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VSTS4DBP: CTP6 is live

As reported in many places, most prominently here, CTP6 of Visual Studio team System for Database Professionals (VSTS4DBP aka Datadude) is now available. I can't tell you how glad I am about this because in my expereince CTP5 was bug-ridden and I know they have gone to great lengths to fix those bugs. I was expecting it yesterday and all day today and was disappointed when it didn't materialise but I've just come back from the pub with Andy and his wife Katie and am delighted to read that it is now available. I'll report here on my experiences of using it.

One thing I note of interest from Gert Drapers' post is that datadude no longer uses or supports SQL Server Express. Instead you require an instance of SQL Server Developer Edition. I make a point of not concerning myself with licensing issues (I'd rather someone else concern themselves with monetary matters) but on first glance it seems as though the price you may have to pay for VSTS4DBP is now that little big higher. Perhaps I'm wrong but this does seem a little bt regressive to me. SQL Server Express is, to all intents and pruposes, free. SQL Server Developer Edition is not.Like I say, I don't know licensing very well so if I'm wrong, please let me know. I'd be interested to kow what the driver behing this decision was - do I sense some internal politics at play here? In fairness Gert does state that the final version will have a copy of SQL Server Developer Edition bundled with it.

Also note that on account of the decision talked of above, installing VSTS4DBP no longer installs an instance of SQL Server by default so you are required to install that seperately. Be aware.

 If you want to get it, get it from here.



UPDATE 2006-10-23: Matt Nunn has clarified the issue of why SQL Server Developer Edition is used as the underlying database rather than SQL Server Express. The good news is that there is no extra cost as a result of this decision. Thanks for the clarification Matt.


Published Wednesday, October 18, 2006 7:17 AM by jamie.thomson
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