William Vaughn

William
Vaughn

William (Bill) Vaughn is an industry-recognized author, mentor, trainer, and subject-matter expert on Visual Studio, SQL Server, and ADO.NET. He’s worked in the computer industry for more than 30 years, including 14 years at Microsoft. He's available for mentoring and custom training (see Beta V Corporation or William Vaughn's Musings for more information). He’s written seven editions of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Basic and SQL Server (Microsoft Press)—the 7th edition is on Visual Studio—and three editions of ADO.NET and ADO Examples and Best Practices (Apress). Bill and Peter Blackburn also wrote the best-selling Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services (Addison-Wesley Professional). More recently, he’s written The Owl Wrangler and Guardians of the Sacred Seven (Beta V Corporation), the first two books in his fantasy fiction trilogy.

Articles
Q: How can I create unique primary keys that are easy for customers to use?
Learn how to create unique primary keys for customer use.
Q: How can I extract reports from a data source for field agents to access while on the road?
Learn how to use Visual Studio’s Microsoft ReportViewer to extract reports.
Q: What's the best way to keep client data on a SQL Server Compact Edition database in sync?
Learn how to use ADO.NET 3.5 Synchronization Services classes to keep data in sync.
Visual Studio .NEXT Wish List
Love Visual Studio 2008? Hardly. The author points out where Microsoft needs to fix VS 2008's shortcomings such as the inability to access the new SQL Server data types of ADO.NET features.
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Generate a Clickthrough Report using Visual Studio ReportViewer 2
See how you can set up a clickthrough report without using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
Managing Hierarchical Rowsets 3
Build a sample application in Visual Studio that can be used to manage hierarchical rowsets populated by stored procedures.
Additional Features 2
To make the sample TableAdapter application more useful as a general demonstration, I added several features that illustrate a few tricky technical points, including how to import a picture, handle new row initialization, and provide a list of addresses.
Query vs. Report Parameters
What you need to understand the distinction between query and report parameters.
Managing ReportViewer Parameters 3
How do you filter a Reporting Services report at runtime? Stumped? SQL Server guru William Vaughn explains how you can use the ReportViewer control in server mode to collect, validate, and pass parameters to Reporting Services.
Smarter T-SQL Debugging in Visual Studio 2005
T-SQL debugging in earlier versions of Visual Studio required creative workarounds. In Visual Studio 2005, the problems are fixed--and new features make debugging easier.
ADO.NET 2.0: Smarter, Faster, Better
The latest release of Microsoft’s data-access tool, ADO.NET 2.0, has a slew of new features designed to solve specific developer problems. Get an overview of what the new release can do to solve your development dilemmas.
Putting Back Missing Visual Studio 2003 Features
In Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft has hidden some commonly used features. Here's how to get back the features you're used to.
Reporting Services Tip: Resolving 403.9 Errors on Windows XP
Here's a handy workaround to help you avoid errors that cause Microsoft IIS to lock up when when you're working with SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services on Windows XP.
MSDE Reborn
Microsoft has introduced SQL Server 2005 Express Edition to replace Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE). Find out what’s changed and what’s remained the same!
.NET Safety Settings
Microsoft provides three security permission settings as part of SQL Server 2005's protection layer. Here's a quick primer on what the three settings mean.
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Sep 12, 2014
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Managing a Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 5: Setting Up Failover Alerts

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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 4: Synchronizing Server-Level Details

When setting up HA or HA+DR solutions with SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it's critical to remember that the basic unit of failover in these scenarios is the availability group (or the group of user-defined databases)....More
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