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August, 2006

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My name is Gert Drapers, I am a Software Architect in the Windows Server Directory Services team, working on incubation projects. Before my current role I was the Lead Software Architect and Engineering Manager of the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition product, where I designed and developed the declarative database development tooling which is now shipping inside Visual Studio. Since 1991, I contributed to many parts and releases of Microsoft SQL Server and on the Transaction Management infrastructure (MS-DTC, WS-AtomicTransaction and System.Transactions).


When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife and three lovely daughters; I love to cook and make music. Besides that I am trying to serve the SQL Server community by writing tools and articles which are published on http://SQLDev.Net


I hope you enjoy the blog,


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    What Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You

    I just wanted to direct you attention to a great article named " What Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Can Do for You " from Tony Loton on MSDN about our product It is based on CTP4, but all information is still valid...
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    CTP5 Is Live!

    Two days ahead of schedule, we were expecting it to be available on Monday, we are happy to announce that CTP5 is ready for consumption. http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/6/8/b6888e6b-8305-4616-a2d1-a11953404b09/TeamDataCTP5.exe We are almost done...
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    So close...

    Today we made what is hopefully the last change for CTP5; one last code change (7 lines in 2 files), one setup fix and the build is running as I write this blog. If everything goes well, build 50727.145 will be CTP5 of "Visual Studio Team Edition for...
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    New Project Wizard

    CTP5 also introduces the New Project Wizard, which makes it a lot easier to create your initial database project. All important decisions that you need to make when creating your database project are nicely represented in the wizard. Besides setting up...
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    Importing SQL Scripts in to the Database Project

    One of the new things you will find in CTP5, is the Import Script Wizard. This wizard allows you to select a existing .SQL script file and import the DDL statement in to the database project as schema objects. First you select an existing SQL script file...
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    MSDN Webcasts

    Tuesday August 8th Sachin and I recorded a MSDN webcast about database unit testing and refactoring, we wanted to show-off CTP5 but we were not able to get it all setup in time for the webcast, so this covers CTP4. Bummer because Sachin really wanted...
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