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On March 19th we will be having our next evening of laerning with none other thana Glenn Berry Principal Consultant with SQLskills.Unless you've got all your databases running in the cloud, storage is still important and so is knowledge on how it wor...
posted on 19/02/2015 10:15
Hold the presses! On February 5th, Karen Lopez and Thomas LaRock will be in Belgium for one night only and yes, we managed to convince them to give a Session. called "Database Design Throwdown"Are you opinionated? Are you usually right? Do you k...
posted on 12/01/2015 11:57
On 15/01/2015, Jeffrey verheul will be bring us a session on how to speed up your ETL using CDC.Datasets used for applications and analysis are growing larger every day. And even though hardware is getting cheaper, this gives us the same challen...
posted on 02/12/2014 11:54
Big data is the marketing term du jour, but what is it really? As a broad umbrella term, it can be misleading, and many so-called “big data problems” are what I would call many data problems. In this session, I will take you through big d...
posted on 09/04/2014 14:52
Since SQL Server In-Memory OLTP was unveiled last November, there has been a lot of conversation and buzz about it. The new SQL Server 2014 introduces memory-optimized database technology for optimizing the performance of OLTP workloads. In particula...
posted on 03/04/2014 18:36

What's Going on in the community?

I’ve been an active member of the Microsoft developer community* for many years now and in that time one of my frustrations has been numerous futile attempts to get new features into SQL Server and SQL Server Integration Services. As of today, 27th M...
Source: Jamie Thomson (SSIS Junkie) (27/03/2015 12:48)
The Power BI team have released details of their March update to the standalone Power BI designer. You’ll find details of the update here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/03/26/7-new-updates-to-the-power-bi-designer-preview-march-2015.a...
Source: Greg Low (27/03/2015 00:47)
I revised several of the queries this month in all five versions of the script.  Once again, the main enhancements are additional comments and documentation about the queries, including more information about how to interpret the results.  ...
Source: Glenn Berry (26/03/2015 23:03)
With apologies to The Beatles, the theme song that’s been stuck in my head this month goes something like this, Learn, learn, learn There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done Nothing you can build that can’t be built Nothing you can learn that can...
Source: Stacia Misner (26/03/2015 20:37)
Can I upgrade an existing instance without migrating? This is nothing against SQL Server 2014, but I can’t stand in-place upgrades. Over the years I’ve had in-place upgrades work flawlessly on a few instances, and then had an install issu...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (26/03/2015 14:00)
In December 2011 I wrote a blog post entitled Querying RSS feed subscriber count on Google Reader using Data Explorer? in which I used a product called Data Explorer, that was in beta at the time, to find out how many people subscribed on Google Read...
Source: Jamie Thomson (SSIS Junkie) (25/03/2015 21:05)
Stop. Before you think about upgrading your existing SQL Server to the latest version, think it through. Your hardware is old. Even if it’s just a couple of years old, the latest advances in processors, memory, and storage mean it’s ̷...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (25/03/2015 14:15)
First, decide what you want to get really good at. Then try to break it in many possible ways and analyze why it broke. The more you break something, the more you’ll understand it. I use this technique all the time. Last … Continue readin...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (24/03/2015 14:00)
Cool and informative articles about SQL Server performance relating to query optimization phases, observer overhead due to monitoring, and secret behaviors of SP_Updatestats. The post ICYMI: Query Optimization Phases, Observer Overhead, and Secrets o...
Source: Kevin Kline (23/03/2015 16:16)
Ever wonder how somebody else does it? Watch over my shoulder for this beautifully recorded one-hour session at SQLRally Nordic in Copenhagen from a couple weeks ago: The resources, scripts, and my Be Creepy process are all free too. Enjoy, and ̷...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (23/03/2015 14:15)

And on a different note

We are pleased to announce the release preview of The Windows Library for JavaScript 4.0 (WinJS 4.0). In our previous release (WinJS 3.0) we focused on ensuring cross-browser compatibility. With WinJS 4.0, we add features to ensure this library conti...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (27/03/2015 16:00)
Beginning today the all new ESPN app is available for Windows Phone, free to download from the Windows Phone Store.   The ESPN app – an automatic update to the ESPN Hub – delivers more personalization than ever before. The app allows fans to quickly ...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (26/03/2015 18:56)
Are you ready to stand up against the Empire? Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels™: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game, available to download from the Windows and Windows Phone Store! Take on four free levels of battle...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (26/03/2015 18:46)
On today’s show, we’ll take a look at the new Office 2016 for Mac Preview, which brings together all the most recent updates for Office on the Mac. Kaberi Chowdhury demonstrates highlights of what’s new with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and even ...
Source: Outlook Blog (25/03/2015 17:00)
As you know by now one of the major benefits we’re working on for Windows 10 is a single Store and Dev Center experience across devices. Creating that single Store platform requires a wide range of updates and enhancements to our backend process and ...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (24/03/2015 22:38)
Today we’re excited to share that the Radio.com app is available for you to download for free from the Windows and Windows Phone stores onto your Windows PC, laptop, tablet or phone! Now you can stream your favorite radio stations anywhere you go wit...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (24/03/2015 18:31)
The most authentic, exciting football game for Windows Phones, PCs and tablets just got better. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team for Windows and Windows Phone received an awesome update, bringing you updated player rosters with all the latest players and better...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (24/03/2015 18:04)
When adverse weather affects Ohio’s schools, often closing is the only option. Blizzard bags are online assignments delivered by individual schools that allow students to keep up with schoolwork while snowed in. Many teachers at the Washington County...
Source: OneNote Blog (24/03/2015 17:00)
Three weeks ago, at Mobile World Congress, we had the opportunity to share with you a first look at the Windows 10 universal app platform. Today I’m excited to announce that we are making the first technical preview of the Windows 10 developer toolin...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (23/03/2015 20:45)
This guest blog post is the second of a 3-part series written by Windows developer Jani Nevalainen. Please see the original 2nd post on Jani’s blog here, and refer to Part 1 here. Stay tuned for Part 3, coming soon.  Creating the game field and...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (20/03/2015 21:39)
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