You may have heard that the next version of SQL Server (code-named Denali) will include a new tool (code-named Juneau) that is intended to bring a first-class development experience for T-SQL developers. Juneau is not yet available for us, the general public, to try out so in an attempt to get some early feedback Microsoft have launched the “SQL Server Development Tools Advisory Program” – participants will get access to Juneau releases out-of-band from forthcoming CTPs. From the announcement by Ed Hickey:
Are you a TSQL developer interested in developing database projects for SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” and SQL Azure? Do you want access to the SQL Server Developer Tools, Code-Named “Juneau” (SSDT) engineering team and influence the design of our product going forward? If so, checkout the SSDT Advisory program!
Microsoft is busy preparing the release of SQL Server Developer Tools, Code Name “Juneau”. This exciting new tool will include improvements that are interesting to database developers who are building solutions for both on and off premise databases. Planned features include the following,
- Create and edit entities in both connected database instances and offline database projects using a brand new table designer.
- A single project type for all supported database server platforms, and instant platform validation for scripts.
- Improved TSQL editor with code navigation, IntelliSense, language support that parallels what is available for C# and VB, platform specific validation, debugging and declarative editing.
These are just a few improvement categories that have been discussed publically. There are many more that will be revealed as we move forward.
We are actively seeking TSQL developers who are interested in evaluating all the cool ideas we are toying with. It’s easy to self-nominate, all you need is a Windows Live ID and a non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft. You will be asked to provide some details about your company and your latest database projects for evaluation.
The Advisory program lasts for 6 months. Program participants will have access to SSDT product prototypes in videos and pictures every month, and participate in surveys to give us feedback on the new ideas we are showing.
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If you’re interested in getting involved hit the link above and sign-up!