There will be some learning curves with the new tools being released, so the delay will give more time for beta users to evaluate the tools and features. There is a difference between playing with it and putting it into production. There will be tighter integration with the .NET framework, and there will also be integration with the Common Language Runtime (CLR). This will add more power for developers to write procedural codes, but will make things more complex. People will need to figure out how that will interact with their current systems before they let Yukon loose. And the delay will give them more time to do that.
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To provide feedback on this article, contact Robert Westervelt.Has the delay of the Yukon release helped or hurt companies?
This is not the first time a delay has happened with Microsoft products. It won't affect people at all. There probably have been some projects started, with early beta-testers and third-party vendors that create applications. Those vendors will be hit harder then the typical company using SQL Server technology to support their business. Why not?
I think it's going to take some time. First, it will go into development labs. There won't be a lot of brand-new installations going on, and those who migrate will take some time. The small companies will be the ones that will jump on it first. With smaller businesses, there won't be a lot of formalized evaluation processes, so it will be easier to jump over to the new technology. The larger companies will go through their evaluation procedures much more thoroughly. Will users see any major changes?
The next release of SQL Server is far out there. We're talking outside of 2005, so DBAs can benefit by learning how the new interface works, how the CLR works. They can get ready -- from a SQL or application perspective -- rather than a technology perspective. Since it's still a relational database, the same concepts still exist, but much more will be built in. There are scalability enhancements in the area of table range partitioning, and a parallel database consistency checker. DBAs will also like the new performance tuning and maintenance improvements. They include a database-tuning adviser and version-control support.