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SQL Server 2008 is Out!

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008, all editions! Brian Randell, reporting from TechEd South Africa this week, seems to have been the first to get the word out beyond Microsoft.It's available on M...

SQL Server 2005 September BOL Refresh Available

The September 2007 update for SQL Server 2005’s Books Online (BOL) is finally available for download. The update has been available online since, well, September but this time it took the UE gro...

PDC Returns to L.A., October 2008

Microsoft has just announced that PDC (Professional Developers Conference) will be back 27–30 October 2008 in Los Angeles. That’s good. But it will be interesting to see how they uniquely ...

Another Reason to Attend DevTeach

DevTeach is one of the very fun conferences I speak at regularly, based in Canada. It is small, intimate, attracks some great speakers, and has support from Microsoft. There has long been plenty of go...

DebuggerTypeProxy Proxy Class is Compiled into Release Build

I recently did a session about debugging ASP.NET applications at the Victoria .NET Developers Association in Victorial, B.C. It was a fun meeting, and as an Alaskan from Fairbanks I always feel a spec...

Is SQL Server 2005's Surface Area Configuration Tool Cluster Aware?

At SQL Server Magazine Connections at DevConnections in Las Vegas last week, I had the opportunity to geek out on SQL Server security for a full day at the end of the conference. Attendance was great ...

World's Simplest Recursive CTE?

At SQL PASS this year, I did a session about Common Table Expressions in SQL Server 2005. I had endeavored to come up with an extremely simple recursive CTE, but wasn’t creative enough at the ti...

Geeking Out on SQL Server 2005 Security at DevConnections

I just found out that I’ll be doing a full day, post-conference session on SQL Server 2005 security at SQL Server Magazine Connections at DevConnections in Las Vegas this November. I’m exc...

Tuesday at DevTeach

I’m in Montreal this week for DevTeach, a user group-oriented developer and SQL conference that is one of my two favorite conferences. Montreal is a great city (particularly for the stomach!) an...

Issue with SQL Server Restart when Installing SNMP

George Dougherty emailed me with an interesting problem that he and Tony Sengphirom discovered. A cursory google search didn't find anything, but we came across a pretty big gotcha this morning with...

John Robbins' New .NET Debugging Book is Out!

Well, it's about time! John Robbins of Wintellect is the debugging alpha geek, and the new edition of his seminal Windows debugging book is finally out: Debugging Microsoft .NET 2.0 Applications. This...

Google Launches Code Search

Google has launched a Code Search tool, designed to make it easier to find snippets of code. The service looks interesting. I’m working on a project with the installation APIs in .NET 2.0, and t...

Hitting the Road: INETA Tour

INETA user groups to talk about security. At the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group in southern California and Little Rock .NET User Group in Arkansas I’ll be talking about SQL Server 2005 se...

Protection Against Phishing Attacks

I recently attended a 1.5 day conference put on by the ASSERT Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Yes, this is the school that exposed my personal information to hackers, and conference host...

Service Oriented Database Architecture Paper

Oh, geez. I missed somehow that the paper had gone live. But thanks to Kim Tripp, I now know that you can read my Service Oriented Database Architecture (SODA) paper on TechNet. This is something I di...

Great Grant Writing Resource for Non-Profit Organizations!

This is a bit commercial, but it is such a great deal on a wonderful resource that I wanted to get the word out. I do some work with Grantstation.com, a wonderful portal for anyone who writes grants. ...

Security via machineKey in ASP.NET 2.0

asp.netPRO has posted my July Secure ASP.NET column, Security via <machinekey> in ASP.NET 2.0. It’s an exploration of how ASP.NET uses the options in <machineKey> to affect encryptio...

Nice Anti-Phishing Site

The Anti-Phishing Working Group has a nice site with information about phishing. Lots of statistics and information about the threats, an archive of phishing attacks, ways to report it, and lots of re...

Secure ASP.NET Columns for asp.netPRO

For a few years I’ve been doing a periodic column for Informant Communications and their asp.netNOW e-newsletter. It has been published at various frequencies over the years, but currently it is...

University that Lost My Personal Info Gets Prestigious Designation

Oh my. This just boggles the mind. The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), which recently exposed thousands of people’s personal information, including mine, has just been named a Center of Ac...

SQL Server 2005 SP1 Debacle

Executive Summary: Despite hours of trying, I have had no success installing SQL Server 2005 SP1. Herein lies my sordid tale, and my conclusion that I’ll work on this no longer. Perhaps this pos...

Microsoft Dropping PowerPoint!

Wow. Here’s a report that Microsoft is dropping PowerPoint from Office. What a great way to make the world a better place!...

SQL Connections, Nice, France, 24-27 April 2006

I’m taking the year off from speaking at most conferences, but I just couldn’t pass up the chance to head to the French Riviera and SQL Connections there this April. As usual, the all ...

COALESCE as Concatenation Operator

I always forget the details of how to do this and have to research it again. So here for both your and my benefit is how you can use the SQL Server COALESCE function to retrieve text from multiple rec...

User Group Reborn

I received an email from James Johnson, leader of the Inland Empire .NET Users Group, centered in Redlands, California but serving the entire Inland Empire (as one would surmise from the name, heh). I...

