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The marriage of XML and relational data in SQL Server 2005 - is it important to you?
Author: Steve Lloyd Date Posted: 31/03/2006 1:35:47 PM
Whether you are a database developer, administrator, or even an application developer, this presentation is designed to get you thinking. This month's presentation is on the native support for the combination of XML and relational data in SQL Server 2005.

Some people regard XML data storage in databases as the way of the future, making traditional relational structures almost redundant. Others think that XML should never play any significant role in a database. There are others still that have no idea what this whole XML support in SQL Server 2005 is about.

Well, this presentation is pretty much targeted at the third group, but if you belong to the first or second, please come along. Strong opinions and fiery discussions are most welcome!

This presentation will be introductory, fast-paced and demo driven. Some of the topics covered include SQL Server 2005's support for:
· xQuery;
· XML Schema;
· XML indexing;
· Structured vs semi-structured data, and;
· XSLT (not so much supported by SQL Server, but interesting in the context of XML support).

I will be kicking off with a brief rundown of XML, so we all start on the same page.

Can you afford to not investigate this interesting option for data storage which is rapidly gaining momentum around the world?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Having earned two engineering degrees, a Grad. Dip. Ed. in Mathematics, and a Grad Cert. in Gifted Education, Steve Lloyd's father thinks that he has not spent enough time in the real world.

His time in the real world has been spent being an Engineer, a maths teacher and boarding master, a .NET application developer, a database
developer, and finally a business intelligence specialist. Steve is currently head of OLAP for the Dept of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in Canberra.

When Steve isn't at work, he enjoys brewing beer from scratch, which means starting with malted grains, hops, water and yeast. He is famous for offering samples of his homebrew to others at inappropriate times of the day. When he is not working or brewing, Steve enjoys writing short autobiographical passages where he refers to himself in the third person.




Venue: Canberra Microsoft Office, Level 2, 44 Sydney Avenue, BARTON, ACT | Duration Pizza & drinks from 5:00 pm for a 5:30 pm start. Finish approximately 7pm | On: Tuesday, 11 April 2006