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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

April, 2006

  • Business Intelligence Development Studio Licensing

    I had a question from a customer yesterday about how many copies of Business Intelligence Development Studio they get when buying SQL Server 2005. The answer to this question is as many as you like. The install CD that comes with SQL Server can be...
  • Download SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack

    With the SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack you get the following tools: Microsoft ADOMD.NET Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2 Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for MOM 2005 Microsoft SQL Server 2000...
  • Coding with your voice

    A new tool has been revealed called VoiceCode that allows programmers to code using their voice. It seems like a great way of coding. The tool was created to help prevent RSI which affects 22% of coders. At the moment, it looks like it is only available...
  • Project REAL - Learnings from BI deployment

    I am currently making my way through the series of articles that have been produced as part of Project REAL, and wanted to give it some deserved blogtime so those of you who are thinking about deploying/upgrading to SQL Server 2005 and the Microsoft Business...
  • UK Traffic Apps

    I came across this cool application which uses the new AJAX capabilities in .NET. "Atlas" as it's called allows the browser to make requests for information in the background without affecting the user's experience. In the example I found, Atlas is...
  • Drive the streets of San Fran

    I stumbled across this little gem today. It's a technology preview app using AJAX and Virtual Earth that allows you to navigate the streets of San Fran and Seattle as if you were there yourself. It's pretty neat, and I guess it would be useful before...
  • Free SQL Server & BI E-Learning Courses

    Want to upgrade your SQL Server 2000 skills to 2005? Curious about what SQL Server 2005 can offer your business? You need to check out the free E-Learning courses from Microsoft. Follow the link below and scroll to the bottom for SQL Server 2005 courses...
  • Do you want to change how long it takes to Deploy a Windows Server Into Production?

    Putting any server into production in today's IT environments is complex, with magnitudes of variables. For example, if your role is to design an architecture for an IT service, you know your design decision can vary based on your business needs and service...
  • Free Business Scorecard Manager 2005 Online Training

    These free online training courses for Business Scorecard Manager 2005 are available for anyone to view: New this week! BSM for business decision makers New this week! Deploying Scorecards to SharePoint Introduction to Business Scorecard Manager...
  • SQL Server 2005 SP1 now available!

    Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cb6c71ea-d649-47ff-9176-e7cac58fd4bc&DisplayLang=en
  • ProClarity

    Last thing yesterday (UK time), Microsoft announced the aquistion of the BI analytics company, ProClarity . Since 1995, they have built up an impressive portfolio of analytical and dashboard tools that harness and build upon the capabilities SQL Server...
  • SQL Server 2005 Webcasts and Virtual Labs

    Want to check out SQL Server 2005 capabilities and features? Want to get access to a no-install sandbox where you can play around with the software yourself? Check out the webcasts and virtual labs targetted at IT Pros and Developers here: http://www...