This week I received notification from Microsoft that I was re-awarded for a second year now the 2019-2020 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in Azure.
Since becoming a Microsoft MVP, I’ve learned a lot about the community and continued to share my passion, knowledge and experience within the community around Architecture and Development in Azure, DevOps and Serverless technologies. I also keep a keen eye on what’s happening on the data technologies like Cosmos DB and Azure SQL.
Receiving the Microsoft MVP award is a humbling and exciting experience and it means you’re a member of this “elite” group of roughly 3000 Microsoft MVPs from around the world.
Earlier this year I attended my first MVP Global Summit and it was an amazing experience. I got to meet so many people in person that I only knew from online experiences. I also got to meet and interact with the various product teams and provide valuable feedback, and see what’s coming on the roadmap. I’m looking forward to attending next years MVP Global Summit and connecting with fellow MVPs.
If you’re interested in learning about the Microsoft MVP program and seeing what it takes to become a Microsoft MVP, or how to get awarded, I encourage you to take a look at the Microsoft MVP website and also the following article on “How to become a Microsoft MVP” where they explain some of the details of the program.
To wrap up this post I would like to congratulate all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world! You truly are an amazing community and I’m truly humbled to be part of this community.
This week we see an update for SQL Server Management Studio, version 18.1. This release is the latest generation of SQL Server Management Studio and provides support for SQL Server 2017.
What’s New in this Release
- Database diagrams – Database diagrams were added back into SSMS. If you did not know they removed this from the 18.0 release. For more details, see Database Diagrams.
- SSBDIAGNOSE.EXE – The SQL Server Diagnose command line tool was added back into the SSMS package.
- Integration Services (SSIS) – Support for scheduling SSIS package, located in SSIS Catalog in Azure or File System, in Azure. There are three entries for launching the New Schedule dialog, New Schedule… menu item shown when right-clicking the SSIS package in SSIS Catalog in Azure, Schedule SSIS Package in Azure menu item under Migrate to Azure menu item under Tools menu item and “Schedule SSIS in Azure” shown when right-clicking Jobs folder under SQL Server agent of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.
For details about what’s new in this release, please see the SSMS release notes.
Getting the Update
Head over to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms and go to the Download SSMS 18.1 section.
- Release number: 18.1
- Build number: 15.0.18131.0
- Release date: June 11, 2019
NOTE: SSMS 18.1 is the latest general availability (GA) version of SSMS. If you have SSMS 18.0 (GA) installed, installing SSMS 18.1 upgrades it to 18.1. If you have an older preview version of SSMS 18.0 installed, you must uninstall it before installing SSMS 18.1.
Supported SQL Offerings
This version of SSMS works with all supported versions of SQL Server 2008 – SQL Server 2019 preview and provides the greatest level of support for working with the latest cloud features in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
Additionally, SSMS 18.x can be installed side by side with SSMS 17.x, SSMS 16.x, or SQL Server 2014 SSMS and earlier.
Read the latest announcements about Azure Maps, our machine-learning tools, how we give clinicians the right data, and more.
— Read on azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-source-86/
This article takes a look at the four largest cloud vendors and compares them based on services, prices, languages and more, and offers some alternatives.
— Read on dzone.com/articles/comparing-serverless-architecture-providers-aws-az
Came across a great article about speaking at tech conferences. Check it out, it’s worth the read and who knows you might find yourself presenting.
You might be familiar with the following scenario.
You’ve been a developer for a while and you’ve learned quite a lot along the way. Travelled to a couple of tech conferences, saw a number of tech talks and one day you think – “I can probably do that”. This is what I personally thought at the beginning of 2017.
The good news is that this is true – you CAN do that.
The bad news: it’s not easy.
Follow the link for the rest of the article. dev.to/tlakomy/what-i-wished-someone-told-me-about-speaking-at-tech-conferences-3opp
During Rajesh Jha’s keynote, Kevin Gallo announced the new Windows Terminal and showed the following “sizzle video” that showcases that the team wants to aspire for v1.0:
Windows Terminal Session
Rich Turner (Senior Program Manager) and Michael Niksa (Senior Software Engineer) delivered a deep-dive session into the Windows Terminal, its architecture, and its code.
What’s new with the Windows Command Line
See Scott Hanselman interview the Windows Terminal team and discuss several aspects of the new Terminal capabilities, the process of opening sourcing Terminal and looking at some of its features:
The new Windows Terminal will run alongside Console and will not replace it. They are looking to target a preview download from the Microsoft Store by Summer 2019, and to deliver v1.0 release by end of 2019.
You can go try it now if you like by cloning the repository. This is pretty exciting and I can’t wait to download, compile and give it a try.