More Team Developer + Data Edition Merge Information

Per October 1st 2008 MSDN subscribers who own or buy a new Visual Studio Team System Developer license are entitled to also install the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition, and  MSDN subscribers who own or buy a new Visual Studio Team System Database Edition license are entitled to install the Visual Studio Team System…


Team Developer + Team Data = Team Developer!

In today’s press release titled: "Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview" we announced the merge of the Developer Edition and Database Edition SKU’s.   Better Together – Visual Studio Team System Development Edition and Database Edition In recognition of the increased need to integrate more of the lifecycle members together, we will provide…


Trace Helper

This is the last part of the 3 part diagnostics series. This part will introduce you to a little helper utility that I wrote to make configuring the diagnostics and tracing options a lot simpler and more accessible. As discussed in the previous two blog posts in this series: Diagnosing Problems and Event Monitor everything…


Event Monitor

In part 2 of diagnosing problems I want to introduce you to an other build-in diagnostics tools that we might ask you to run with tracking down problems, the "event monitor". The event monitor is one of those tools that we use during development of the product for troubleshooting problems during development.   Enabling the…


MSDB Reference Projects

The reference projects needed to resolve objects that reside inside an MSDB database have been posted on the MSDN Code Gallery site. You can find them on: We did not post .dbmeta files but stub projects, because .dbmeta files require the collation to match with your environment. This would result in a multitude of…


VSDB 2005 Service Release 1 Roll-up Package 1 (KB941278)

Visual Studio 2005 Team System Database Professional post Service Release 1 (SR1) roll-up package 1, is now available. For a list of issues that are fixed, please see knowledge base article KB941278. You can download the roll-up from the Microsoft Connect site at: -GertD


Database Compatibility Level

VSTS-DB, both the 2005 and 2008 version, makes an assumption with regards to database compatibility levels, which can cause problems in certain use cases. The assumption is that the DesignDB instance used for validation of the schema inside the project is set to a 80 compatibility level when using a SQL Server 2000 project and…


Apply Test-Driven Development to your Database Projects

This months issue of MSDN Magazine features a great article about how to use and extend Database Unit Testing written by Jamie Laflen who is the developer and tech lead in my team responsible for Database Unit Testing, Data Generation, SQL Code Coverage and Build & Deploy. So this information comes straight from the source!…


Lorem ipsum

This morning I received email from the owner of the DbProGenerators project on CodePlex announcing the availability of the LoremTextGenerator, which is a data generator that creates Lorem ipsum texts. Please check out the CodePlex project site at for more details and to download the binaries and sources. I am very pleased to see…


Self Referencing

Lately we have been getting questions about self-referencing database calls. What I mean with that is that you are referencing SQL objects using a 3-part name while referencing objects that reside inside your current database context. For example: 1: use Northwind 2: go 3:  4: SELECT * FROM Northwind.dbo.Categories 5: go Just to be clear,…