At Microsoft’s Tech•Ed North America 2008 Developers conference keynote delivered by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates in front of more than 5,000 developers, it was announced the IBM and Microsoft are working together to allow the next major version of Visual Studio Team System Database Edition to be used to with IBM DB2.

Microsoft Corp. and IBM have announced that they are working together to increase productivity of IBM DB2 developers, to reduce risk of errors and to provide better backup and version control of DB2 database schemas. Together they are working to provide IBM DB2 database support for Visual Studio Team System. The IBM Database Schema Provider (DSP) for VSTS Database Edition will provide a DB2 Project system, versioned schema store and SQL Syntax Checking, allowing VSTS Database Edition to be used for offline development of IBM DB2 databases and SQL code, with differencing logic so developers can focus on the desired schema and allow VSTS Database Edition to generate change scripts. Together these capabilities not only improve efficiency and reduce errors that also allow greater teamwork as developers move towards VSTS Team Foundation Server to co-ordinate team activities.

See press release here

See relevant Q&A video here

Here’s a few of the articles that provided coverage of this news

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/Gates-Kicks-Off-TechEd-Developer/

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=databases&articleId=9092318&taxonomyId=173&intsrc=kc_top

 

Here’s a few of the Blogs that provided coverage of this development

http://blogs.msdn.com/tmancini/archive/2008/06/09/dbpro-support-for-other-databases.aspx

http://blogs.codes-sources.com/christian/archive/2008/06/06/visual-studio-team-system-database-edition-support-d-autres-moteurs-de-base-de-donn-es-que-sql-server.aspx

http://blogs.microsoft.nl/jeroenu/archive/2008/06/05/db2-ondersteuning-vanuit-visual-studio.aspx

http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/maordavid/archive/2008/06/12/datadude-goes-multi-platform-will-support-ibm-db2.aspx