Archive for the ‘SQLCLR’ Category

Hosting of Code Samples

February 12, 2009

The other day when I posted about the sample how to call a WCF Service from a SQLCLR method, I mentioned that I had no place to host my demo-code. I did not want to create a project on CodePlex (like I did with the SQLCLRProject), as demo code is not really projects per se.

I discussed this with David Reed from Microsoft who is a PM on the SQL Server team, and has a lot to do with overseeing the SQL projects on Code Plex. He mentioned MSDN’s Code Gallery, which is a place where you can create resource pages and upload code for download. So, earlier today I created a new resource page on the Code Gallery, and uploaded the SQLCLR to WCF sample to there. My intention is to upload other SQL Server related samples as well as How-To articles to there.

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How-To Article about Calling a WCF Service from SQLCLR

February 8, 2009

I sometimes (not as much as I would like) hang out at some of the user forums where people talk about SQL Server generally and the SQLCLR specifically. Ever so often the question is being asked how to call into a WCF service from SQLCLR (.NET code running inside SQL Server).

The other day I became tired of giving exactly (or thereabout) the same answer for the n:th time, so I decided to croft up some code and write a mini How-To about how to call into a WCF service from SQLCLR. So without any further ado, the How-To article can be found here. I do not have anywhere to host the code yet (my usual hosting place disappeared – don’t ask), so until I decide where to host you can drop me an email if you want to see the code.

Update: I have now created a Resource Page on MSDN’s code gallery, where the sample code for the article can be found. So if you want to get the code, go to here.

New Home for SQLCLRProject

February 7, 2009

About a year ago, I wrote how I were about to re-surrect the SQLCLRProject tool, and in that process I created some new pages for it here at my WordPress blog.

This tool has had some interest, and it seems that quite a few of you are interested in helping out to take it forward. So due to that, and the fact that there are issues where I hosted it for download, I have today created a CodePlex project for it. You can find its new homepage here.

At the moment there are no source code there, just the binaries. I am in the process ofcleaning up the source code, and as soon that is done – I will upload it there as well.

So, go over there and have fun!!

SqlClrProject version 2.6 Released

February 27, 2008

I have just released a new version – 2.6 – of the deployment tool for SQLCLR assemblies. It is a minor release, but it implements some changes that are fundamental for coming versions and also fixes a couple of minor bugs.

The download page for it is here, and if you want general information about what the SqlClr project is, you should go here.

Update of SQLCLRProject

January 30, 2008

I’ve had some feed-back about SQLCLRProject (thanks Doug et al!), and based on that fixed some issues.

Read all about it, and get the updates on the download page.

As always, comments and suggestions for improvements are very welcome!!

Niels

Like Phoenix Rising … or New Version of SQLCLRProject

January 14, 2008

Hi everyone, it’s been a while šŸ™‚ (shame one me!)!!

As some of you may know, back in the days I developed a tool for deploying .NET assemblies to SQL Server 2005 (or, as it was called then, Yukon). Initially it was just a tool used from the command line. As time went by, it evolved into a project named SQLCLRProject, consisting of the command line tool (YukonDeploy), a stand-alone front-end GUI, DeployProperties, and an add-in (with project and item-templates) for Visual Studio, DeployAddIn.

The latest release of SQLCLRProject was back in February 2006 (wow, that was a long time ago šŸ˜¦ ) , and up until a month or so, nothing much was done to it. I used it whenever I did any SQLCLR work and I know other developers were using it as well. Anyway, a while back I started receiving emails from people wondering if I could fix some “undocumented features” and/or implement some new features.

So, I decided to resurrect the project and the last weeks I have been working on fixing the issues and adding some more features. I’m fairly happy with it as it is right now, and today I release version 2.5. The download page for it is here.

So what has been done:

  • The project has now it’s own web-pages, so I have a place to point people to when explaining what SQLCLRProject is.
  • The Visual Studio add-in (and templates) supports both VS 2005 as well as VS 2008
  • The VS add-in (as well as the other tools) supports both SQL Server 2005 as well as SQL Server 2008 (Katmai).
  • The previous version of the tool allowed you to re-deploy a UDT without manually dropping tables with columns based on the UDT. The tool either dropped the whole table or just the column (based on a configurable setting), before re-deploying. In this version the choice is as before to either to drop the whole table or the column. However if choosing to drop the column:
    • first the table is altered and a new column is added (varchar(max) or varbinary(max) – also based on a configurable setting),
    • then the data from the original column is copied over to the new column
    • finally the original column is dropped.
  • In T-SQL we have the notion of procedure parameters with default values. In .NET we don’t have anything similar (well, VB.NET has optional parameters, but that is a compiler hack). The tool now allows you to, by using an attribute, defining parameters in your .NET code that will be created as T-SQL object with default values.
  • Fixed a bug where the add-in for VS could not handle project with white spaces in the path.

So, if you are interested, go to here to read more about SQLCLRProject and if you want to download; the download page is here.

Comments etc are always welcome, post a comment here (or on the main page) or drop me an email.

Niels

Rebooting the Blog

August 21, 2006

I’ve been blogging on and off (mosly off) for a couple of years now, and blogging has been trying to quit smoking – but the opposite: you keep it up (blogging) for a while but then you fall back into the old habits (not blogging).

I have decided to give it a final go; I’ll try to blog with some frequency, if I can not do that for a sustained period I have told myself to give it up totally. In conjunction with trying to get back to blogging I have also decided to move from a blog hosted on my staff web site at DevelopMentor to a wordpress.com hosted blog.

In this blog I’ll cover (as before) topics regarding databases (SQL Server in general), data access technologies (ADO.NET, LINQ etc). As I have recently switched to Mac and OSX I may also write about the experiences switching to Mac after having been a Windows user for a looooooong time.

I’ll try and do a re-direction of the feed from my DM blog to the feed here, but I can not guarantee that I will succeed in doing that.