SQL SERVER – Download SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and Related Downloads

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 was announced quite a while ago. I still see very few people working on it or writing about it. There can be many reasons for not attempting to start with SQL Server 2014 but the reality is that it is coming in the next few months and it will be here before we know it. Today is December 1, 2013 and in one month we will be in the year 2014. SQL Server 2014’s release cycle will announce its GA very soon and if we have not started with SQL Server 2014 we will be a bit late for sure. Here are few of the downloads related to SQL Server 2014.

Feel free to download them and experiment with SQL Server 2014.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database, including in-memory OLTP, which complements our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market. SQL Server 2014 also provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Installs the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Data Tools Business Intelligence project templates for Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services.

Microsoft Data-Tier Application Framework for SQL Server 2014 CTP2
The Microsoft Data-Tier Application Framework for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 provides application lifecycle services for database development and management.

Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014CTP2
SQL Server Data Tools provides an integrated environment for database developers to carry out all their database design work for any SQL Serverplatform within Visual Studio.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Product Guide
Download the datasheets, white papers and technical presentations that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
The SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint technologies allows you to integrate Reporting Services features with the collaborative SharePoint experience.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 PowerPivot for Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013, CTP2 extends SharePoint Server 2013 to add server-side data refresh processing, collaboration, and management support for PowerPivot workbooks.

Here is the question for you – Have you installed SQL Server 2014 CTP R2?

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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SQL SERVER – Download FREE PDFs from SQLAuthority.com

Throughout the last seven years, we have created many PDF downloads from SQLAuthority.com and many are very much appreciated by users. I just wanted to list all the downloads which we have created so far in a single place, hence here is the blog post which contains all the PDF downloads which we have created so far.

SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers Download
Beginning Big Data with NuoDB
SQL Server Management Studio Keyboard Shorts Download
SQL Server 2008 Certification Path Complete Download
SQL Server Cheat Sheet Download
SQL Server Database Coding Standards and Guidelines Complete List Download
SQL Server Indexing Checklist

Let me know which one of the PDF you like the most and if you expect us to create any more PDF articles. Leave a comment.

Additionally, we have created various script bank for all the script which has been used on SQLAuthority.com so far. You can get access to the scripts by clicking on following link.

SQLAuthority.com Scripts Download

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL – Download NuoDB and Qualify for FREE Amazon Gift Cards

July has been a fantastic month and Team NuoDB has really appreciated the active participation of the SQLAuthority.com active reader base.

Earlier we had launched two contests with NuoDB and both of them are very much appreciated by readers. There are constant demands of more contests and team NuoDB is very much excited to support more contests.

Here are the details to constests ran earlier:

Based on the earlier successful contests, the kind folks at NuoDB decided that they will support one more round of the giveaways to SQLAuthority.com contests. However, please note that this month’s contest will end in next 48 hours. You have to take part before July 31st, 2013 11:59:00 PM PST.

Here is the quick contest:

You just have to go and download NuoDB. The first 10 people who will download the NuoDB will get Amzon USD 10 cards. Remaining everyone will be entered into a lucky draw of Amazon Gift cards of USD 50. Winners will be announced in next 24 hours. To eligible for this contest, please download NuoDB before July 31st, 2013 11:59:00 PM PST.

Bonus Round:

If you have entered in the contest above, you can also enter to win latest Beginning SSRS Joes 2 Pros book. You just have to leave a comment over here with the note about how many different platform NuoDB supports.

Here are few of the blog post I wrote earlier on that subject:

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL SERVER – Drivers for PHP, JDBC, ODBC and OLE DB

A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware, devices or other software. Without drivers, the software or hardware you connect to your computer will not work properly.

Here is the list of the drivers which are available for SQL Server to connect from multiple applications and programming language.

Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server
The JDBC driver can access many of the features including database mirroring; the xml, user-defined, and large-value data types; and it supports the new “snapshot” transaction isolation.

Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server
The Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server API includes support for Windows Authentication, transactions, parameter binding, streaming, metadata access, and error handling.

Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server
The Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server is comprised of an ODBC driver for Windows and an ODBC driver for Linux.

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 Version 4.0
The Data Provider takes advantage of Microsoft SQL Server data access architecture together with a Microsoft network client for DB2 that functions as a Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) application requester. The Data Provider converts the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) OLE DB commands and data types to DRDA protocol code points and data formats.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL – Download Database Cheat Sheet for MongoDB, NuoDB, MySQL for FREE

In the new database world there are so many different solutions, vendors and options available that it is super hard to figure out which database is the right solution for us. First of all the world of the big data itself is very confusing. It is so hard to figure out from where to start and where to stop. There are so many tutorials out but none of them addresses the need of the absolute beginner.

Now the same thing goes to the next level when one has to select the right database for their organization and there is no clear guidance. I was discussing the same thing with the NuoDB folks last month. The NuoDB is a great product, but it is extremely important to know where exactly NuoDB stands when compared with other product. Interesting enough the smart folks at NuoDB has come up with a Cheat Sheet which compares NuoDB with the other industry known database.

The best part is that even though we do not have enough time for learning all the other database in depth, it is totally possible to take 60 seconds of the time and see the comparison of the features in this cheatsheet.

