Post-holiday round-up

The worst thing about taking a holiday is coming back home and, despite having taken my laptop with me and checking my mails a few times, finding there are a gazillion emails waiting for me to follow-up. Hohum. Anyway, here are a couple of things that need mentioning…

First of all, registration is open for the next BI evening in London on September 26th:
http://www.sqlserverfaq.com/

There’s also a whole load of new stuff up at the SQLBits site, including some sessions (though not mine yet) and speakers:
http://www.sqlbits.com/

You can register for the conference here:
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032349295&Culture=en-GB

I see Vidas Matelis has picked up some more useful snippets of new features in AS2008 from a recent webcast:
http://www.ssas-info.com/VidasMatelisBlog/29_ssas-2008-katmai-info-from-august-9th-webcast#more-29

I missed the main webcast on the wider changes (originally billed as just being about the time series algorithm but it seems to have had its scope widened) in AS2008 but it looks like the recording should be available soon:
https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=6194

PerformancePoint CTP4 has been released and can be downloaded from Connect. David Francis has a feature list:
http://blogs.conchango.com/davidfrancis/archive/2007/08/16/PerformancePoint-CTP4-now-available.aspx

I also received a copy of Marco Russo’s new book "Introducing Microsoft LINQ". I won’t be reviewing here because I’m not really qualified to do so, but from the point of view of someone whose dev skills are pretty basic it looks like a good introduction to the subject.

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