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1. Perspectives

  • Favorite SQL Server 2005 Features, Big and Small

2. SQL Server Watch

  • ADO.NET vNext CTP Ready for Download
  • Roadshow Targets Oracle/SQL Server Interoperability
  • Product Watch: Embarcadero Technologies

3. Hot Articles

  • Tip: Check Out the New SQL Server 2005 Report Packs
  • Editorial: Database Design Discipline
  • Puzzled by T-SQL: Querae Verum: Clustered Index Scans, Part III
  • In a Nutshell: Multiserver Management
  • Hot Threads: SQL Server 2005 Administration and Database Design

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1. Perspectives

Favorite SQL Server 2005 Features, Big and Small
by Brian Moran, brian@solidqualitylearning.com

What’s your favorite SQL Server 2005 feature, big or small? What aspect of the new product has most changed the way you design, build, or maintain Microsoft-based databases and applications? SQL Server 2005’s long development cycle gave the SQL Server community, including its pundits, years to speculate about how quickly people would adopt features such as SQLCLR—or whether people would adopt them at all. Now, I’m curious. What parts of the product have proven to be most important to you?

Usually, I share my thoughts and ideas with you. But this week, I’m going to ask you to share with me. When I look for the features that have had the most affect on the SQL Server community, it’s easy for me to focus on the “big ticket” items such as the SQLCLR, partitioning, or database mirroring. However, I suspect that for many of you, the biggest affect of adopting SQL Server 2005 hasn’t come from one or two big features but the aggregate of a lot of small, positive enhancements.

So, how has SQL Server 2005 changed your activities as a database professional? What features do you like the best? What features have saved you time? What features let you build better applications, even if you haven’t saved time? Do you get better performance? Are your databases more scaleable or more available? Do you have better security? Have SQL Server’s improved BI capabilities made it easier for you to add bits of BI and data warehousing capabilities to applications? I want to hear it all.

I considered trying to put together a more traditional poll, but this topic is too broad and open-ended to be shoehorned into the few responses I might be able to think up. SQL Server 2005 has so many new features that most of us haven’t been able fully explore the product. Perhaps someone’s current favorite feature is obscure enough that you haven’t found it yet, but it might be your favorite feature as well once you know about it.

So tell me what you think. I can’t promise to answer every email that I receive about this topic, but I’m hoping to engage in multiple conversations with readers to gain a much clearer sense of how the community is using SQL Server 2005, beyond the obvious and beyond what I can see from interactions with my own clients. I’ll share the most interesting observations and comments over the next few weeks.

Send your input to me at brian@solidqualitylearning.com.


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According to Microsoft, the CTP build includes multiple features related to working with entities, including LINQ to Entities and Entity SQL, features that let you query persistent entities. In addition, object abstractions in this release handle state management, identity resolution, and change tracking. The programming and query models in the CTP emphasize the importance of relationships. And the build lets you work with mappings based on view maintenance concepts to support entity splitting across multiple tables, table-per-hierarchy, table-per-class, and table-per-type mappings, property renaming, and conditional mappings.

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3. Hot Articles

Tip: Check Out the New SQL Server 2005 Report Packs
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Although Microsoft released SQL Server 2005 Report Packs at the end of March, many SQL Server professionals have yet to discover the value of this great resource. The Report Packs include 65 reports in a variety of areas. Learn how the reports might benefit you, and send your comments to the author today at
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Editorial: Database Design Discipline
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Puzzled By T-SQL: Querae Verum: Clustered Index Scans, Part III
In this blog entry, Itzik Ben-Gan answers two burning questions: “Why does SQL Server tend to use allocation order scans when NOLOCK or TABLOCK is specified?” and “Is there a difference in performance between allocation order scans and index order scans?” Read the blog and send your comments to Itzik today at
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In a Nutshell: Multiserver Management
In this week’s blog, Kevin Kline rallies the SQL Server community to comment on the value of the Multiserver Administration feature in SQL Server. Read about this feature, check out the BOL writeup of it, and let Kevin know whether and how you use it today at
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