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SQL Server 2005 Distilled by Eric L. Brown

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Chapter 4. Features for Database Development

This chapter discusses the feature sets with which database application developers are typically familiar. Database administrators might be inclined to skip this chapter, but I wouldn’t. What has happened in this release of SQL Server can simply be described as a re-architecture of the frameworks for developing new classes of applications. In SQL Server 2005, the extensibility of the overall database platform has been greatly increased. Don’t be distracted by SQL Server’s capability to “host” the Common Language Runtime (CLR). It’s much more than that. The introduction of managed code into SQL Server means greater integration opportunities for packaged and custom application development. Basically, ...

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