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April 2005 Entries

Analysis Services 2005

AS 2005 is an intensely compelling product. If I may borrow a concept from OLAP, the Analysis Services product improves on its predecessor in a number of “dimensions,” including ease of use, feature richness, sophistication of client tools, and programmability. This release truly feels like a serious tool for developers, statisticians, and scientists. It makes AS 2000 look like a bare-bones, proof-of-concept product by comparison. In preparation for some upcoming presentations (including one at Tech*Ed ......

Jazz Legends and Odd Intersections

Seventh Avenue South (the extension of Seventh Avenue below Eleventh Street) is a funny, crooked street. It was actually created specifically to provide a “cut and cover” connecting corridor for the West Side IRT subway (today’s 1, 2, 3, and 9 lines) between the southern end of Seventh Avenue and the northern end of Varick Street. (Some excellent background info is available here.) When the street was built in 1917, buildings in its way were demolished, or cut right through. If you look at all carefully, ......

Hosted Hands-On-Labs / VPC Images

Ever promised yourself that one "weekend" you'd go through all those MSDN Universal disks, install stuff on Virtual PC images and start learning some new technology? Then Saturday rolls around and the idea of doing all that install work just to start digging into stuff becomes wildly unappealing? If that describes you, you're a lazy, me-generation sloth! But then again so am I. Luckily Microsoft has a solution. Check out this URL:http://msdn.demoservers... This site provides hosted (Terminal ......

Oracle and Whidbey

More details to come (including code), but here's a first glimpse of what worked and what didn't when I combined Whidbey with Oracle: · Even though ODP.NET was installed on the same machine as VS 2005, none of the VS dialogs or wizards recognized it. · Using Microsoft’s Oracle provider in the Server Explorer window, I could enumerate, but not view the PL/SQL code for, stored procedures within Oracle packages. · Using Microsoft’s Oracle provider in the TableAdapter Configuration Wizard, stored procedures ......