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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: Tech·Ed 2008 Developers

    In case you are coming to the Developer edition of Tech·Ed next week, we have a lot of exiting things for you. As you can see below there are many sessions, hosted in both the developer and database tracks. Breakout sessions, chalk talks, panel discussions and hands-on lab, all covering Visual Studio...
  • 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: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition

    Now that Visual Studio 2008 is available, the question arises what has changed for Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals in the 2008 edition? Not much is the answer. Since our first release was done completely out-of-band while other teams were actively working on the Visual Studio 2008...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Data Bound Generator vs. Sequential Data Bound Generator

    The Power Tools v1.0 release adds a new data generator, named the "Sequential Data Bound Generator". Since there already exists a data generator named the "Data Bound Generator" this yields the question what the difference is between the two is and when to use either one of them. Data Bound Generator...
  • Blog Post: SQL Connections 2007

    Like every DevConnections conference for the last 6 years, I will be there presenting on a combination of SQL Server and Visual Studio for Database Professionals topics. On November 5th I will be hosting a full day workshop on DataDude (aka Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals). After...
  • Blog Post: Power Tools Download Link

    They are here! Dependency Viewer Refactoring Move Schema Expand Wildcard Fully Quality Name Refactor in to strongly typed DataSet definitions Refactor Command Generator Data Generation Sequential Data Bound Generator Editors for the Data Bound Generator, Sequential Data Bound Generator and RegEx String...
  • Blog Post: SQL Pass Summit 2007

    If you are planning on visiting 2007 PASS Community Summit in Denver this coming September, we have two sessions that might interest you. We start off with a full day pre-conference day dedicated to VSDBPro, followed by a break-out session on schema versioning. We are also having a focus group meeting...
  • Blog Post: What is in the Power Tools v1.0 release?

    For those of you who have been paying close attention, you know that August 6th is the date I promised the first Power Tools to be released. So where are they? We are not there yet, we released the first release candidate today, I need to finish two more threat models and then we are ready to rock &...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Team Suite Beta 2

    Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 is now available! The Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Team Suite now includes Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. The 2008 version is based on the Service Release 1 bits of VSDBPro. The only two additional changes on top of SR1 are that it is included in...
  • Blog Post: Database References

    Service Release 1 for Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals introduces the concept of "database references" which allows you to represent and resolve 3 and/or 4-part name usage inside a database project. Database references are conceptually the same as assembly references inside a C#...
  • Blog Post: VSDBPro Tech*Ed 2007 Sessions Available Online

    The VSDBPro sessions that we presented at Tech*Ed 2007 this June are now available online. You can watch the recorded sessions online (slides and demos with audio feed) or download the WMV and/or PPT files for offline consumption. DAT317: Database Schema Versioning: How to Use Microsoft Visual Studio...
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