May 2009 Archives

Peter showed me the new Report Builder in Reporting Services 2008. I agree, it’s far better than the first version. I would like to write a whitepaper on it to reintroduce it to the development community but I have a question.

I’m currently prepping the content for a series of six 75-minute lectures on SQL Server and Reporting Services for Progressive Business Technology. Instead of having to leave the office, get on a plane and fly to a conference, these webinars give developers the opportunity to get quality content right from the office or from home. These lectures might be the key factor that makes you a better developer or candidate for that new job. Consider that a single paid attendee can include any number of co-workers on the same call, watching the same content over the Internet. You’ll also get a chance to ask questions in real time (as time permits). Unlike previous sessions, this workshop includes a copy of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server (7th Edition)”

I installed VS 2010 Beta 1 over the weekend and since it’s now in public beta I’m free to comment on it. To make a long story short, “It’s not done.”

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I’ve been invited to speak at the Best Practices Conference in Washington, DC (my home town) August 24-26th. This year Brian Moran has added an entire track of SQL Server sessions that focus on what developers need to know to best leverage the power and flexibility of SQL Server. We’ll focus on the “why” rather than the “how” some approach should be taken. This conference is ideal for developers, architects, managers and their staff. I’ll be joining a long list of MVPs as well as Microsoft team members as well as industry executives and authors to provide a great set of relevant content. I hope to see you there…

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