Saturday, October 31, 2009

TFS/VSTS 2010: A Preview @ DogFood II

I'll be speaking at DogFood II on TFS/VSTS 2010. It's a preview but will help you get your hands around the breath of 2010. Here's the skinny:
Please join us for the 2nd Annual Dog Food Conference; sponsored by the partner community. We will have MS speakers, MS partners, ISVs, MS MVPs and community leads presenting over 40 topics. Around half of the speakers are community leads; and half are MS specialists. As seating is limited, we encourage you to knowledge share with your peers, see overviews and chat one on one at the “Ask the Expert” area.

Website has the full agenda and register links.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 Presentation

Recently, I delivered a client presentation on SQL Server Reporting Services 2008. There were some follow-ups I thought I’d share:

Q. After creating and deploying an .RDL file to Report Manager, later, when I want to modify it, can I bring it back into BIDS?

A. Yes. Simply create a new, empty Reporting Services project within BIDS and then Add >> Existing, browse out and open the existing .RDL file. You may need to make some minor edits if you were using a shared data source.

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Q. Compare Report Builder 2.0 with BIDS.

A. Reference this page: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/report-builder.aspx

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Q. Compare SSRS 2008 for Standard and Enterprise SQL Server editions.

A. Reference this document: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/D/F/2DF66C0C-FFF2-4F2E-B739-BF4581CEE533/SQLServer2008EnterpriseandStandardFeature%20Compare.pdf

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Additional, informative article: http://sqlserverpedia.com/wiki/SQL_Server_Standard_and_Enterprise

Q. Is there a freely available version of SSRS?

A. Yes. SQL Express optionally includes a scaled-back version of SSRS. Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/download/

Q. Book recommendations?

A. I really like “Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services”, by Brian Larson. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Server-2008-Reporting-Services/dp/0071548084/

Friday, October 09, 2009

COALMG November: TFS 2010 from Microsoft's Doug Neumann

Very excited to announce we've (well, Alexei deserves all the credit) landed Doug Neumann for COALMG's November meeting!

Date/Time:
Thursday November 5th, 6PM, Polaris Microsoft Office (4th Floor)

Abstract:
Visual Studio 2010 is almost here, and with it comes a host of new capabilities for application lifecycle management in Team Foundation Server. In this talk, we'll survey the new features in TFS 2010, starting with enhancements to the core features of version control, work item tracking, and build automation and then venturing into new capabilities for executing agile projects, managing quality assurance activities, and simplifying the provisioning of virtualized testing environments. There's a lot to learn with Team Foundation Server 2010, but this talk will cover the foundations and get you on your way to becoming an expert.

Biography:
Doug Neumann has been working on Team Foundation Server since its inception in early 2003 when he was responsible for designing a new version control tool to succeed Visual SourceSafe. Currently he is a Principal Group Program Manager for the product and manages the teams responsible for the version control, build automation, web access, and administrative features of the product.