Yahoo! UI Library: Charts

Yahoo! UI Library has released some really cool interactive charting functionally. They wrap Action Script with JavaScript to allow some really rich charting capabilities without Adobe Flash or Flex.  All you need is Flash Player which most all users already have.
YUI Chart Example

Examples can be seen here.

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If you haven’t used stackoverflow.com, your missing out!

There was no way to paraphrase what this site is about.  Read below and check them out, its great!

Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away. You can register if you want to collect karma and win valuable flair that will appear next to your name, but otherwise, it’s just free. And fast. Very, very fast.

We don’t run Stack Overflow. You do. Stack Overflow is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow programmers. Once the system learns to trust you, you’ll be able to edit anything, much like Wikipedia. With your help, we can build good answers to every imaginable programming question together. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home — better programming is our goal.

Stack Overflow is as frictionless and painless to use as we could make it. We believe finding the right answer to your programming questions should be as easy as falling into the pit of success. And maybe even a little fun along the way.

So What? Who cares? Isn’t this just like a dozen other websites?

What’s so special about this? Well, nothing, really. It’s a programming Q&A website. The only unusual thing we do is synthesize aspects of Wikis, Blogs, Forums, and Digg/Reddit in a way that is somewhat original. Or at least we think so.

http://stackoverflow.com/about

.NET 4.0 – Things to come(WWF 4.0) and go(insert any MS data access strategy)…

In comes the Entity Framework again, maybe , and so goes LINQ to SQL.  I hope Microsoft can figure out its data access strategy.

Kathleen thinks Windows Workflow 4.0 willl be the most important feature:

http://msmvps.com/blogs/kathleen/archive/2009/01/07/the-most-important-feature-of-net-4-0.aspx

SQL Server 2008 and PowerShell

SQL Server 2008 now has support for PowerShell.

SQL Server provides two PowerShell snap-ins that implement:

* A SQL Server provider, which enables a simple navigation mechanism similar to file system paths. You can build paths similar to file system paths, where the drive is associated with a SQL Server management object model, and the nodes are based on the object model classes. You can then use familiar commands such as cd and dir to navigate the paths similar to the way you navigate folders in a command prompt window. You can use other commands, such as ren or del, to perform actions on the nodes in the path.

* A set of cmdlets, which are commands used in PowerShell scripts to specify a SQL Server action. The SQL Server cmdlets support actions such as running a sqlcmd script containing Transact-SQL or XQuery statements.

Resources:
SQL Server PowerShell Overview

Pre-written Powershell scripts for SQL Server Management

SQL Server Standard Edition 2005 upgrade to SQL Server Standard 2008 upgrade rules fail

I had an issue with SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Rules. I was running SQL Server 2005 Standard. I could not get past the Upgrade Rules. I told me I was trying to upgrade to an incompatible version and to see the version matrix. It made no sense to me. I ran “Select @@version” and it all came back correct. I did some digging into the Microsoft SQL Server100Setup BootstrapLogSummary.txt. I found out that my Reporting Services and tools version were installed with SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition.

What! How could that be? Yes, that is what I had installed, so not matter what version I tried to upgrade to it failed. The installer could not figure out what to do.

The Solution:
None really, I could not upgrade.
So, I had to re-create my environment with a new clean install of SQL Server 2005 Standard w/ Reporting Services then go through my upgrade tests. All was fine after that.

Upgrade to SQL Server 2008 fixes Reporting Services nested data region export to Excel

I recently upgraded to SQL Server 2008. The primary reason was to fix an issue with SQL Server Reporting Services – Excel Export issues with nested data regions.

“Any data region nested inside of a table or matrix data region is not supported. An error is displayed in Excel if this layout is encountered.”

They reportedly fixed this issue in SQL Server 2008. I my testing supports the claim and we no longer have the “nested data region errors”.

I must say that I was impressed with the new installer. Microsoft goes to great lengths to validate your SQL Server configuration before trying to upgrade. I had one upgrade issue that I talk about in this post, that was caused by me.