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by Brian Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org
In a perfect world (or at least the World According to Bill), everyone would use All Microsoft Products All the Time and you'd never need silly things like interoperability software. Alas, the world isn't perfect, and small pockets of renegades still use non-Microsoft software to run their businesses.
In recent years, Microsoft has done a better job of extending an interoperability olive branch to these renegades in an attempt to make their lives easier until they eventually realize that All Microsoft All The Time is simply a better way to live. In this spirit, Microsoft announced the availability of its free SQL Server 2005 JDBC driver. This Type 4 JDBC driver is based on the JDBC 3.0 implementation and is JDK v1.4 compliant. The driver supports a variety of OSs, including Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows XP, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, and Solaris.
Microsoft says the new driver includes "performance and transaction improvements, as well as support for SQL Server 2005 features such as XML." SQL Server supports the latest Java interoperability standards, and Microsoft says this release "is intended to lay the core foundation and infrastructure for major enhancement moving forward."
Of course, other vendors also provide JDBC drivers, but free is nice, and it's also nice to see Microsoft's continued interest in supporting those pesky renegades. A word of caution: Not all drivers are created alike. In the past, some third-party JDBC drivers were faster than the free Microsoft driver. I haven't had the ability to personally benchmark this driver, so I'm absolutely not implying that this driver isn't highly performant. And I'm convinced that Microsoft is serious about providing interoperability to non-Microsoft platform customers who want to use SQL Server. But, if I were tasked with building a highly scaleable solution based on JDBC-to-SQL Server connectivity, I'd want to personally test the Microsoft driver to ensure performance and other features are as good as or better than drivers provided by other vendors.
I'd love to hear from readers who have experience using both Microsoft and third-party data-access stacks for JDBC connectivity to SQL Server 2005. Send your tips and observations to me at email@example.com, and I'll share them with the rest of the SQL Server community.
To close on a more serious note, I sense that Microsoft is committed to making the interoperability experience more seamless for its customers, which is a good thing. And no, I don't think that the world should be all Microsoft All The Time. Just most of the time. You can download the driver at
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2. News & Views
Fix Gets Around Help File Error Message
When you run the sp_helpfile stored procedure on a data file or log file in SQL Server 2005 or 2000, you might receive the error message "Arithmetic overflow error converting expression to data type int." The problem occurs when the max_size value of the file multiplied by 8 is greater than the maximum int size (2,147,483,647). Microsoft provides a workaround for this error in the article "Error message when you run the sp_helpfile stored procedure in SQL Server 2005 or in SQL Server 2000: "Arithmetic overflow error converting expression to data type int." You can read about the problem and get the workaround at
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by Microsoft's SQL Server Development Team, firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. When I use the TaskPad in Enterprise Manager to check a database's allocated, used, and free space (as reported on the General tab), the values I see don't match the values I get when I use the sp_HelpDB and sp_Spaceused stored procedures. Can I use T-SQL to return the same information that I see when I use the TaskPad?
Microsoft's Language Integrated Query (LINQ) technology lets programmers access database and XML data sources by using query extensions that Microsoft has added to the .NET Framework. In his January editorial "LINQ--The Missing Piece of Database Development," Michael Otey explains how LINQ addresses one of the biggest disconnects that exists in the current database development model. Read this article today and post your comments at
The word on the street is that SQL Server 2005 makes an excellent platform for SAP applications. In this week's blog "SQL Server and SAP Certification," Kevin Kline takes a look at SAP's short time frame for certifying SQL Server applications and modules and asks what you expect to be your biggest migration challenges. Read about SQL Server and SAP and let Kevin know your migration frustrations today at
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Migrate Oracle Forms to Microsoft .NET Applications
ATX Software released Forms2Net 2.0, a Visual Studio 2005 tool that lets you convert Oracle Forms 9i, 6i, 5.0, and 4.5 applications to Microsoft .NET applications. The product produces Visual C# .NET code to let you create Web Forms, which use ASP.NET technology, and Windows Forms, which use Microsoft Smart Client Technology. Forms2Net works at the application layer and lets you decide whether to keep using your Oracle database or switch to a SQL Server 2005 database. Pricing for ATX Software Forms2Net 2.0 is on a per-project basis. For more information, contact ATX Software at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Add Functionality For Managing ADO.NET Data Tables
Red Brook Software announced WiredNav 3.0, a Microsoft .NET control for managing ADO.NET data tables. The product connects with Visual Studio's SqlDataAdapter control and at runtime, will automatically connect to every data object on your Windows Form. You can use WiredNav in your database applications without needing to write code or make initial property settings. In addition, WiredNav adds flexible support for SQL Server Reporting Services and Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET. Pricing for Red Brook Software WiredNav 3.0 starts at $199 for a single-user license. For more information, contact Red Brook Software at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-248-3450.
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