SQL Server 2005 Is Here

We’ve (or at least Microsoft has) been talking about it for years, and now it’s finally here: SQL Server 2005 has shed its long-held code name Yukon and has arrived as an official shrink-wrapped, hopefully fully debugged product.

This is a milestone event. SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 7.0 long ago laid waste to all the other Windows enterprise-class DBMSs. SQL Server 2005 now has greater ambitions -- with Intel and AMD servers gaining more and more juice, the Microsoft database can now go after Oracle more aggressively on the high end. And Microsoft promises a greater push into business intelligence.

I’m usually wary of large, new Microsoft products, but when it comes to SQL Server 2005, I have a strange confidence. For some reason I think it will prove itself robust, stable and even innovative. Agree? Disagree? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

SQL Server 2005 Training Is Also Here
So you’ve bought and installed SQL Server 2005 and put it through a few paces. But do you really know what you’re doing? The Microsoft Learning Group doesn’t think so and wants to make you a master of your SQL domain with four new courses. The courses are aimed at DBAs, developers and business intelligence geniuses.

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Microsoft Buys Live Support
Last week Microsoft announced Windows Live and Office Live, its answer to whatever the heck Google plans to do with Web-based productivity apps. Putting its money where its Web apps are, Microsoft has already bought a Live partner. The company last week bought ByteTaxi, a company that offers remote access and file sync software. This way, the files on your hard drive and stored on the Microsoft Live service can be one and the same.

The Barney Bomb
Last week I wrote about Google pointing to a George W. Bush bio if you do a search for “failure.” Apparently, I am quite the out-of-touch fool, as I had never heard of, or couldn’t recall, the whole idea of Google bombing. Thankfully, dozens of Redmond Report readers were there to set me straight. If you like seeing a self-appointed e-mail pundit taken to the woodshed by folks who actually know what they are talking about, then read on:

“Your post indicates a lack of knowledge of how Google works. The phenomenon is called ‘Google bombing’ and is described here.

BTW: This is an old story.”
-- Jim

“This issue has been widely reported and has to do with ‘Google bombing’ and was caused not by ‘some employee having a bit of fun,’ but by a large number of people outside of Google. Yahoo also was affected by this. A group of people who didn't think very highly of George Bush caused the ‘Google bombing.’ In retaliation, a group of George Bush's supporters did some Google bombing of their own and got some great ‘dismal failure’ ratings for Michael Moore, Hilary Clinton and I believe Edward Kennedy. I think your columnist needs to do some serious research before writing a column, and it needs to be a bit more timely, since if you go search for ‘dismal failure’ on Yahoo or Google you will see the problem has been cleaned up.”
-- Paul

“I checked out the ‘Failure –I feel lucky’ lead to G.W.B’s bio. Oddly, ‘Success – I feel lucky’ leads to ‘United Chinese Community Enrichment Services.’”
-- Sangeetha

“Interesting that you chose to highlight your ignorance of a common practice like ‘Google bombing’ by claiming it must be some secret plot by a Google insider. The first major appearance was almost three years ago, when ‘French Military Victories’ landed folks on a prank page about ‘French Military Defeats'. Next thing you know you’ll be reporting on Chrysler’s irresponsible use of the ‘Neckbelt’.
-- Paul

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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