Almost five years had passed the last time Microsoft released an upgraded version of its flagship SQL Server database back in 2005. While SQL Server 2005 was warmly received by IT pros, Microsoft vowed to never again allow so much time to elapse between releases. As promised, the company last month officially delivered SQL Server 2008.
While the latest version of SQL Server is a less-ambitious upgrade than that presented by the 2005 cycle, there are a number of significant improvements across the board. Everything from resource governing to policy-based management has many database admins anxious to upgrade. However, some of the most dramatic changes and additions are focused squarely on developers.
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