SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition – Community Technical Preview available for download.
This is the first release of Express Manager – new database management tool for Express.
Check out http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/sql/

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How to convert older VS .NET projects to MSBuild

There are plenty of reasons you might want to programmatically convert projects from VS7 format to MSBuild format. Maybe you have a bunch of old .csproj files and you’d like to convert them in batch. Maybe you’d like to keep your projects in VS7 format and convert them to MSBuild format on the fly. These are definitely Hack-the-Build-worthy pursuits, so let’s dig in.MSBuild ships with an assembly called Microsoft.Build.Conversion.dll which contains the code that Visual Studio .NET 2005 uses to convert older C# and VB projects into MSBuild format (unfortunately C++ is not supported).

Hack the Build: Converting Older VS .NET Projects to MSBuild

Re-Built From the Ground Up

The new release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS – formally known as Enterprise Manager) is virtually a complete re-write of the tool set. SSMS uses a specialized version of the Visual Studio shell as the host for management tools. This architectural change removed many of the limitations the prior Microsoft Management Console (MMC) for an integrated environment that includes the management dialogs, query editor, templates, script projects, log viewers, and other tools that make up Management Studio. SSMS is also a testament to the .Net framework since more than 90% of the code uses managed code.
SSMS integrates management for all the SQL Server 2005 services: Database Engine, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Integration Services (DTS), and SQL Server Mobile. SSMS is now the one tool to rule then all.
SSMS uses threaded operations so that the user interface is not blocked by complex operations. In addition, most of the dialogs in SSMS are non-model which means that you can have multiple dialogs and property windows open at one time to compare and contrast settings between service instances.

MSDN Webcast: Introducing the New SQL Server Management Studio

VisualCron

VisualCron is windows-based program that works like the integrated task scheduler but have more features and flexibility. VisualCron is based on the Unix/Linux version of cron. Above all, the interface of VisualCron is very easy to use.

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