Datadude CTP6 Now Available

Just had the good news from Gert Drapers that CTP6 of DataDude (aka Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals) has hit the download site. You can get it from here:

Great to see it progressing so well. Gert listed the following highlights in this post: 


Datadude Chat!

I've been presenting a number of sessions around the country on Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals (aka DataDude). The interest in the product seems to be growing well.

If you'd like to chat to one of the people directly involved with the product, Cameron Skinner has posted details of an upcoming online chat with the product team. It's Thursday 2nd November at 5am Melbourne time (note Daylight Savings time is in effect then). Details are here:

If you'd like to know more about the product, you might also listen to the podcast I recently recorded with Gert Drapers. It's at

Script SQL Server Database – Schema *and* Data

Good to see a CTP of a new publishing wizard for SQL Server appearing on the download site this morning. It can be used to generate the T-SQL scripts necessary to recreate a database with both schema and data. This could be very useful when you need to publish a database up to a hosted server environment. Details are at:

Vista Photos

In the RD program, we get some odd requests. The other day, Kevin Schuler (our RD lead) was after photos of us with Vista and Office at landmarks around the world. So, I was in Sydney and with help from Corneliu Tusnea and his photographer mate, we got busy:



It was pretty funny watching the expressions on the faces of people around us while we were doing this…

SQL Down Under Code Camp #1 done and #2 on the way !

Thanks to all that participated in our weekend of all things SQL Server. In particular I need to thank the other speakers (in order of appearance 🙂 :

Adam Cogan, Grant Paisley, Geoff Orr, Peter Myers, Darren Gosbell, Greg Linwood, Rob Farley, Itzik Ben-Gan, Peter Ward, Trevor Andrew.

I ended up being the last one and we were done pretty much right on time around 3pm Sunday.

I always felt there was enough interest in SQL Server related topics to justify a full weekend CodeCamp on it and was really pleased with the outcome. We nearly left it to next year as this year’s dates were fairly short notice for attendees but thought it was worth trying anyway. If 60 or 70 had come, I would have been pleased. We ended up with 118 registering and the high-water mark seemed to be about 118 attendees. That’s very pleasing.

Special thanks again to Irfan Altas and the gang at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, to the folk in Frank’s team at Microsoft that help make it all possible, to Itzik Ben-Gan for being our special guest and to Glenn Johnston and Peter Ward and my colleagues at Readify and PASS that helped in many ways.

We’ve now set the dates for SQL Down Under Code Camp 2007. It’s October 13th and 14th 2007 in the same location.

Here are a few photos from the event (courtesy of Rose):

First, our fine feathered friend who’s now attended two CodeCamps. Cleverest bird around!


Some of the MVPs in attendance with our Microsoft MVP lead Rose Stamell

MVPs with Rose

The traditional gatherings in the hallways:


Grant Paisley and Greg Linwood


Serious discussions:

Serious discussions