{ ready.for.take.off.here} Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 & SQL Server 2008 Launch Wave

April 20, 2008

SQL 2008 Event in Redmond, WA

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If you’d like to get some free SQL 2008 training and are based near our Redmond, Washington headquarters, you have a great opportunity to do so.  Just follow the instructions below…

Hope to see you there!



Business Intelligence Development with SQL Server 2008

The Microsoft Business Intelligence platform offers an unparalleled end to end environment for developing BI solutions.  This two day class will provide you with the confidence to tackle a BI project and the skills needed to exploit new business intelligence features in SQL Server 2008.

This course is geared towards new and experienced BI developers.


  • Participants must have development experience with C# and/or VB.NET
  • Participants must have basic understanding of SQL and relational database technology
  • Participants must have basic understanding of MDX and OLAP technology
  • Participants must have end-user experience with Excel pivot-table and pivot-chart functionality
  • Participants must have basic understanding of SharePoint portal technology

Day 1

· Microsoft BI Strategy Overview

· Introduction to Dimensional Modeling Techniques

· Introduction to ETL Techniques Using SSIS

· Introduction to SSRS

Day 2

· Improving Integration with SSIS

· Accelerating SSAS Design and Performance

· Monitoring and Managing an SSAS Server with New Tools

· Understanding SSAS Query & Performance Improvements


Register here for the Redmond event.


April Rosario CTP Now Available

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Visual Studio Team System code name “Rosario” April 2008 CTP is now available here.  The download is a VPC image that previews the next major release of Visual Studio Team System.  The VPC includes a number of samples and walkthroughs to demonstrate some of the new features.  Notable ones include:

  • Find and fix a bug using the historical debugger
  • Identify the test impact of code changes
  • Find a bug on a separate machine using the standalone debugger
  • Using Data Generation to custom-build data for testing your database application.
  • Making and unit-testing schema and code changes in an off-line environment.
  • Performing static code analysis of your programmability objects.
  • Planning a testing effort
  • Managing an Agile schedule
  • Managing features with the CMMI Process
  • A new automated build system built on Windows Workflow Foundation, featuring dynamic build machine allocation from a machine pool and distributed build functionality

OpenXML to become ISO standard

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I’ve been talking more and more with ISVs and developers who are interested in using Office as a UI platform. And now that Visual Studio 2008 comes with Visual Studio Tools for Office installed, developing Office Business Applications (OBAs) are much easier.

One aspect of using Microsoft Office as a platform is the idea of document interchange. You can use Office Open XML as a standards-based document format. Yesterday, the Office Open XML file format received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC international standard. You can read more about Office Open XML international approval at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) site.

You may remember WordProcessingML and SpreadsheetML. Office Open XML is the formalization of a standard that began with those XML schemas. This new standard takes the next step and has incorporated feedback from companies around the world. If you have worked with WordML or any of the others, you’ll find the new standard very familiar.

Open XML Resources for developers

There are several links that you might want to check out.

I recommend the list of resources found on Doug Mahugh’s blog posting: Open XML Resources for Developers. Doug points to links on how to get started, videos, portals, developer tools. And the tools are for .NET Framework developers and Java developers.

Other resources you might want to check out include:

Microsoft Open XML SDK pre-release is available

We have two versions coming: a version 1.0 that will be released in May, and then a version 2.0 that will be available as a CTP this summer, and will be released around the time of the next major release of Office (Office “14”). You can learn more in Doug Mahugh’s posting, Roadmap for the OpenXML application programmer interface (API).

And you can get pre-release bits and documentation at the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats site.

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