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Making Sense of MSDN

Last year Joel (of wrote an article that had a little blurb on the “MSDN Way” of doing things.  That basically amounted to always using the newest, fanciest tools to solve a problem.  Why use VB6 and SQL Server when you can use C#, SharePoint, BizTalk, XML, Web Services and SQL Server to accomplish the exact same thing.  I chuckled at that but basically agreed with his characterization of MSDN.  I'm still a big fan of the magazine though.  Tomorrow's C#, SharePoint, etc. is today's VB6 and SQL Server.  It's a great place to get a handle on what's coming.

Their latest article on using the CLR in SQL Server left me cold though.  It describes a way to return the top 3 results per category.  Really it left me very, very frustrated that Microsoft would even suggest using the CLR in this situation.  Especially since they added some T-SQL features to do exactly what the article is describing.  So I thought I'd post an alternate solution.  Let me know which approach you like better.

Print | posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 12:21 AM | Filed Under [ SQL Server Stuff Site Related ]



# re: Making Sense of MSDN

Well, Bill i *COMPLETELY* agree with you. Unfortunately seems that marketing is more interesting that techinical info, so all that shines new is shown as surely as better approach even for easy T-SQL solvable queries. Thought I love the power that xml and clr give to SQL Server, I *fear* that all this power will be abused, underused and misused by the 90% of people.
5/5/2005 12:11 PM | Davide Mauri

# Un pensiero prima di andare a letto: MSDN, gli articoli ed i consigli errati.

5/6/2005 5:33 PM | .NET Tools Blog

# Un pensiero prima di andare a letto: MSDN, gli articoli ed i consigli errati.

5/6/2005 5:36 PM | .NET Tools Blog

# re: Making Sense of MSDN

Some of the MVPs requested that MS remove the article due to its utterly poor content (use of a cursor to solve the problem initially?!?) -- no response yet...

By the way, note that Joel was referring to MSDN Magazine. Slightly different group than MSDN Library.
5/12/2005 8:24 AM | Adam Machanic

# re: Making Sense of MSDN

8/22/2005 12:40 PM | zafar
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