Evaluating MS SQL Server Express as interim upgrade to Access Database.

A recent SQL Server Express evaluation came down to a number of key considerations.  Bear in mind that the network platform involved was Windows XP workstations running on Windows Server 2003. 

1. Can a SQL Server Express back-end serve more users than an equivalent MS Access platform?

2. Should we use SQL Server Express 2005 or 2008?

3. What are the installation requirements for SQL Server Express 2005.

Evaluating MS SQL Server Express

I'm currently evaluating options for a database project.  A prototype has already been developed using MS Access to design user entry forms and reports. Ultimately, the application will have about 100 users - but initially it will be just a handful. Still, there is a worry that Access will fall over as these users arrive.  

It will be a number of months before a SQL Server infrastructure will be put in place - so we are evaluating MS SQL Server Express as an interim development & testing platform. 

Google Wave & Drupal

I've been playing around with a developer preview of Google Wave which is entering the next phase of user rollout at the moment and generating a huge amount of interest in many quarters.

Computer Training: Smartskills - a recommendation.

Since 1995, Vision Communications offered a wide range of training courses - mostly around the Microsoft Office suite of software. In recent years the focus narrowed to Database and Project Management software. A new company has emerged in the wider training space, and this post is by way of a recommendation. Niamh Loftus (disclosure: yes, she's my sister) was previously employed by Synergy Network - but has recently bought out their training division and re-branded the operation as Smartskills.

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Welcome to the new training site.  It's still at the settling in stage - with boxes literally still moving around - but over the next month or so you will see the content begin to take shape.
In the meantime, please offer your feedback or make your enquiries here.


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