• SQL 2008 beta exams

    Gerry O’Brien mentions that two beta exams for SQL 2008 are available until 31st July.

    • 71-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance (70-432)
    • 71-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-448)

    I’m not sure if I want to try these or not. I don’t mind doing beta exams (especially as they’re free), but I’m not that confident I’d do that well with the 2008 stuff yet.

  • New updates from Red Gate

    I’ve had a couple of correspondences from Red Gate about some updates for some of their applications that I’ve mentioned previously here – SQL Compare and [ANTS Profiler]/2006/03/code-profiling-memory-profiling-ants.html).

    Richard Collins wrote to say that SQL Compare v7 is being released this month, and will include SQL Server 2008 compatibility as well as being able to compare against backups.

    Regarding my comments about [version control for database schemas]/2008/06/version-control-for-your-database.html), he said the following:

    “I just thought I might mention that v.6 of SQL Compare also includes the ability to compare with a folder of sql scripts under source control (optionally via an add-in called SQL Changeset) which

    I believe will help with your problem of updating from multiple possible versions.”

    Stephen Chambers also dropped me a line to mention that they’re working on ANTS Profiler v4. Pre-release builds are free and can be downloaded via their support forum.

  • Passed 70-547

    What a nice way to start the day! I passed the Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework exam scoring 825.

    So I’m now a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: Web Developer :-)