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Does Microsoft Released the Latest SQL Server 2008 R 2 Yet?

Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said to watch for a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2008 R2 sometime this summer.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Evaluation & SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition CTP have just appeared on MSDN”. Microsoft officials have said to expect the final release of SQL Server 2008 R2 in the first half of 2010. Given the tight ties between Office 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. The public will get access to the test build on Wednesday, August 12, according to them and there are more updates to come.

Below are some of the new features on SQL Server 2008 R2 that webmasters / developers can get:

1 – Include self-service analysis tools (codenamed “Gemini”) that Microsoft is saying will allow information workers to better “slice and dice data and create their own BI (business intelligence).

2 – Add-in exerpiences based on Excel, and deeper SharePoint integration, enbling users to share analysis.

3 – Improved with data-warehouse appliance.

4 – PerformancePoint (scorecarding) Server for organization-wide BI and SQL Server for data-platform needs.

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Visual Studio.NET 2008 makes it very easy for us to create LINQ to SQL Entities using the Object Relational Designer. What it does is creates classes and methods that relate to the database columns and tables. This makes it possible for us to communicate with the data using LINQ (Language Integrated Query).

For this example, we will be using a SQL 2008 database with one table and three columns – id, name, and city.
Once we have our database set up, we will create a new class to represent the database table structure. It should look something like this:

using System;
using System.Data.Linq.Mapping;

[Table(Name=”tblPeople”)]
public class people
{
[Column(IsPrimaryKey=true, IsDbGenerated=true)]
public int Id { get; set; }

[Column(CanBeNull=true)]
public string name { get; set; }

[Column(CanBeNull=true)]
public string city { get; set; }

public people()
{

}
}

It is advised to always include the table name in the class, although it is not really required if the class is named the same as the table in the SQL database.
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Have you upgrades your applications database to SQL Server 2008?

Here are some benefits of SQL Server Express 2008 over the previous version of SQL Server 2005
1 – SQL Server 2008 can be a data storage backend for different varieties of data: XML, email, time/calendar, file, document, spatial, etc as well as perform search, query, analysis, sharing, and synchronization across all data types.

2 – SQL Server 2008 includes support for structured and semi-structured data, including digital media formats for pictures, audio, video and other multimedia data.

3 – Backing up and restoring the database backs up or restores the referenced files as well. SQL Server 2008 also natively supports hierarchical data, and includes T-SQL constructs to directly deal with them, without using recursive queries.

4 – Better support for unstructured and semi-structured data is provided using the new FILESTREAM data type, which can be used to reference any file stored on the file system.

5 – SQL Server Reporting Services will gain charting capabilities from the integration of the data visualization.

6 – SQL Server includes better compression features, which also helps in improving scalability.

It is recommended to upgrade to MS SQL Server 2008 to obtain the latest and upgraded features of the database structure for easier management and security for your application. You may always consult your hosting provider regarding this matter.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Microsoft SQL Server 2008

List of Tools that Comes Together With Microsoft SQL Server 2008

These are 4 popular tools that can be used to setup and configure the SQL Server for you application.

1 – Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

This the most popular and preferred tools that used by many developers to build their application with Microsoft SQL Server. It can be used to write and debug code to be executed by SQL CLR. It also includes a data designer that can be used to graphically create, view or edit database schemas.

2 – SQLCMD
SQLCMD is a command line application that comes with Microsoft SQL Server, and exposes the management features of SQL Server. It allows SQL queries to be written and executed from the command prompt. It can also act as a scripting language to create and run a set of SQL statements as a script. Such scripts are stored as a .sql file, and are used either for management of databases or to create the database schema during the deployment of a database.

3 – SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Management Studio

SQL Management Studio

A central feature of SQL Server Management Studio is the Object Explorer, which allows the user to browse, select, and act upon any of the objects within the server. It can be used to visually observe and analyze query plans and optimize the database performance. It includes the query windows which provide a GUI based interface to write and execute queries.

4 – Business Intelligence Development Studio

Busines Intelligence Development Studio

Busines Intelligence Development Studio

It is based on the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment but customizes with the SQL Server services-specific extensions and project types, including tools, controls and projects for reports (using Reporting Services), Cubes and data mining structures (using Analysis Services).

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SQL Server 2008

Advance Addon features that we can find in SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 also includes an assortment of add-on services. While these are not essential for the operation of the database system, these provide value added services on top of the core database management system.
These services either run as a part of some SQL Server component or out-of-process as Windows Service and presents their own API to control and interact with them.

SQL Server 2008 Replication Services

1 – Transaction replication process
Each transaction made to the publisher database (master database) is synced out to subscribers, who update their databases with the transaction. Transactional replication synchronizes databases in near real time.

