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  • Blog Post: More Team Developer + Data Edition Merge Information

    Per October 1st 2008 MSDN subscribers who own or buy a new Visual Studio Team System Developer license are entitled to also install the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition, and  MSDN subscribers who own or buy a new Visual Studio Team System Database Edition license are entitled to install...
  • Blog Post: Team Developer + Team Data = Team Developer!

    In today's press release titled: " Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview " we announced the merge of the Developer Edition and Database Edition SKU's.   Better Together – Visual Studio Team System Development Edition and Database Edition In recognition of the increased...
  • Blog Post: Trace Helper

    This is the last part of the 3 part diagnostics series. This part will introduce you to a little helper utility that I wrote to make configuring the diagnostics and tracing options a lot simpler and more accessible. As discussed in the previous two blog posts in this series: Diagnosing Problems and Event...
  • Blog Post: Event Monitor

    In part 2 of diagnosing problems I want to introduce you to an other build-in diagnostics tools that we might ask you to run with tracking down problems, the "event monitor". The event monitor is one of those tools that we use during development of the product for troubleshooting problems during...
  • Blog Post: MSDB Reference Projects

    The reference projects needed to resolve objects that reside inside an MSDB database have been posted on the MSDN Code Gallery site. You can find them on: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/dbpromsdbsamples We did not post .dbmeta files but stub projects, because .dbmeta files require the collation to match...
  • Blog Post: VSDB 2005 Service Release 1 Roll-up Package 1 (KB941278)

    Visual Studio 2005 Team System Database Professional post Service Release 1 (SR1) roll-up package 1, is now available. For a list of issues that are fixed, please see knowledge base article KB941278 . You can download the roll-up from the Microsoft Connect site at: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio...
  • Blog Post: Database Compatibility Level

    VSTS-DB, both the 2005 and 2008 version, makes an assumption with regards to database compatibility levels, which can cause problems in certain use cases. The assumption is that the DesignDB instance used for validation of the schema inside the project is set to a 80 compatibility level when using a...
  • Blog Post: Apply Test-Driven Development to your Database Projects

    This months issue of MSDN Magazine features a great article about how to use and extend Database Unit Testing written by Jamie Laflen who is the developer and tech lead in my team responsible for Database Unit Testing, Data Generation, SQL Code Coverage and Build & Deploy. So this information comes...
  • Blog Post: Lorem ipsum

    This morning I received email from the owner of the DbProGenerators project on CodePlex announcing the availability of the LoremTextGenerator, which is a data generator that creates Lorem ipsum texts. Please check out the CodePlex project site at http://www.codeplex.com/DbProGenerators for more details...
  • Blog Post: Self Referencing

    Lately we have been getting questions about self-referencing database calls. What I mean with that is that you are referencing SQL objects using a 3-part name while referencing objects that reside inside your current database context. For example: 1: use Northwind 2: go 3: 4: SELECT * FROM Northwind...
  • Blog Post: Is DesignDB In Use?

    When Visual Studio Team System Database Edition opens a design-time validation database, it acquires an exclusive application lock on the DesignDB database using the following code. 1: EXEC @rc = sp_getapplock N 'TSDATA' , N 'Exclusive' , N 'Session' , 0, N 'dbo' ; A side effect of acquiring the...
  • Blog Post: Cleaning up DesignDB Leftovers

    In the " DesignDB Location " blog post I described where the design-time validation database are created. The attentive reader would have wondered when design-time validation database file get cleaned up, since we create them at project creation time and attach or re-create at project open time. So when...
  • Blog Post: DesignDB Location

    As you might know Visual Studio Team System Database Edition uses a local SQL Server database instance to validate the correctness of the code inside the database project. When you create a project a local scratch database is create for validation purposes, when you close project the database gets detached...
  • Blog Post: The Data Dude Meets Team Build

    At DevConnections and TechEd Europe every attendee has been receiving a special issue of CoDe Magazine , featuring " Data Programmability ". In this issue you will find an article on how to get started with Team Build and VSDBPro, please check out http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=990712152...
  • Blog Post: External Changes...

    What happens when you make changes outside the scope of your project? What if you edit a file inside Notepad or sync your source code from your SCC system, either from the command line or from the VS IDE? Most users assume that the project automatically get updated as soon as the file is save on the...
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