RC0 is Out: Spatial Notes

Hi Folks,

As we continue to shut down SQL Server 2008, our first release candidate has been released.  In addition, the RC0 of the Feature Pack, which includes the System CLR Types package, is available here.  This package includes the spatial functionality and can be installed on clients to provide the spatial types even if SQL Server is not installed.

Here's what's most relevant from a spatial perspective:

  • The latitude-longitude swap has happened.  See here and here for more details, as well as section 2.7 of the release notes.
  • The builder API has been released.
  • Due to the lat-long swap, as well as several bug fixes, we're taking a relatively cautious stance on persisted data computed from spatial objects.  As such, we are disabling various constraints and indexes reliant on spatial data.  The full details can be found in the section 2.8 of the RC0 release notes.

As a reminder, the map viewer is not available in this build.  We have to reserve something to tease you with for RTM.


Comments (3)

  1. cmdma75 says:


    Thanks for the great info.  The link for the System CLR Types package is unavailable…


  2. Isaac Kunen says:

    Can you try it again—the link seems fine to me.



  3. John Rome says:

    This looks great. I have VS 2008 with SP1 Beta, SQL 2008 RC0 and the System CLR Types RC0 package.

    I would really appreciate your posting a quick geography sample showing the required Imports/Using statement(s) and the code in a WinForms click event handler that would pop a MsgBox returning the Great Circle distance between, say, Long 100W Lat 40N and Long 90W and Lat 30N (not using SQL)? What a jump start that would be in these early documentation days!

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