Keeping Windows 8 Tablets in Sync with SQL Server 2012

Windows 8 Book Front

I’m pleased to announce that my newest book, “Keeping Windows 8 Tablets in Sync with SQL Server 2012,” is now available for sale. Spending a decade travelling the globe to help the world’s largest companies design and build mobile solutions had taught me a few things.  Large organizations are not interested in constantly running on the new … Read more

Simple Mobile Sync with SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server Compact: Episode III

SQL Server Compact

Back in my first article, I showed you where to find Microsoft’s latest updates to the SQLCE and RDA technologies so you can begin synchronizing data with the new SQL Server 2012 (Denali) database. Just imagine, you now have mobile sync components that give you the flexibility to to work with SQL Server 7, 2000, … Read more

Simple Mobile Sync with SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server Compact: Episode II

SQL Server Compact

In my last article, I walked you through finding, downloading, installing, and configuring SQL Server 2012 Express, SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 CU6, and the Sync Server Tools.  With that series of tasks completed, you’re now capable of performing data synchronization with a mobile Windows client. Open SQL Server 2012 Management Studio and connect to the local SQL … Read more

Simple Mobile Sync with SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server Compact: Episode I

SQL Server Compact

Now that SQL Server 2012 has been released, some of you might be wondering if SQL Server Compact is capable of synchronizing with it.  With the release of Cumulative Update Package 6 for SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2, the answer is a resounding yes! Build number 3.5.8088.00 adds support for replication with SQL Server “Denali” which is … Read more

Performance and Memory Management Improvements with Windows Embedded Handheld

It should be no surprise that over 80% of enterprise handhelds shipped are running Windows Mobile or Windows Embedded Handheld.

Reducing SQL Server Sync I/O Contention :: Tip 5

Trident Submarine

When it comes to delivering server solutions with Windows Server and SQL Server, speed is your friend (as we used to say in the submarine service). More speed means more things can happen in a given period of time. If more things can happen in a given period of time, then you can derive greater … Read more

SQL Server Compact 4.0 Lands on the Web

SQL Server

With the new version 4.0, the little-database-that-could has grown up into a powerful server database ready to take on the web.

Reducing SQL Server Sync I/O Contention :: Tip 3

Primary Key

Uniqueness is a key factor when synchronizing data between SQL Server/Azure and multiple endpoints like Slates and Smartphones. With data simultaneously created and updated on servers and clients, ensuring rows are unique to avoid key collisions is critical. As you know, each row is uniquely identified by its Primary Key.

Reducing SQL Server I/O Contention during Sync :: Tip 2

Database Storage

All DBAs know that Joining tables on non-indexed columns is the most expensive operation SQL Server can perform.

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Improving the In-Memory Database

Phone 7

About a month ago, I wrote an article intended to help you fill some of the gaps left by the missing SQL Server Compact database. Since your Windows Phone 7 Silverlight app is consuming an ObservableCollection of objects streaming down from Windows Azure and SQL Azure, it makes sense to organize those objects in a … Read more

Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 has Arrived

SQL Server Compact

My favorite embedded database for Windows Phones, laptops, tablets and desktops has been released to the Web along with Visual Studio 2010. New features for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 include: Supports working with a SQL Server Compact 3.5 database using the Transact-SQL Editor in Visual Studio 2010. The Transact-SQL Editor can be used to … Read more

Enterprise Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5 Mobile Merge Replication

Enterprise Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5 Mobile Merge Replication

I’m happy to say that my latest book is now available on Amazon. With the world’s largest organizations rolling out tens of thousands of Windows® phones, laptops, tablets and Netbooks to empower their respective mobile workforces, the ability to create mobile line of business solutions that support large numbers of users is absolutely critical. In … Read more

The Hidden Message Queue on your Windows phone

The ability to be “offline” and “occasionally-connected” is a critical component of successful mobile apps. Wireless data networks lack complete coverage and exhibit a level of unreliability that immediately disqualify permanently-connected apps like you might see on a corporate LAN.  For a mobile app to be successful, it must allow the user to keep working … Read more

What ever happened to RDA?

Who remembers using RDA Remote Data Access to synchronize data between SQL Server and SQL Server Compact?  I certainly do! Before I dove head first into the world of Merge Replication, I always used RDA to get my customers up and running quickly.  Mobilizing an organization’s workforce quickly and easily is what it’s all about … Read more