Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Laptop fixed, passed 70-448, SQL 2008 R2 and a new Lobster in the pot

Some good things have happened in the last 24 hours:

  • The Dell technician fixed my laptop.
  • LobsterPot Solutions welcomed its newest member – Roger Noble! It will be great to work with Roger again. Since leaving UniSA he's been specialising in SharePoint development, which will be a great asset for LobsterPot's Business Intelligence expertise.
  • I attended the Adelaide SQL Server 2008 R2 launch event presented by Microsoft Australia's Alan Eldridge. A nice overview of new features in R2.
  • Next Buck Woody gave a humorous and interesting talk on two new features in SQL 2008 R2 at the SQL User Group meeting:
    • Utility Control Point – managing and monitor multiple instances of SQL Server 2008 R2
    • Data-tier Applications (DAC) – deploying SQL applications. DAC is only for R2 and is distinct from the DataDude deployment technology that also shipped as part of VS2010, but the word on the street is to expect these two to converge in the future.
  • Finally to finish off the day, I passed exam 70-448 - TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance. Yeehaa!

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