August 2011

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data ServicesI’ll admit it, I’ve been involved in the process of book writing!  I wasn’t the writer, no, I left that task to Jeremy Kashel, Martyn Bullerwell and Tim Kent, three guys working for a UK-based company called Adatis.

I cooperated as one of the Technical Reviewers, which means I’ve read the whole book before it was published.  Obviously, just reading was not all.  I tried out all exercises to ensure that the code did not contain any mistakes and commented on possible errors, or difficult-to-understand paragraphs due to lack of details or sentences that were phrased in a weird way.

And I have to say, I was surprised by the quality of the text before it was even read by a Technical Reviewer.  It’s not easy to write several chapters, building further on the result of the previous one, without making any mistakes.  But the guys managed to do that just fine!

So, if you’re looking for a good book on Master Data Services, have a look at the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services book, published by Packt Publishing.

The book is aimed at everyone new to MDS, no prior knowledge is required.  You will need to know SQL Server though, but as you’re reading my blog I’m sure that shouldn’t be a problem.

This doesn’t mean that it won’t go into detail though, don’t misunderstand me here.  If you’ve read the book from start to finish, you will have thorough knowledge of Master Data Services!

Happy reading,



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I’m back!

Bestand:Tuberculummajushumeri.pngHey all, in case you were wondering if I stopped blogging: I didn’t!  But life interfered a bit too much the past few weeks.

For starters, I’ve been enjoying some holidays in the south of France.  But that wasn’t all.  This year the “holidays” were a bit different than usual as I spent them with a broken shoulder. No driving, no biking, one-handed typing, ….

That broken shoulder, more precisely the tuberculum majus, was the result of a bad crash during a mountain bike tour in Stavelot about a month ago.  Sixty kilometers of rocks, mud, roots, trees, …, all no issue.  Then at the end there was some asphalt.  I wanted to slow down a little because I didn’t trust the surface but my disc brakes did their work a bit too well.  Rear wheel locked, started slipping, well, let’s just say that asphalt is not my favorite substance to ride on :/

At this moment my shoulder is still hurting with certain movements, but the break is practically gone!  I’m also slowly starting to pick up the stuff that I couldn’t do anymore, such as typing.

What else am I up to?  Well, the installation procedure of Denali CTP3 is currently running in my virtual environment, gives me something to play with in the coming weeks…  Really interested in getting a peek at the new data quality functionality!

Besides playing around with Denali, I’ve got several screens of emails to go through. If you’ve tried to contact me and I haven’t gotten back yet: sorry about that, a reply will be coming soon!  How soon will depend on my ISP though.  Thanks to their wonderful upgrade of my modem, I’ve been out of internet/phone/digital TV for over three weeks now!  What a service huh.  Tomorrow one of their technicians is going to come over again, and I tell you, I will not unlock the front door before he gets this fixed!

So, I’m back!

Now, let’s see if I can get a connection to my neighbor’s router to get this published.  (Yes, he knows, I’ve kindly asked permission.)

Addendum: I couldn’t get connected to my neighbor’s router, so the “tomorrow” in the earlier paragraph is now “today”.  Which means my internet connection is operational again, woohoo!  The issue?  Well, apparently the previous technician wasn’t aware that the splitter hanging on my wall was an old model, which does not support the range needed for the new modem…  Takes them almost four weeks to figure that out, oh boy.  I don’t think I’ve ever worked on an issue that took me more than a couple of hours to figure out what was going wrong.

Anyway, have fun!




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