you going to do with that credit card number, connection string or password? Stuff in a secret place and hope that no one ever finds it? Of course not, you want to encrypt it. But how? With the Enterprise Library cryptography block you can quickly encrypt and decrypt these secrets allowing you to secure them and sleep better at night.

    • ( 3/24/2005 9:00 ) Enterprise Library Security Application Block  Register

      Every enterprise needs security and within most large enterprises there are many different security systems. Discover how Enterprise Library’s security block can help you to put a consistent API in front of many different back end implementations allowing you to use these security systems without having to become an expert in them.

    • (  3/28/2005 11:00 ) Enterprise Library – Building your own application block  Register

      So you love application blocks? You want to create your own and share it with your colleagues, your enterprise…the world? Great! We want to help you. In this session we will walk through a simple application block to consider how you can build a block that integrates with the rest of Enterprise Library.

    • (  3/31/2005 11:00) Enterprise Library Applied  Register

      You stand at your manager’s door working up the courage to walk in and tell them that you want to use Enterprise Library in your next project. There are so many questions about support, licensing, maintenance and futures…good thing you listened to this webcast to understand what it means for an enterprise to adopt this library. As you listen to real examples from enterprises like yours to understand how they are managing the risks and opportunities associated with Enterprise Library

    [ via Ron Jacobs blog ]

    Microsoft Enterprise Library Logging Block compared to Log4net

    I came across this blog post today:

    Microsoft Enterprise Library Logging Block compared to Log4net

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