Wise Owl's quarterly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 17 - July 2016

The items included in this newsletter are listed below. Our newsletter go out about 3 times a year - if you'd like to subscribe, just let us know!

SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 was released on 1st June.  If you want to try it out for yourself, there is an easy way to get a free download, providing that it's just for your use. This newsletter summarises what's new in each part of SQL Server (huge changes to SSRS and SSAS Tabular, smaller changes elsewhere).

Reporting Services 2016

The SSRS report designer hasn't changed much, but Microsoft have (sensibly) dispensed with the primitive Report Manager website and introduced a glossy and sophisticated web portal instead.  There's a new application for developing and publishing reports for mobile phones, much better support for subscriptions and many other smaller changes besides (all of which you can read about here).

Integration Services 2016

If you work with the Hadoop file system in SSIS, there's a lot to get excited about; otherwise, there are only a few small, mostly cosmetic changes in Integration Services 2016.

The SQL language

Advanced SQL programmers will be pleased to know that there is now a command called DROP IF EXISTS, which dispenses with the need to test if a table exists before deleting it, but otherwise there's not much new in T-SQL for SQL Server 2016.

Analysis Services 2016

As predicted by an earlier edition of this newsletter, the multi-dimensional version of SSAS hasn't changed.  It's a different story with SSAS Tabular Model, however, with a much-improved DAX editor (hurray!), bi-directional relationships and quite a few other changes.

A new owl!

Wise Owl have a new trainer!  Sam read Psychology at Glasgow University, but has now emigrated to Glossop to join the team.  You can see his profile and picture here.

Mobile phone apps in Visual Studio

You can now use Visual Studio 2015 (which you need to install as part of SQL Server 2016, as above) to create mobile phone apps using something called Xamarin.

Integrated paper recycling

If you're really into recycling, why not recycle your paper in-house? Epson have unveiled the PaperLab, an in-office recycling system which takes in used paper and spits out new sheets.  Perhaps a tad over the top for the average office ...

Hedwig and Errol

And finally ... following the decision to name our Manchester training rooms Hedwig and Errol (see earlier issues), we're pleased to see that the eponymous owls have found a good home in Aberdeenshire at the Owl and Pussycat Centre.

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