SQL Server Latest Updates (Mar. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2012 SP2 and SP3:

Cumulative Update #2 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

You can download the latest preview of SQL Server Management Studio here.

Additionally, downloads of new useful tools are available:

Stay Tuned! 🙂

Agile@School – episode 3

Agile@School project is growing and finally we’re reaching the most important part of the iteration.

In this third episode we played the planning poker game on a round table (which appears like a poker session at a first sight actually 🙂 ) and the students decided to skip the coffee break! You know how is really difficult for them to be focused.

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Agile@School – episode 2

In this post, we’ve introduced the Agile@School project, a new way for managing school projects.

The second “episode” I’ve added an actor, Gabriele, a student which will be the scrum master. We’ve achieved the real number of team members, which is 9 and we’ve understood also the interests of each member. The final goal is to create a team and to manage the teachers idea of project for the final exams.
Scrum master
Gabriele, will be the scrum master. Since I’ll be the coach, I need also, let’s say, an “external” person. He’ll help me in separating the heavy amount of work and in facilitating the team.
The project
The project is based on a product called “Ex-students yearbook“. It’s a database of students which studied in the school, which provides also a web user interface for both the front end and the administration back end.
The team
We’ve got 9 members. Now, is time to understand the skill of each team member.
Next time, likely this saturday, we’ll go deeper and we’ll start to add user stories and PBIs on VSTS. We’ve got already the document with specifications. For each story we will define the Personas and after this step, we’ll start to play to Planning Poker.
In the end we want:
– Get VSTS with PBIs in Product Backlog
– Make PBIs with efforts
– Get the first Sprint backlog
– Get the list of tasks for the first sprint
– Get the capacity and the roles in the team
– Define the sprint duration and ceremonies schedule
Then, the students will start to coding!
Stay Tuned! 

SQL Server Latest Updates (Jan. 2016)

Directly from the SQL Server Release Service blog, here the latest updates for SQL Server 2012 SP2 and SP3:

Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

Additionally, Microsoft announced the release of TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.2 support for SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014. Read more here.

Stay Tuned! 🙂

Agile@School – A new way for managing school projects

Last Saturday, I’ve shown the Agile@School project at ITSOS Fornovo Taro, the school in which I’ve studied for five years, just before starting to work as a junior developer.

ITSOS has been (and this is true right now) at the forefront of computer technology and now, thanks to the new “technology course”, the project becomes really interesting. During the year, indeed, the teachers have spoken about development methodologies, both for Agile and Waterfall approaches. This sounds great, especially in Italy.

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SQL Server 2016 CTP3 – new features and the JSON support improvements

SQL Server Community Technology Preview 3 has been released some days ago.

The SQL Server team added a lot of features related to:

  • SQL Server Engine (Query Store, Temporal Tables and In-Memory improvements)
  • Cloud-ready stuff (Transactional replication from and to Azure SQL Databases, Stretched database enhancements)
  • New releases of Management Studio
  • Analysis Services
  • Reporting Services (great, let’s say, “new entry”)
  • Integration Services

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