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  • Hear the SQL Server 2012 story on DotNetRocks

    I was privileged to have a chat with my buddies over at, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, episode number 876 (876!). Listen to the most popular internet audio talk show for .NET developers!  Here's the abstract:Carl and Richard talk to Kevin Kline about the latest features in SQL Server 2012. The conversation ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 31, 2013
  • Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

    Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council ( has already created a large number of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 29, 2013
  • Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

    Let's talk about database application benchmarking.This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade. In this article published in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine, I'll give you a brief introduction to TPC benchmarks and, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 22, 2013
  • The All-New 'Database Lifecycle Management" is available on MSDN

    The initial release of Database Lifecycle Management is now available on MSDN.The site is something called ''curated content''. This means it's a single consolidated location to look up lots of disparate articles and content, all in one easy to search location. This “curated content view” contains the best content, video, and ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 5, 2013
  • SQLintersection!

    The best emotion to describe how I'm feeling is 'astounded'.  I'm astounded that I'm in such august company to be speaking the SQLIntersection (#iSQL) conference.  Read the blog post from my first SQL Server mentor, Kimberly Tripp, which tells you all about SQLintersection.Check out this list of speakers:Aaron Bertrand, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 27, 2013
  • Connected development in SSDT versus SSMS

    When you install the database projects template of SSDT you get SQL Server Object Explorer (SSOX) installed as well. SSOX is a pane within Visual Studio and is the main enabler of the Connected Development experience that the SSDT team have attempted to provide. SSOX provides some really cool capabilities that are not in SQL Server Management ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 19, 2013
  • SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 Released!

    SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 enables customers to use the Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project templates within the Visual Studio 2012 shell.  The components are delivered as a web download on the Microsoft Download center and will be available through Web Platform Installer.   This release is the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 8, 2013
  • What's It Like on a SQLCruise?

    I always seem to get a question or two along the lines of ''What's it like on a SQLCruise?'' as I present at various conferences, SQL Saturdays, and user group meetings.  Since we just finished up the 2013 Miami SQLCruise, I thought it'd be a good time to recap so that you can judge for yourself if you'd ever want to do it yourself. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 5, 2013
  • PowerPivot Compatibility across versions

    There are several versions of PowerPivot available and starting with Excel 2013 there are also several versions of Excel. It is useful to look at the compatibility between the different versions of Excel and PowerPivot available now. As a general rule when you have a PowerPivot workbook saved with a specific version of PowerPivot: You can ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on January 14, 2013
  • The Year That Was - 2012

    2012 was, simply stated, a year that kicked my butt.  When I wasn't struggling professionally, I was struggling personally.  Health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, and the passing of my father soon after Thanksgiving marked my biggest struggles.  I apologize to those of you who are normally on my Christmas ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2012
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