2 – Merge replication process
Changes made at both the publisher and subscriber databases are tracked, and periodically the changes are synchronized bi-directionally between the publisher and the subscribers. If the same data has been modified differently in both the publisher and the subscriber databases, synchronization will result in a conflict which has to be resolved – either manually or by using pre-defined policies.

3 – Snapshot replication process
Snapshot replication published a copy of the entire database (the then-snapshot of the data) and replicates out to the subscribers. Further changes to the snapshot are not tracked.

Advantages of SQL Data Services

1 – Helps developers to maintain low-cost management with a highly scalable infrastructure within the application.

2 – Helps maintain business-ready reliability, security features, and availability for continuity. Ideals for corporates users.

3 – Helps enable developers to quickly build or extend applications to run in the cloud environment. This will certainly increase the efficiency of workforce within the organization.

SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Reports can be designed using recent versions of Microsoft Visual Studio (including Visual Studio.NET 2003 onwards) with Business Intelligence Development Studio, installed or with the included Report Builder. Once created, RDL files can be rendered in a variety of formats such as Excel, PDF, CSV, XML, TIFF (and other image formats), and HTML Web Archive.

To gain all the advantages as stated above with the SQL Server 2008, we need to ensure that our application has been fully tested and deploy into a SQL Server 2008 hosting compatible environment.

SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 and Business Intelligence Aspect

As far as we know, there are a lot of improvements since the latest release of SQL Server 2008 database. If we putting a side of the technical aspect of SQL 2008, let us see how it can brings to the improvement of the daily business routines.

SQL Server 2008 has been improved with Business Intelligence platform optimized for data integration, reporting, and analysis, users will be able to get more control in the company data management.

SQL Server 2008 in Data Management

Here are some advantages that we can see from data management side:
1 – By using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services, we can now manage the company data warehouse more easily and faster by consolidate real-time data with real time data changes.

2 – Increase the manageability and performance of large tables with partitioning / grouping the data.

3 – Data reporting made easy with SQL Server 2008 which allow the integration of multiple set of data into a single report. Allow users easily to read and understand.

4 – Work with all of your data and interact the way you want through support for both relational and non-relational data.

5 – Effectively consolidates data from heterogeneous, enterprise-wide data stores, such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SAP and Teradata.

SQL Server 2008 in Users Perspective

1 – Incorporate rich formatting in reports to increase usability and enable business users to build ad hoc reports and create reports in any forms they prefer.

2 – Users can now save time and money by leveraging the tight integration between the SQL Server 2008 BI platform and the 2007 Microsoft Office System.

3 – Using the Data Mining Add-Ins to make predictive analysis accessible.

4 – More good news for users is that they publish and manage reports centrally on the Web with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

5 – If you have Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 to enable employees to monitor, analyze, and plan business activities with the connection with all the staffs in the same organization.

Many developers and users have seen the true benefits on SQL Server 2008 by including SQL Server 2008 to their current application or projects.
More and more web hosting company are starting to provide SQL 2008 hosting with with the Windows hosting plan.

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MS SQL Server 2008

The Advantages of MS SQL 2008

Recently, i came across a discussion forum where many users and webmasters are discussing on the selection of MS SQL Server 2008 and MS SQL Server 2005. The common question arise is which database to choose to use with the ASP.NET application?

Since more and more web hosting company are now integrate this latest version of MS SQL server 2008 database to the hosting plan, it is recommended that we choose MS SQL server 2008 as our application database. Since many improvements and features has been upgraded from the date of release.

Let us preview some of the improvements that Microsoft bring to us on SQL Server 2008.

1 – SQL Server 2008 will also include support for structured and semi-structured data, including digital media formats for pictures, audio, video and other multimedia data.

2 – SQL Server 2008 can be a data storage backend for different varieties of data: XML, email, time/calendar, file, document, spatial, etc as well as perform search, query, analysis, sharing, and synchronization across all data types.

3 – Better support for unstructured and semi-structured data is provided using the new FILESTREAM data type, which can be used to reference any file stored on the file system.

4 – Backing up and restoring the database backs up or restores the referenced files as well. SQL Server 2008 also natively supports hierarchical data, and includes T-SQL constructs to directly deal with them, without using recursive queries.

5 – SQL Server includes better compression features, which also helps in improving scalability.

6 – SQL Server Reporting Services will gain charting capabilities from the integration of the data visualization.

7 – The version of SQL Server Management Studio included with SQL Server 2008 supports IntelliSense for SQL queries against a SQL Server 2008 Database Engine.

For more new features on MS SQL Server 2008, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/whats-new.aspx

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