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Enjoy Another Sandwich -- Kent Tegels

Yummy slices of SQL Server between slices of .NET and XML

The thing I hate about missing TechEd is getting the eye candy late

But this eye candy is worth waiting for.  What I am talking about?

I have spend that last weeks nose down in the Spatial bits for SQL Server 2008. I really believe this is the darkhorse super feature of the product. But a big problem with it has been visualizing the results. Unless you good at mentally visualing spatial relationships, it can be pretty hard to make sense of some the spatial based queries you are likely to want to use. Since CTP5, I have been using Morten Nielsen's SQL Server 2008 Spatial Tools quite happily.

In Eye Candy of the Highest Order, IsaacK introduces the Spatial Results pannel for SSMS. In short, you no longer have to suffer with this:

Because you render the data like this:

Yum! The downside is that this won't be in RC0 but, per Isaac, should be in RTM.

Issac has also started talking about some new features that will make constructing geo* instances easier with the new Builder APIs. Check out Our Upcoming Builder API for the details.

Published Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:51 AM by ktegels
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Kent Tegels passed away on July 31, 2010. Kent was an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University and a member of the technical staff at PluralSight. He was recognized by Microsoft with Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status in SQL Server for his community involvement with SQL Server and .NET. Kent held Microsoft Certifications in Database Administration and Systems Engineering, and contributed to several books on data access programming and .NET. He was a well known industry speaker, and resided in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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