SSW BIG Tech Breakfast

SSW Update - Do you make sure you use a consistent Collation server-wide? +
User Group 2 Weeks Late - Please see below for details.

Tech Breakfast

SSW Tech Breakfast
SSW Tech Breakfast
From Access to the Enterprise 

Microsoft Access developers generally consider a move to SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services and .NET Windows Forms for performance, scalability, security and stability reasons. Attend this interactive session with Adam Cogan as he demonstrates how to:
· Upgrade your Access 97 database to Access 2003
· Upsize your Access 2003 database to SQL Server 2000
· Recreate your Access reports using the new Reporting Services
· Recreate your Access forms using .NET Windows Forms

This session is a must for all Access developers!

Tuesday 9th November.
8:00am - 11:00am at SSW
- Register online now
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SSW Tech Breakfast
eXtreme Programming for .NET Developers

Using a hands on approach, this course takes you through some advanced programming techniques for rapid development of high quality code in Visual Studio .NET such as defining tasks; test first coding; refactoring; spiking; automated testing and automated builds. Let Adam and Neil take you on a fast-paced journey that will change your coding methods forever.
· An introduction to tools such as: NUnit You are going to a site outside of SSW and NAnt You are going to a site outside of SSW.
· Defining tasks
· Refactoring
· Automating testing
· Automating builds

Friday 3rd December.
8:00am - 11:00am at SSW
Register online now


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SSW Software Audit

Companies from across the globe have been taking advantage of SSW's Software Audit Services. The common message that is received from clients is that getting their software built in-house can sometimes lead to a failure to identify design flaws and architectural insufficiencies. They need an unbiased second opinion from a knowledgeable source that can make recommendations to improve the quality of their software. More on SSW software audits

The Cutting Edge

G'day Developers!

Collation is a great feature for international companies. However, if you are not consciously using it then you should have all databases using a consistent collation.

Collation is the combination of language and sort orders. Back in SQL Server 7, you could only define the collation at the server level and, once it was set, you could not change it without rebuilding the master database. SQL Server 2000 added the ability to have 'Column Level Collation' which allows you to set it at the database or column level. It is ideal for those who only want the column name 'FirstName' to be represented in accent insensitive sort order. If you are not taking notice of collation, one of the side effects can be that you end up with many different collations on many different databases . More Rules to Better SQL Server Databases.

Cheers until next time, Adam
SSW Chief Architect and Microsoft Regional Director, Australia

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SSW Tech Breakfast Special Offers

Special SSW Tech Breakfast Offer

Refer someone new to our Tech Breakfast sessions and you can come along for free! There are two sessions you can choose from; From Access to the Enterprise on the 9th of November and eXtreme Programming for .NET Developers on the 3rd of December. These sessions are presented by Microsoft Regional Director Adam Cogan.

You can register online now or contact Rebecca either via 696e666f72407373772e636f6d2e6175 or on (02) 9953 3000.

Sydney .NET User Group - The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney *(2 weeks late)*

Sydney .NET User Group 3, November 2004
SSW .NET User Group

This months User Group has been postponed by 2 weeks as Adam is climbing the Western Breach of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa - lucky guy!

The content for the User Group will be emailed to you at a later date.

Wednesday 3rd November. 6:00 pm at Microsoft, 1 Epping Road North Ryde
>See You There!! | Sorry I can't make it

Extreme Programming Article - Simon Sharwood

eXtreme Programming has emerged as a grassroots solution to software development cost blowouts. Simon Sharwood reports on a process thats turning the developing world upside down.

"In October 2002, NSW treasurer Michael Egan asked his auditor-general to investigate a software development project at publicly-owned Sydney Water, Australias largest water services provider."

SSW .NET Toolkit

SSW .NetToolkitDevelop Applications More Efficiently with the SSW .NET Toolkit

The SSW .NET Toolkit is an example of a distributed multi-layer application based on the Microsoft Northwind database. Designed by Developers for Developers, the real-world source can be used as a model and basis for custom-designed applications perfect for small and medium enterprise (SME) applications. Microsoft's examples like Duwamish You are going to a site outside of SSWand IBuySpy You are going to a site outside of SSW are code intensive and marketed towards architects, not developers. The SSW .NET Toolkit delivers more functionality using less code.

The .NET Toolkit contains two parts. Part A demonstrates how to use extended providers for validation, and how to implement searching through records in a database. Part B shows how to implement SSW Exception Reporter an extended version of the Configuration Block. More on SSW .NET Toolkit


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