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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

The More I Learn

the more I'm sure that I'm getting dumber with SQL Server.

This week I've been working on some QODs based on SQL Server 2005. I've used some of the articles, white papers, and blog postings that I've been reading lately to learn a few things about the new features. And so I fire up my June CTP to do some testing and ensure that the code compiles and works. Hopefully this will cut down the complaints in the QOD forums.

But as I work through the different areas, getting 2-3 questions from each, I'm amazed at how much stuff has changed and how much new stuff there is in the product. It seems like it grew exponentially whereas 2000 seemed like a point release from 7, which is originally was. This is a new beast and if you're looking at moving to it, there's some testing to be done.

Not that things won't work the same that you used in 2000, but you might have third party products, tools, add-ins, etc that need testing. I know we've been hoping to get in some testing on our search component, but time just gets away from me. Maybe next week :)

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