Visual Studio 2005, as in past releases, provides a strong design time experience for SQL Server. But for the first time, in VS 2005, we have added the ability to extend some of the key data features to any data source or any data provider. This is available as part of VSIP.
VSIP allows our partners to extend various features of Visual Studio. This enables our partners to provide better functionality and user experience for their customers. Customers and partners have asked for the ability to also extend data tools. In VS 2005 we provide this extensibility through Data Designer Extensibility (DDEX).
A few days ago Alan mentioned that I would write some more about this. So here goes...
DDEX is an extensibility mechanism that allows providers of third party data sources to expose access to data sources for a rich design-time experience. Extensibility can be specific to a given provider, or for a given data source. This allows you to extend the user experience in the following ways:
DDEX, at a high level, is composed of the following parts:
DDEX will be available in VS 2005 Beta 2.