Here it is! The team has really worked hard the last six weeks ( CTP5 seems like ages ago! ) to bring you this CTP6 release. Let me give you a quick overview of the changes we have made to the product since we released CTP5:
- Full SQL Server 2000 & 2005 object support
- Extended Properties Support
- Inline constraint support
- Pre and Post script deployment population during Import Script
- Team Build Support
- Import Schema Wizard ( also integrated with the New Project Wizard )
- The ability to synchronize your project from a database ( selective import essentially, based on differences. We heard your feedback! )
- Refactoring is allowed in files that are in a warning state
- Overall stability and performance
- Fixed many customer reported problems
- Support for 3 and 4 part name resolution when referenced database is present on design instance
- No longer install SQL Express ( you’ll notice the download is a LOT smaller! ). You can pick your own SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition or SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition instance on the local box
- Display detailed Schema Object properties in the property window for selected objects in the Schema View
- Separation of user target database settings through the user project file
I hope that has whet your appetite to stop what you are doing and download these bits! 🙂
So what if I have CTP5 installed?
You will need to uninstall CTP5 ( and/or the performance refresh ) before installing CTP6. This will be the last time we make you do that! That is, projects created with CTP6 will be compatible with the release build once available. ( Unfortunately, projects created in CTP5 will not work in CTP6. Either re-import your database, or add the files via the Add Existing Item… menu item. )
So the steps are as follows:
- Uninstall CTP5 Performance Refresh
- Uninstall CTP5
- Install CTP6
Also, we will have another survey that we are really looking for your participation in! I will announce that link in the next day or so. In the meantime, download CTP6, take it out for a test drive, and please let us know what you think!
And for those who actually made it all the way to this part of this post, here’s a direct link to the install!