SQL Reporting Services Book

While travelling lately, I also finally finished reading Peter Blackburn & Bill Vaughn’s wonderful book on SQL Reporting Services. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I did find their Harry Potter chapter 9 3/4 a bit over the top (and as you’ll note below, I’m into reading Harry Potter). Peter and Bill provide great coverage of pretty much every aspect of using the product from a developer’s point of view. The only area I’d have liked to seen more on was using it from within Winform apps. However, that will be a good story soon with new Winform controls that can render … Continue reading SQL Reporting Services Book


Just got back from an entertaining session by Charles Sterling at our MSDN user group. Chuck covered the membership and webpart management API’s in ASP.NET v2. While I really like how easy the ASP.NET team have made it to set up these tools, I really, really do not like the API’s they’ve come up with. Unless I’m missing something, they are completely inconsistent with how things are “normally“ done in the .NET Framework. One of the biggest contributions the .NET Framework made was to clean up the mess of API’s that were associated with Win32. Whey then do we want … Continue reading ASP.NET v2 API’s

Echo, echo, echo

Hi Folks, Was just talking to Mitch who was doing some Skype testing and I mentioned Echo123 to him. Thought I should blog it as I was unaware of it until the other day too and I figure I might not have been alone on that. If you need to test Skype (or headphones, mikes, applications, etc.), you can connect to address “echo123”. An automated voice greets you, allows you to speak some text and then echoes it back to you. Enjoy!  

Yes I read Harry Potter too

Similar to what Mitch Denny mentioned in his post, I bought a copy of the latest Harry Potter book on Saturday and finished reading it last night. It was a case of deja vu reading Mitch’s post. I enjoyed the book. I think it’s a tribute to J K Rowling that I can still be bothered to do so (and so quickly) after six volumes. The story really sets the situation for the next book but is a good read on its own. It certainly fills in a lot of blanks left by earlier volumes. Don’t let anyone tell you what … Continue reading Yes I read Harry Potter too

SQL Down Under Podcast Show #3 now available

Hi folks, SQL Down Under podcast #3 is now available at www.sqldownunder.com. My guest is SQL Server MVP and SQL XML guru Kent Tegels. In the show, Kent discusses why XML support is so important for SQL Server, the level of support available in SQL Server 2000 today and what he’s looking forward to with XML support in SQL Server 2005.

RSS Bandit and F@#$@#$!@#$!@#$ Hotel Internet Connections (particulary GetIn2Net)

I detest the amount of money I have to pay for Internet connections when staying at hotels. Recently, it cost me $84 for one night at the Saville Park Suites in Perth for a dial-up connection via their 5500 service. Even though there was a cap on each call, the system kept cutting me off and I had to keep redialling, thus starting a new call cap. Mostly, I use iBurst where it’s available (currently Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra). But when I travel to Adelaide or Perth, I’m currently out of luck on that front. One of my least favourites … Continue reading RSS Bandit and F@#$@#$!@#$!@#$ Hotel Internet Connections (particulary GetIn2Net)

And another book

While on the flight to Perth, I read Joe Celko’s new book on SQL Programming Style. It certainly was an interesting read and quite thought-provoking. Can’t say I agree with all his conclusions though. For example, even though I’ve read his arguments why, I just don’t see “invoice_nbr” as a better column name than “InvoiceNumber”. It’s no doubt my background that clouds this. But on many, many other recommendations he makes, I couldn’t agree more. I’ll be tackling details from it on our SQL Down Under mailing list (details at www.readify.net) over the next few weeks to get others’ reactions … Continue reading And another book

Hilary Cotter’s Replication Book

While travelling recently, I finally got to finish Hilary Cotter’s book on SQL Server replication. What can I say? It’s excellent work. If you are working with either Transactional or Snapshot replication with SQL Server 2000, this is the bible. Hilary provides a very clear description of every question in every dialog you are likely to see when configuring replication and gives wonderful insights into how it works internally. Highly recommended!

New Ozzie MVP

Congrats to Martin Granell (also from Readify) who has been awarded MVP status in Solutions Architecture http://wah.onterra.net/blog/archive/2005/07/02/1624.aspx Well done Martin!