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The best tools to Audit Your SQL Server Database The SQL 2000 Best Practices Analyzer - presented by Adam Cogan
Microsoft recently released a tool called Best Practices Analyzer. All SQL Server developers and administrators should run this tool. Come learn about many issues you can't afford to ignore from Database Design and Yukon Readiness to T-SQL issues and poor Configuration choices.

This is a great session for everyone from the new SQL Server developer to the old DBA! You'll all be impressed when you see how to run the tool and how to fix the identified issues.
Thursday 28th April
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From Access to the Enterprise - presented by Adam Cogan

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:

  1. Upgrade your Access 97 database to Access 2003
  2. Upsize your Access 2003 database to SQL Server 2000
  3. Recreate your Access reports using the new Reporting Services
  4. Recreate your Access forms using .NET Windows Forms

This session is a must for all Access developers!

Thursday 27th May 2005
8:00am - 11:00am at SSW
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The Cutting Edge

G'Day Developers!
Do you include version numbers in your setup filename? I'm always downloading my favourite 3rd party software utilities from the web. But I find it very frustrating if the developer has not made it easy to check whether I've already got the latest version. It is not OK to expect a user to run the setup.exe in order to find out what version it is.

The easy solution is to include the version number in the name of the setup file. We use [productname]_ver[major version]-[minor version].exe E.g. SSWCodeAuditor_Ver1-89.exe

In .NET, however, you strike a problem. .NET removes any 0 in the prefix and so e.g. _v1-02 becomes _v1-2. The rather contrived solution is to start minor versions at 11. Therefore _v1-11.exe is your first version.

To deal with those naughty developers who don't include version numbers, rename the file after you download it... More on rules to better code.

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

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Sydney .NET User Group - The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney

Sydney .NET User Group  20th April 2005

Can you see yourself! November 2004 User Group

This month, we are serving up a delicious, content-rich session choc-full of tasty tips and giveaways.

Special guest, Microsoft MVP Darren Neimke is presenting IBF - a framework for exposing line of business data through Office applications by using .NET and SmartTag technology to take advantage of contextual information.

Tatham Oddie will then take you through Resharper, a utility that has taken the .NET world by storm. Resharper comes equipped with a rich set of features, such as intelligent coding assistance, on-the-fly error highlighting and quick error correction, unmatched support for code refactoring, and a whole lot more. Come along for some Resharper giveaways, plus an exclusive discount offer for all attendees!

Finally, Adam Cogan will give us a sneak peek into the exciting new world of Reporting Services 2005 in Yukon. He will take us through the new features in Reporting Services 2005, including a new web-based report designer!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday 20th April 6:00 pm at Microsoft, 1 Epping Road North Ryde
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Code Auditor utilises the power of Regular Expressions to audit your code. This powerful feature permits the user to write their own set of rules and have different rules for different projects. SSW Code Auditor.

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