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.NET Integration: Easier Staff Deployment

Meanwhile, though, Morimoto's experiences with the SQL Server 2005 beta are similarly inconsistent. On the .NET integration side, Morimoto is confident that SQL 2005 will help save time and make better use of existing IT staff.

"Up to now, we've had certain individuals who do application development, and others who are DBAs. SQL Server has been very much a separate product, with its own language and set of tools. If I were an application developer and I wanted to do database work, I'd have to switch back and forth between two different environments," Morimoto comments.

"SQL 2005, on the other hand, is very tightly integrated with .NET. We'll be able to unify all of our developers on a single platform," he predicts.

Morimoto particularly likes the fact that SQL 2005 is written in C#. "This will give us a lot more flexibility in terms of deploying people. From a training standpoint, staff will no longer need to learn the Transact language—or the separate tools—in order to work with SQL Server. We'll be able to concentrate training into fewer areas."

He concedes, however, that staffers of both sorts might need to "pick up a few new tricks" to get the most out of SQL 2005.

Even though SQL 2005 is still in beta, Long & Foster has already been able to conduct some application development work with the new database.

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