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  • I've already utilize such concept of contracts with my SPs since SQL 2005. This is in form of registering an XML schema instance with SQL server and then assign the result set into a so called typed XML variable. This works like a charm for both input and output. That kicks back immediately any invalid input data without even executing a SProc code. And yes, I no more communicate with the db issuing any T-SQL commands nor receiving typical rowsets in a traditional manner (IMHO it's archaic). It's bad since does not allow hierarchical datasets and results in chatty style of communication. Brrr… people still do it… multiple output result sets from a given SP. Why?
    (tags: sql databases)
  • Owners of the Amazon Kindle, an ebook reader device, will be able to view well known works by writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as well as works by thousands of less famous authors.

    The library’s ebook publishing project, funded by Microsoft, the computer giant, is the latest move in the mounting online battle over the future of books.

    While some other services, such as Google Books, offer out-of-copyright works to be downloaded for free, users of the British Library service will be able to read from pages in the original books in the library’s collection.

  • The mission of the Metagovernment project is to support the development and use of Internet tools which enable the members of any community to fully participate in the governance of that community. We are a global group of people working on various projects which further this goal.

    We expect governance software to be adopted first in small communities, and then to spread outward with the potential to gradually replace many institutions of representative democracy with a new kind of social organization called collaborative governance.

    We conceive a world where every person, without exception, is able to substantively participate in any governance structure in which they have an interest. We envision governance which is not only more open, free, and democratic; but also which is more effective and less fallible than pre-Internet forms of governance.

  • There seems to be two ways that social software enters an organization: bottom-up, or top-down.

    Bottom-up might mean employees using Google Docs to share files, Twitter to communicate status and PBWiki to collaborate on documents. It starts small and spreads in an organic, patch-work fashion.

    If you’re managing the introduction of enterprise social software at your organization, bottom-up doesn’t work. Bottom-up can’t be managed. And bottom-up happens at its own speed, which doesn’t work when you have deadlines.

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