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More free geek-read.December SolidQ Journal is online

I'm really excited to see the last SolidQ Journal for this year out the door. It's our free online magazine. I've been wondering about the future of printed technical magazines for a long time. I doubt they have much of a future, as online publications become more prevalent and more timely. By the time a print magazine gets to you, it's such a long time since the author wrote the material that it's hard to even retain relevance in a fast moving world.

That's why I'm so happy to have the format we have for the SolidQ Journal. We've used magazine layout people and editors to get the content into great shape but the online publication cycle lets us turn it around so much faster. It doesn't feel like it's that long since I wrote my December column and it's already published.

This month, one of my South American colleagues Jesus Gil talks about displaying spatial data in reporting services. Data mining guru Mark Tabladillo from the USA talks about how you can apply the scientific method to supervised data mining models. Mark and I have recently been at meetings in Spain where our SolidQ Research team has been discussing large scale text ming projects that, while fascinating, we can't talk about yet.

This month, I've started a two-part short series on controlling the execution context (specifically the security context) of stored procedures. Next month, I'll contine with a discussion on digital signatures on stored procedures.

PowerShell gets extra love this month with regulars Herbert Albert (Austria) and Gianluca Holz (Italy) showing how to extract XML event data from traces and filtering it. Gilberto Zampatti (also from Italy) then shows how to create and configure the SharePoint search service using PowerShell.

And we finish up with Rushabh Mehta (USA and India) talking about the resurgence of in-memory and ad-hoc analysis tools and how your organization can take advantage of them.

All in all, it's another good month of reading and a great finish to the first year of the SolidQ Journal.

Published Monday, December 27, 2010 2:57 PM by Greg Low

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Jesse Tutterrow said:

"I've been wondering about the future of printed technical magazines for a long time. I doubt they have much of a future, as online publications become more prevalent and timelier."

Although I agree with the desire, I disagree with the fact.  Print magazines and books are more useable.  Until we have an e-Book reader (kindle, nook, ...) that can handle the complex format of a magazine or book there will remain the need for print.

Additionally, there needs to be the ability to easily download the e-Magazine or e-Book.

Just my thoughts,

Jesse Tutterrow

December 31, 2010 1:22 PM

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