The Industry Insiders

Insight from the heart of the IT industry

May, 2008

  • PowerShell in SQL Server 2008

    At the time of writing SQL Server 2008 is currently at the Community Technology Preview (CTP) stage. CTP 6 was delivered in February 2008 and includes a PowerShell provider. In this article I will explain what PowerShell is, why a PowerShell provider...
  • Representation of data in Sharepoint

    Let’s be honest - it can be frustrating and difficult to have conversations with users over things like report colour, graphics and so on. For some very bright technically-focused people, a real pain point is the ‘soft stuff’ regarding the presentation...
  • What’s new in SQL Server 2008 - dilemmas!

    The other week I was asked by Colin Mackay of Scottish Developers to do a 15 minute talk on “What’s new in SQL Server 2008” for the Community Launch of Visual Studio 2008 and Windows 2008 in Glasgow. So I set about putting some slides together in Power...
  • Data Presentation in Sharepoint

    Jennifer Stirrup from Aspective has written another great business intelligence article for us on her experiences of presenting data in SharePoint . Jennifer rightly points out that getting the numbers right is not enough, easy to understand and compelling...
  • The Dilemma of Presenting SQL Server 2008

    Martin Bell runs the Scottish Area meetings of the UK SQL Server User Group , discusses the problems of deciding what to present on SQL Server 2008 to a bunch of developers in this entertaining article .
  • ActiveSynching Between Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Mobile 6

    Adrian Beasley General Inspired by recent TechNet sessions and User Group meetings, where I heard expounded the wonders of Windows Mobile 6, and its close integration with Exchange Server 2007, I bought a top-of-the range mobile phone, an HTC TyTN11...
  • Setting up ActiveSync Between Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Mobile 6

    Adrian Beasley sent me this article the other day explaining how he managed to connect his Windows mobile 6 phone to connect to Exchange Server 2007. It's certainly worth a read if you're struggling to get connectied and are running out of ideas.....
  • An introduction to Powershell for SQL Server 2008

    Although I understand what Powershell is I didn't understand really get it until I worked with James on our last TechNet road shows. I did know that there were special extensions and support for it in SQL Server 2008, so I suggested to our good friend...
  • Time for a Date?

    As a DBA I wear many hats! If I had to choose a hat for my data architect role it would probably be a nice white panama, the sort you see in the Agatha Christie re-runs on ITV3, but I digress!. As a data architect you extol the virtues of “correctly...
  • Time and Relative Dates in SQL Server 2008 (TARDIS)

    Martin Bell , MVP and time lord has been getting to the bottom of the new date and time data types in SQL Server 2008 in this practical and useful article .
  • Martin Bell

    Martin Bell has been a freelance computer consultant in the UK for over 23 years. He has worked on many relational database systems and since 1998 has specialized in SQL Server. He was first awarded Microsoft MVP (SQL Server) status in June 2003. He runs...