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A Developer’s Guide to SQL Server 2005 by Dan Sullivan, Bob Beauchemin

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1. Introduction

SQL SERVER 2005 contains features that constitute the biggest change since the internal server rewrite of SQL Server 7. This is true from both programmability and data model viewpoints. This chapter describes SQL Server 2005 in terms of .NET Framework programmability, SQL:1999 compliance, user-defined types (UDTs), and XML integration to present a picture of holistic data storage, manipulation, and access.

The .NET Framework and the Microsoft Platform

The .NET Framework is Microsoft’s latest environment for running program code. The concept of managed code, running under control of an execution engine, has quickly permeated all major operating systems, including those from Microsoft. The .NET Framework is one of the core technologies ...

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