Welcome RJ

Thursday, 5 July 2007

RJ has joined the Online Services team this week. As you can see, he’s spent time on the Academic side of the fence - now he’ll be seeing how the other half live as a ‘Professional’ staff member!

Expert profile: Mr David Gardiner

Thursday, 5 July 2007

The University of South Australia participates in publishing it’s staff expertise on ExpertGuide.com.au. It’s a site that aggregates expertise from academic and professionals, and is obviously a great resource for journalists.

Because I’d presented some talks on Internet Safety for Children, I’d added this as an area of expertise, not really thinking about how this might be interpreted by other users of the site (eg. journalists).

I’ve realised now that this explains the phone call earlier this week, and again today from from a Sunday Mail journalist.

Consequently, I’ve updated my profile to more accurately reflect what I am an expert in.

Internet Safety for Children is an interest and a concern of mine, but I’m not an expert in that field.

LINQ for SQL at CodeCampSA

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Just in case you didn’t realise, I’m doing a talk on “LINQ for SQL” at this weekend’s CodeCampSA. Yes, I’m the first “real” speaker after morning tea on Saturday!

I’ll be doing an updated version of the presentation I did for the SQL User Group in February.

At that time, the latest LINQ for SQL was the May 2006 CTP which installed on top of Visual Studio 2005. Since then Microsoft have released Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2008 which has also incorporated some language syntax changes to Visual Basic related to the LINQ bits. Fabio has listed some of the framework changes since last year.

Bits that affected my presentation include:

I also did some testing of SQL generated for SQL Server 2000 versus 2005. It turns out LINQ for SQL is smart enough that it uses 2005 features (eg. ROW_NUMBER) when they will perform better.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 June CTP

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Here’s the June CTP release of

I’m not clear whether these can be installed on top of Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1.

SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

July 2007 Release