SQL Server 2005
Yup, it's OFFICIAL! SQL Server 2005 was released to
manufacturing at the end of October and it was officially launched on November 7
in San Francisco.
The SQL Server Data Mining team would like to take this
opportunity to thank all of you folks - our early adopters - for your
support and feedback. You helped us ship a world-class product that we're really
proud of, one that we know will change the face of the data mining industry.
The final product will be making its way to the retail
over the next couple of months, but it's already available for
immediate download to MSDN subscribers. There will be scores of additional
launch events in cities across the US and the rest of the world over the next
month, so you can try and catch one of those if you weren't able to make it to SFO.
For more information about the SQL Server 2005 launch, visit
Zen And The Art Of Clustering
Sure, implementing a good clustering algorithm can be an art
but we've taken clustering to a whole new aesthetic level. Check out the new
live sample "The
Art Of Clustering" at SQLServerDataMining.com - it lets you draw your own
elliptical clusters and play with various algorithm parameters to see how the
Microsoft Clustering algorithm works. As a side benefit, you also get to
generate some cool artwork for your office walls. Give it a shot.
Plug Into SQL Server Data Mining
SQL Server 2005 Data Mining has an extensible framework that
allows independent software developers to easily integrate new data mining
algorithms and viewers into the product. The product team has provided in-depth
technical articles, tutorials as well as sample source code for building
"plug-in" algorithms and viewers. What was missing was a high-level overview of
the technology that explains the benefits and overall architecture. We bring you
sneak preview of an upcoming MSDN article by Raman Iyer called "Plugging Into SQL Server
Data Mining" that fills this gap.
Mining The Flow
SQL Server Standard magazine
features an article by Jamie MacLennan that shows you how to use transforms in
SQL Server 2005 Integration Services to perform data mining operations directly
in your operational data flow.
Data Mining Components In SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack Download
The first SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack is now available for
here. Data Mining users might find the following redistributables useful:
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Datamining
Viewer Controls - these are the Winform controls for the DM
viewers in Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Management
Studio. You can now embed them in your own applications!
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis
Services 9.0 OLE DB Provider - you
can use this to install just the AS 2005 OLE DB provider and build local
mining models on client machines. Note that MSXML6 (a link for the download
is available on the same page) is a prerequisite for the provider.
SQL Server 2005 FAQ At SQLServerDataMining.Com
You can now direct friends, colleagues and customers
curious about data mining in SQL Server 2005 to the updated
section at SQLServerDataMining.com - it has been refreshed with a new set of
starter questions (and answers) for the SQL Server 2005 launch. The existing SQL
Server 2000 FAQ has been moved to the SQL Server 2000 DM section.
Presentation On Smart Client Applications Available Online
Jamie MacLennan and Brian Welcker from the SQL Server team
presented a talk on building smart applications like an intelligent call center
using SQL Server 2005 Data Mining and Reporting Services at the Microsoft
Professional Developers Conference held in LA in September. You can view the
Talk to us (in public)
Now that SQL Server 2005 has shipped, the beta
microsoft.private.sqlserver2005.analysisservices.datamining) are closed.
Please continue posting
your questions and comments to our public newsgroup:
We appreciate your feedback on the product.
SQL Server Data Mining
SQL Server Data Mining Community Site
SQL Server Newsgroups
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Web Site
SQL Server Developer’s Center
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