The Birth of Data Dude

Just in time for the holidays, I am extremely happy to announce that it is time to celebrate the RTM of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals

On Friday 1st December 2006 the development team officially announced that Data Dude was done and was being released to manufacture. It should be available for download to MSDN subscribers on December 7th 2006 and generally available for purchase on January 1st 2007.

This release marks the end of the first leg in a very exciting journey to revolutionize the ALM space and finally bring the database into the application lifecycle.

From a team point of view this has been an exciting journey that began in the summer of 2005 when the Team Data product unit was formed to create Data Dude. Since then the team has worked tirelessly to deliver on the promise of managed database change and integration of the database into the development lifecycle. The team started coding in fall of 2005 and used the agile SCRUM methodology to ensure that they could have a release done in just 1 year.

Since the announcement in May 2006 that Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals would be releasing by the end of 2006, the team has released 7 CTP’s (Community Technology Previews) on approximately a 6 week schedule, 5 of which have been publically available. The team worked tirelessly to take all of the feedback from each of these CTP releases and role that feedback into the product. So if you sent any feedback to the team, thank you, and know that you too had a hand in shaping this great product.

The whole team is incredibly excited about this release and I personally want to thank everyone for all the hard work they have put in over the last year to make this product a reality.

It’s now time to relax for a bit over the holidays and then back in the New Year to start work on Data Dude V2…