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When PhotoWorks launched its Yukon beta test last June, setup didn't run as smoothly as Watters would have liked.

"On one server, it took me five attempts before I was able to get the server up and running. The setup process was clunky," he acknowledges. "I do think, though, that this is to be expected of a beta 1 release."

Also based on his beta experiences, however, Watters predicts that some administrators will find the SQL 2003 learning curve a bit tough to climb.

"The learning process is going to be a difficult thing for people to many people to tackle. There are so many additions to the SQL Server Engine that learning all of the functionality (will) be a daunting task," he says.

"This functionality could potentially help our business, as well as assist me with rapid application development. I understand that Microsoft SQL Server Development Team is already making an attempt to mitigate that issue by coming up with ways of connecting the DBAs and developers to the communities surrounding SQL Server. Still, though, there's going to be a considerable amount of time spent in learning the basics of the new functionality."

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