Developer Training Kit is my favorite part of any product. The reason behind is very simple because it give the single resource which gives complete overview of the product in nutshell. A developer can learn from many places – books, webcasts, tutorials, blogs, etc. However, I have found that developer training kits are the best starting point for any product. Start with them first, see what are the new features as well what is the new message a product is coming up with. Once it is learned the very next step should be to identify the right learning material to explore the preferred topic.
The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit includes technical content including labs, demos and presentations designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions. New and updated content will be released periodically and can be downloaded on-demand using the Web Installer.
This training kit was available earlier this year but it is never late to explore it if you have not referred it earlier. Additionally, if you do not want to download complete kit all together I suggest you refer to Wiki here. This wiki contains all the same presentations and demo notes which web installer contains.
Wiki contains following module and details about Hands On Labs
Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2012
Module 2: Introduction to SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn
Module 3: Exploring and Managing SQL Server 2012 Database Engine Improvements
Module 4: SQL Server 2012 Database Server Programmability
Module 5: SQL Server 2012 Application Development
Module 6: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management
Module 7: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
Hands-On Labs: SQL Server 2012 Database Engine
Hands-On Labs: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0
Hands-On Labs: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management
Hands-On Labs: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
Hands-On LabsHands-On Labs: Windows Azure and SQL Azure
As I said, if you have not downloaded this so far, it is never late to explore it. Trust me you will atleast learn one thing if you just explore the content.
Migration is always a challenge. How many times we have stayed away from migrating product to another server or next version because we are worried what will happen once we migrate. There are two main reasons we stay away from migration 1) Everything is working fine at this moment. 2) Fear of everything will not work fine after migration.
Let us address two of this fear in brief words.
1) Everything is working fine
Even though everything is working fine there are need to upgrade to next version because new version often brings improved features as well new enhancement which can help in many ways, i.e. scalability, manageability etc. There are often cases when something is often done very complex way in current version and in next version right away out of the box the same thing is supported. I am big fan of the going to next version when it is stable.
2) Fear of application not working on next version
This is very common and we all have faced it one time or another time. We always have fear of unknown. We often worry too much because we do not know things.
The best way to solve above two problem is – Knowledge. Here is the whitepaper which talks about migration from earlier solution of the Mirroring to SQL Server 2012 solutions. This is first part of the whitepaper and second part of the whitepaper release soon.
Following is the abstract of the whitepaper.
This paper provides guidance for customers who prior to SQL Server 2012 have deployed SQL Failover Clustering for local high availability and database mirroring for disaster recovery, and who want to migrate to SQL Server AlwaysOn. It describes the corresponding SQL Server AlwaysOn scenario and the migration paths to SQL Server AlwaysOn. It also contains the important knowledge and considerations that you must know in order to successfully migrate to a HADR solution based on SQL Server AlwaysOn technology, which implements AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances for high availability and AlwaysOn Availability Groups for disaster recovery.
SQL Server Cheatsheet has been extremely popular download from my blog. There are plenty of request for me to update it with SQL Server 2012 features. I have finally upgraded the cheatsheet with SQL Server 2012 features. The new cheatsheet has following updates
SQL Server 2012 Datetime Functions
SQL Server Ranking Functions
SQL Server 2012 Analytic functions
It has been excellent experience to upgrade the cheatsheet. However, as the new cheatsheet contains way more information than earlier version of the cheatsheet, the size of the page is also increased. The page size is now no more A4 size, it has been increased to A3 size. When printed on A3 page it looks very clean and easy to read. If you print that on A4, you will find the pages are bit small.
Cheatsheet is free for anybody and everybody to download and print it, as long as you do not modify it. However, it is now allowed to store, host or upload anywhere without prior permission.
Previous cheatsheet was very popular and I have received many good comments. I am eagerly waiting for your feedback about this new updated cheatsheet.
Microsoft SQL Azure labs has recently released Data Explorer client. I was looking forward to visualizing tool for quite a while and I am delighted to see this tool. I will be trying out this tool in coming week and will post here my experience. I have listed few of the resources which are related to Data Explorer at the end. Please let me know if I have missed any and I will add the same.
With “Data Explorer” you can:
Identify the data you care about from the sources you work with (e.g. Excel spreadsheets, files, SQL Server databases).
Discover relevant data and services via automatic recommendations from the Windows Azure Marketplace.
Enrich your data by combining it and visualizing the results.
Collaborate with your colleagues to refine the data.
Publish the results to share them with others or power solutions.
The Data Explorer Client package contains the Data Explorer workspace as well as an Office plugin that integrates Data Explorer into Excel.
AdventureWorks is a Sample Database shipped with SQL Server and it can be downloaded from CodePlex site. AdventureWorks has replaced Northwind and Pubs from the sample database in SQL Server 2005.The Microsoft team keeps updating the sample database as they release new versions.
For SQL Server 2012 RTM Samples AdventureWorks Database is released:
SQL Server 2012 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by capabilities for mission critical confidence:
Deliver required uptime and data protection with AlwaysOn
Gain breakthrough & predictable performance with ColumnStore Index
Help enable security and compliance with new User-defined Roles and Default Schema for Groups
Enable rapid data discovery for deeper insights across the organization with ColumnStore Index
Ensure more credible, consistent data with SSIS improvements, a Master Data Services add-in for Excel, and new Data Quality Services
Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with Data-tier Application Component (DAC) parity with SQL Azure and SQL Server Data Tools for a unified dev experience across database, BI, and cloud functions
I have been working with SQL Server for more than 8 years now continuously and I like to read a lot. Some time I read easy things and sometime I read stuff which are not so easy. Here are few recently released article which I referred and read. They are not easy read but indeed very important read if you are the one who like to read things which are more advanced.
Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation
The Microsoft SQL Server protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability Documentation
The SQL Server data portability documentation explains various mechanisms by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products. These mechanisms include import/export functionality, documented APIs, industry standard formats, or documented data structures/file formats.