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  • Blog Post: Presentation on Visual Studio Database Projects Integration with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

    This post contains the slide deck from a recent presentation on how to integrate Visual Studio Database Projects with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. We have also recently published an accompanying blog with extended content, details and scenarios: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ssdt/archive/2014/07/24...
  • Blog Post: Creating an administrative install of SSDT update for Visual Studio 2013

    Since we are offering our VS2013 update via the Visual Studio update channel, there aren't any specific instructions on how to get the download if you need to create an administrative layout. You may need to do this if your firewall or proxy settings do not allow some computers to access the download...
  • Blog Post: DacFx Public Model Tutorial

    Recently there has been an increasing interest in extending the capabilities of SSDT and DacFx. The walkthrough guides for creating new build and deployment contributors and database unit test conditions are a useful start in exploring the tools, but they only scratch the surface of what’s possible...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 is available

    We’d like to announce the availability of SSDT that supports SQL Server 2014 databases. SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 is pre-release software, does not support upgrade from an existing SSDT install or upgrading to any new versions of SSDT to be released, and should be installed...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing Scripts for Faster Incremental Deployment

    Incremental deployment is the process of updating an existing database with new changes that were made by the developer in SSDT. Below we show you a tip on how to speed up incremental deployment by storing your scripts in their canonical form. Background SQL Server stores scripts in canonical form...
  • Blog Post: Available Today: SSDT—December 2012

    The SSDT team is pleased to announce that SQL Server Data Tools - December 2012 is now available for download! Get it here: SSDT for Visual Studio 2012: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650015 SSDT for Visual Studio 2010: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650014 What’s New? Database...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SQL Server Database Unit Testing in SSDT

    SSDT now enables you to develop, debug and execute database unit tests interactively in Visual Studio, which can then be run from the command line or from a build machine, for example, a Team Foundation Build server configured for continuous integration. SSDT helps put database testing on an equal footing...
  • Blog Post: Now available: SQL Server Data Tools - September 2012 update!

    The SSDT team is pleased to announce that SQL Server Data Tools - September 2012 update is now available for download! Get it here : SSDT for Visual Studio 2012: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650015 SSDT for Visual Studio 2010: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/jj650014 This release is...
  • Blog Post: Composite Projects and Schema Compare

    Several questions have been raised on the forum regarding use of composite projects. This post discusses composite projects in general and then describes a technique you can use with Schema Compare for synchronizing composite projects with changes that have been made to the database. Composite Projects...
  • Blog Post: SSDT at TechEd 2012

    If you're attending TechEd North America this week, make sure to sync up with the SSDT team! Team members will be staffing a Cloud on Your Terms demo station in the Exhibition Hall, where we'll be available to discuss SSDT and answer any questions you may have. Also look for the following two breakout...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade Issue to Visual Studio 2012 RC

    Since the release of Visual Studio 2012 RC , the SQL Server Data Tools team has become aware of several reports of SSDT no longer working when machines are upgraded from Visual Studio 2012 Beta to Visual Studio 2012 RC. As a follow up to our investigation of the issue, we’ve captured the underlying...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with LocalDB Debugging using SSDT

    LocalDB Basics LocalDB is a version of SQL Server Express created specifically for developers. If you’re new to LocalDB, the Introducing LocalDB blog post is a great starting point to learn more but in summary, LocalDB is a fast, lightweight SQL Server instance that requires minimal management...
  • Blog Post: Power Tools Release: Script As, Grouping, Filtering

    I’m pleased to announce the latest release of SSDT Power Tools . As noted previously we are using power tools to get early versions of experiences to you because we’re interested in hearing your feedback. This release of the tools builds on the previous release. Edit: SSDT Power Tools...
  • Blog Post: First Release of SSDT Power Tools

    I am pleased to announce the first release of SSDT Power Tools . The SSDT team will be leveraging Power Tools as a mechanism to deliver new functionality and experiences through frequent updates, of which this is the first example. In this first iteration, we focused on addressing the feedback that SSDT...
  • Blog Post: Schema Compare Improvements

    Schema Compare is an incredibly useful tool, providing a visual head over SSDT’s model differencing and update engine. It can be used to compare any combination of database, project or dacpac, and allows selective update of the target schema (via an update script in the case of a dacpac). We’ve...
  • Blog Post: Including Data in a SQL Server Database Project

    In many cases a database needs to be deployed with data pre-populated in some tables. Loading static data into tables that are referenced from other tables is a common case – examples might be customer types, address types, data states, etc. In some cases these data values will never change, in...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming T-SQL Toolbar and Context menu changes

    For our upcoming release, we made some changes to our connected SQL editor toolbar based on feedback from the MSDN forums, SQL Pass, and Microsoft Connect. We hope you like the new design. Our design goals: Streamlined experiences putting the most important things on the toolbar from left to right, then...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Federations and SSDT

    SQL Azure has recently introduced support for federated databases which enables an elastic scale-out solution in the cloud. SQL Azure Federations introduces new syntax and management behaviors that are not currently supported by SSDT. Support for federated databases will be added in a future release...
  • Blog Post: Where’s my SSDT?

    "I just installed SSDT but can't find it!" If this sounds like you, read on... If you installed SSDT in the stand-alone shell you should have no problems- confusion sometimes occurs when SSDT is installed into an existing VS2010 Pro or Ultimate installation, where SSDT installs alongside the existing...
  • Blog Post: Watch these videos of Juneau in action!

    SQL Server Developer Tools, codename 'Juneau" has been presented to various audiences in multiple events recently. Here's a list of all the videos for your viewing pleasure! NEW: TechEd North America 2011 Mark Wilson-Thomas was interviewed during TechEd and talked about the value proposition of...
  • Blog Post: Welcome!

    Welcome to the SQL Server Developer Tools, Codename “Juneau” team blog! In this initial blog post, we want to give you a general idea of what our product offers. Stay tuned as we roll out more posts in the near future. We look forward to your feedback via this blog as we progress through...
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