Since our team weblog that got created, I have been thinking on puting the introduction of some tools that we have been working on with this version of Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey.) But just keeping putting off because of all sort of different reasons.(One of them is that our first son is now 10 months old now and I am learning to be a parent along the way.)
Before I jump in more, Mairead<our team's favourite PM> has asked me to write something about myself. So here we go.
I am a developer in VSData Tool team in Visual Studio. Well, I love to program. I also love to argue with our PM on what's best for our customer. I used work in Office team on SBCM (small business contact manager). Then onto the bCentral(where I don't know what I am doing over there.) Then jump over to VisualStudio because I just like to code. Before MS, well, I was in University of Florida CIS department working on the Image processing and have a side job in Transportation department and worked on a system called HCS.
Enough of me, now this post is also about vsdata tools in VisualStudio 2005. First I would like to point what's VSDataTools.
As with everyone, I remember first time that I got the job at our team, I have no idea that VSData Tools compose of. There is a lot of confusion one what's stuffs we do own in Visual Studio. Here is the *major* areas that we own inside visual studio
If you use some of above on SQL Enterprise Manager, VS2003, etc ... they are all the *same* code base which is own by us. (*same* here is just saying that the code get adopt to the product it shipped with -- it might looks slightly different with each other) But it all been in the same blood line.
It is also important to point out the seperation between us and other related Visual Studio teams.
As to what's in it for me in VS2005 .... :)
I am responsibe for the but not limit to....
So if you have question on the above area, feel free to drop us a comment/suggestion/bug, even with other areas, I will try to find the right person to deal with it.
Oh, don't forget the Foxpro side of VSData team. They are immensively more popular than us. They are also much more defined than us, I don't think there is need to point what's belong to Foxpro and what not.
Next stop, I will talk about the Updateable result pane in Query designer (since I have spent a lot of time on it.) It have been rework since VS2003 as we move from ADO to ADO.NET. So the look and feel is a bit difference. I would like to hear some feedback (other than our PMs --- but the real users who might love and hate the things that I did to it.)