Download “The Decision Maker’s Cheat Sheet” to compare NuoDB, MySQL and MongoDB on:

SQL / ACID transactions
Distributed Multi-version Concurrency Control (MVCC)
Elastic scale-out performance
Integration with existing tools and frameworks
Geo-distributed data management

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL SERVER – List of All the Samples Database Available to Download for FREE

It is pretty much very common to have a sample database for any database product. Different companies keep on improving their product and keep on coming up with innovation in their product. To demonstrate the capability of their new enhancements they need the sample database. Microsoft have various sample database available for free download for their SQL Server Product. I have collected them here in a single blog post.

Download an AdventureWorks Database
The AdventureWorks OLTP database supports standard online transaction processing scenarios for a fictitious bicycle manufacturer (Adventure Works Cycles). Scenarios include Manufacturing, Sales, Purchasing, Product Management, Contact Management, and Human Resources.

Coconut Dal
Coconut Dal is a lightweight data access layer, for use in projects where the Entity Framework cannot be used or Microsoft’s Enterprise Library Data Block is unsuitable. Anyone who is handwriting ADO.NET should use a library instead and Coconut Dal might be the answer. 

DataBooster – Extension to ADO.NET Data Provider
The dbParallel DataBooster library is a high-performance extension to ADO.NET Data Provider, includes two aspects: 1) A slimmed down API encapsulation which simplified the most common data access operations (DbConnection -> DbCommand -> DbParameter -> DbDataReader) into a single class DbAccess, to help application with a clean DAL, avoid over-packing and redundant-copy of data transfer. 2) A booster for writing mass data onto database. Base on a rational utilization of database concurrency and a effective utilization of network bandwidth.

Tabular AMO 2012
The sample is made of two project parts. The first part is a library of functions to manage tabular models -AMO2Tabular V2-. The second part is a sample to build a tabular model -AdventureWorks Tabular AMO 2012- using the AMO2Tabular library; the created model is similar to the ‘AdventureWorks Tabular Model 2012.

SQL Server Analysis Services Product Samples
SQL Server Analysis Services provides, a unified and integrated view of all your business data as the foundation for all of your traditional reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP) analysis, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) scorecards, and data mining.

Analysis Services Samples for SQL Server 2008 R2
This release is dedicated to the samples that ship for Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2. For many of these samples you will also need to download the AdventureWorks family of databases.

SQL Server Reporting Services Product Samples
This project contains Reporting Services samples released with Microsoft SQL Server product. These samples are in the following five categories: Application Samples, Extension Samples, Model Samples, Report Samples, and Script Samples. If you are interested in contributing Reporting Services samples, please let us know by posting in the developers’ forum.

Reporting Services Samples for SQL Server 2008 R2
This release is dedicated to the samples that ship for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 PCU1. For many of these samples you will also need to download the AdventureWorks family of databases.

SQL Server Integration Services Product Samples
This project contains Integration Services samples released with Microsoft SQL Server product. These samples are in the following two categories: Package Samples and Programming Samples. If you are interested in contributing Integration Services samples, please let us know by posting in the developers’ forum.

Integration Services Samples for SQL Server 2008 R2
This release is dedicated to the samples that ship for Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2. For many of these samples you will also need to download the AdventureWorks family of databases.

Windows Azure SQL Reporting Admin Sample
The SQLReportingAdmin sample for Windows Azure SQL Reporting demonstrates the usage of SQL Reporting APIs, and manages (add/update/delete) permissions of SQL Reporting users.

Windows Azure SQL Reporting ReportViewer-SOAP API usage sample
These sample projects demonstrate how to embed a Microsoft ReportViewer control that points to reports hosted on SQL Reporting report servers and how to use SQL Reporting SOAP APIs in your Windows Azure Web application.

Enterprise Library 5.0 – Integration Pack for Windows Azure
This NuGet package contains a zip file with the source code for the Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure. 

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQL SERVER – Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide

Today in User Group meeting there were lots of questions related to SQL Server 2014. There are plenty of people still using SQL Server 2005 but everybody is curious about what is coming in SQL Server 2014.  Microsoft has officially released SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide. You can easily download the product guide and explore various learning around SQL Server 2014 as well explore the new concepts introduced in this latest version.

This SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide contains few interesting White Papers, a Datasheet and Presentation Deck.

Here is the list of the white papers:

  • Mission-Critical Performance and Scale with SQL Server and Windows Server
  • Faster Insights from Any Data
  • Platform for Hybrid Cloud
  • SQL Server In-Memory OLTP Internals Overview for CTP1
  • SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Frequently Asked Questions for TechEd 2013 North America

Here is the list of slide decks:

  • SQL Server 2014 Level 100 Deck
  • SQL Server 2014 Mission Critical Performance LEvel 300 Deck
  • SQL Server 2014 Faster Insights from Any Data Level Level 300 Deck
  • SQL Server 2014 Platform for Hybrid Cloud Level 100 Deck

I have earlier downloaded the Product Guide and I have yet not completed reading everything SQL Server 2014 has to offer. If you want to read what are the features which I am going to use in SQL Server 2014, you can read over here.

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Product Guide

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)