With the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Beta 2, the world of database development is changing. As a database developer, you now have the option to appropriately locate your code in relation to its functionality, to access data in native formats such as XML, and to build complex systems that are driven by the power of the database server. Database development is becoming more integrated than ever before, and all of the tools that you need are available right at your fingertips.
Are you tired of struggling with T-SQL to encapsulate the logic your applications need to get data into and out of SQL Server? Now you can bypass SQL altogether, and write logic that runs directly within SQL Server in your favorite .NET language.
Get introduced to SQL Server Express, learn how to install and configure it in a secure manner, plus get information on the basics of SQL Server security.
One of the excellent features of the next release of SQL Server, known as SQL Server 2005, is its deep XML integration with the SQL Server database engine. This integration goes well beyond the simple relational-to-XML mapping layer that SQL Server 2000 provided. SQL Server 2005 will feature a native XML data type that will allow you to store native XML data in SQL Server itself.
You can use features in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 Service Pack (SP) 1 to work more efficiently with image objects and other data. Learn how to use BLOB data types to work with data stored in a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database from an InfoPath form. InfoPath 2003 provides a robust and rich interface to store and access data in SQL Server databases. Learn about best practices for integrating SQL Server databases and InfoPath form data, with an illustrative example.
This is the twenty-fourth article of the series, MDX Essentials. The series is designed to provide hands-on application of the fundamentals of the Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) language, with each tutorial progressively adding features designed to meet specific real-world needs.