New Job, New Product, New Blog

This morning at 9am PST we finally announced the existance of a new Visual Studio Team System sku specifically targetted at Database Professionals. I am super excited about this new edition as it feels like the culmination of the work I have been passionate about for some time... i.e. bringing the world of the SQL Database and the development teams together. For those who know me, I spent the last 3.5 years working with the SQL team focused on the developer community. When I found out about this new product that was being worked on I felt I had to change roles and get to work with this great new product and the fantastic team that is building it.

Now I can finally talk about the new product, Visual Studio team Edition for Database Professionals and it is a great thing. I will continue to blog on the subject of database development and the integration with all database roles but for now I wanted to just give you some basic information on this new product and some links to other great resources...

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals delivers a market-shifting database development product designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing and bring the benefits of Visual Studio Team System and life cycle development to the database professional. It delivers on Microsoft’s commitment to provide tools that reduce communication barriers and complexity across software development teams and fulfils increasing demand in the market for more advanced database change management tools. Database professionals such as database architects, database developers and database administrators, can now employ integrated change management functionality to streamline changes to their databases, ensure quality, and speed deployment.


Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals includes a number of great new features:


·         A new Visual Studio Database Project allows you to import your database schema and place it under source control. When the time comes to deploy schema changes the new project system allows you to quickly build update scripts or packages and then provides a mechanism to deploy them to the database of our choice.

·         Rename Refactoring allows you to easily rename any object in your database and be assured that all references to that object will be renamed to correspond to the change

·         A New T-SQL Editor allows you to be more productive when writing T-SQL code from within Visual Studio including support for parallel execution of queries and viewing of execution plans.

·         SchemaCompare allows you to quickly compare the schema of two databases (or your source controlled project and a database) and script updates to bring the database schemas into sync

·         DataCompare allows you to quickly compare two databases and script updates to bring the data in these databases into sync

·         The Database Unit Testing infrastructure allows you to create database unit tests using T-SQL or managed code.

·         DataGenerator lets you create data generation plans that produce repeatable sets of meaningful data based upon your existing production databases that can be deployed to a database prior to running unit tests thus ensuring consistent test results


You can find out more about this great new release, see screenshots and find out how to get the early community technology preview which will be available on June 11th at


We are making Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals part of the Visual Studio Team Suite, so you’ll get this product for free when we RTM this edition if you are a Visual Studio Team Suite subscriber through MSDN. You can learn more about how to upgrade to Visual Studio Team Suite at


Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals will also be available as a stand alone Edition in the Visual Studio Team System family. You can learn more about how to buy Visual Studio Team System at


The team has already started blogging. You can find out more information directly from the product team by visiting the following blogs:


You can also see what others are saying by visiting the new Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals forum at