Monthly Archives: February 2008

Integrated Full Text Search (iFTS) in SQL Server 2008

The SQL Server Development Team at Microsoft has been doing some great work with Integrated Full Text Search (iFTS) in SQL Server 2008. The iFTS feature is available in the February CTP of SQL Server 2008. Simon Sabin, who is … Continue reading

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Lots of Performance Benchmarks Released For SQL Server 2008

As part of the hoopla around the big Heroes Happen Here launch in Los Angeles today, a number of impressive database benchmark results for SQL Server 2008 were released today. The Microsoft SQL Server Performance blog has details here. These … Continue reading

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Microsoft Publishes Case Study About NewsGator and SQL Server 2008

Microsoft has just published an interesting case study about how NewsGator uses Microsoft technologies and products (such as SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and .NET 3.5) to develop our products and run our high volume infrastructure. Related to this … Continue reading

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MERGE Performance with February CTP of SQL Server 2008

I have been doing some testing with the February CTP of SQL Server 2008 (aka Katmai), comparing the performance of the new TSQL MERGE command to the classic "Upsert" pattern of trying an UPDATE, checking the @@ROWCOUNT and then doing … Continue reading

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More Defense of Windows Vista

Robert McLaws has a good post up "The Vista Reality Distortion Field Continues" that talks about how fashionable it is to bash Vista among some tech writers and "journalists". As he notes, I also remember the shrill caterwauling that went … Continue reading

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More Free Software From Microsoft

If you attend one of the free, Heroes Happen Here events, you will get quite a bit of free software (not to mention lots of good information). Register at HeroesHappenHere) to attend a U.S. launch event and go home with … Continue reading

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Six-Core Intel Dunnington Xeon Details Leaked By Sun

DailyTech has a story up about the upcoming six core Dunnington Xeon CPU, which is a replacement for the fairly recent Tigerton Xeon CPU.  This new chip is pin and chipset compatible with the Tigerton Xeon, so it should work … Continue reading

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