Great Web Programming Reference: W3 Schools

Lately I’ve been working on one of those “legacy” applications you hear about sometimes, where you have to go backwards in time. In this case I’m way back in the last millenium...

Exploring SQL Server 2005

I’m pleased to announce that my first video training CD package is available, Exploring SQL Server 2005 from AppDev (Application Developers Training Company). Despite years of doing training an...

Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities

The SANS Institute has updated its list of Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities. The list is actually the twenty most critical categories, since each consists of a number of vulnerab...

CLR Trigger to Register Code

The SQLCLR team at Microsoft has published a SQLCLR trigger that automatically registers all stored procedures, functions, etc. in an assembly when you use CREATE ASSEMBLY. No more executing all the T...

Microsoft Supporing MSBuild to 1.x Apps!

It figures that this was announced the very day I was presenting my MSBuild session at DevConnections this week. Good news! Microsoft is going to support targeting .NET Framework 1.x apps with MSBuil...

Diagnosing and Solving VS 2005 and Other Installation Issues

Aaron Stebner is a ‘Softie who works with Windows Installer and is a font of knowledge about installing and deploying both Microsoft and custom software packages. I’ve been reading his blo...

DevConnections Wrap Up

Whew! The last couple days of DevConnections ended up being a whirlwind of activity. I did four sessions in a row on Wednesday, starting at 8 AM, in VS and SQL Connections, then finished up with anoth...

Polymorphic Podcast

I just found a new .NET podcast, the Polymorphic Podcast by Craig Shoemaker. The lastest show is about Atlas, and he includes a quick summary of my latest CoDe Magazine article about SQL Server 2005 s...

Want to Work in Anchorage, Alaska

Oran Dennison, a former co-worker at Third Sector Technologies in Fairbanks, sent me this. Oran, at least, is every bit as passionate as this position announcement suggests. Contact him directly if yo...

DevConnections Day 2: Bjarne Stroustrup

I’m in the keynote that was one of my many reasons to be excited about being here at DevConnections in Las Vegas: Bjarne Stroupstrup’s keynote for the C++ Connections conference. (Sorry Ma...

DevConnections Day 2: Note to Microsoft Speakers

Private note to Microsoft speakers here at DevConnections or any conference, even your own. If those of us attending your session find something cool, I promise that we’ll express our heart...

DevConnections Day 1: Pre-Cons and First Keynotes

I’ve been here in Las Vegas for almost 24 hours, and I’d love to tell you about the incredible sums I’ve won at the blackjack tables, the bars and shows I’ve been wild at, and ...

Play a Sony CD, Get a Rootkit Installed

This just pisses me off. Mark Russinovich has discoverd that playing a Sony CD on his computer caused a rootkit to be installed. (A rootkit is a common technique for viruses and other malware to hide ...

DevConnections is One Week Away!

I leave for Las Vegas on Sunday morning and arrive in time to attend some pre-conference sessions on Monday at DevConnections. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to in Las Vegas: Geeki...

Living the Least Privilege Lifestyle Series on Informit.com

I recently finished up a five-part series of articles for Informit.com called Living the Least Privilege Lifestyle. It covers a lot of the tips and tricks I’ve learned as both a developer and a ...

US-CERT and DHS Collaborate for Great Security Resource

I just stumbled on Build Security In, a collaboration between US-CERT and the Department of Homeland Security (geez I hate that name…oh well). It looks to be a great reasource for writing secur...

Weird SQLCLR Deployment Error

I’m doing a lot of work today with the SQLCLR, and am creating a simple UDF as a sample. On a particular server, but not others, I am getting a weird deployment error: “Target string size ...

SMO Changes in September CTP

     server = (cboServers.Text);    db = (server, cboDatabases.Text);    db.Drop();       HelpLink="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlinkProdName=M...

Sysinternals' AccessEnum

I’m not sure how or why I missed this to now, but Sysinternals has yet another handy tool, AccessEnum. From the Sysinternals site: AccessEnum gives you a full view of your file system and Regis...

SQL Server/.NET Users Group in Fairbanks

I was a bit amazed to meet a fellow Fairbanksan, Jane Vohden, at SQL PASS in Dallas last week. (It’s rare that I encounter anyone from Alaska, much less Fairbanks.) She works for the Fairbanks N...

DevConnections in November in Las Vegas

I’m just back from SQL PASS, and my next conference trip will be to Lost Wages, Nevada for DevConnections. It is again at the Mandalay Bay Resort on the Strip. I fully expect to spend exactly ze...

Is C# Becomming VB

I didn’t make it to PDC this year, but plenty of bloggers have posted plenty of information about what they’ve found most interesting. The most amusing post that I’ve seen that doesn...

Why Are We Not Writing Secure Applications

I’m on my way home now from Whidbey Blast, a one-day, Visual Studio 2005 conference put on by the Northern Colorado .NET Users Group. I did the keynote and a session about MSBuild, then sat in o...

Paul *Brian* Knight

If you were in my SQL Server 2005 security session at SQL PASS yesterday, please note that I had a brain lock during my session and called Brian Knight of SQLServerCentral.com Paul. I know his name is...

Deprecated SQL Server Data Types

Quick warning, in case you haven’t heard yet. The text, ntext, and image data types are deprecated in SQL Server 2005. That means that they are still there for backward compatibility but that th...

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