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  • Weekend reading: Microsoft/Oracle and SkyDrive based code-editor

    A couple of news item caught my eye this weekend that I think are worthy of comment. Microsoft/Oracle partnership to be announced tomorrow (24/06/2013) According to many news site Microsoft and Oracle are about to announce a partnership (Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships) and they all seem to be assuming that it ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on June 23, 2013
  • Connected development in SSDT versus SSMS

    When you install the database projects template of SSDT you get SQL Server Object Explorer (SSOX) installed as well. SSOX is a pane within Visual Studio and is the main enabler of the Connected Development experience that the SSDT team have attempted to provide. SSOX provides some really cool capabilities that are not in SQL Server Management ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 19, 2013
  • Undoing a change will now undo a check-out in Visual Studio 2012

    In my blog post SQL Server devs–what source control system do you use, if any? (answer and maybe win free stuff) of 18th October 2012 I complained about one aspect of Source Control in Team Foundation Server (TFS) that infuriates me: …there are aspects to TFS source control that annoy me day-in, day-out. Chief among them has to be the fact ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on January 26, 2013
  • Highlight Word add-in for Visual Studio 2010 [SSDT]

    I’ve just been alerted by my colleague Kyle Harvie to a Visual Studio 2010 add-in that should prove very useful if you are an SSDT user. Its simply called Highlight all occurrences of selected word and does exactly what it says on the tin, you highlight a word and it shows all other occurrences of that word in your script: There’s a ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on September 19, 2012
  • DAX editor for SQL Server

    One of the major criticism to DAX is the lack of a decent editor and more in general of a dedicated IDE, like the one we have for T-SQL or MDX. Well, this is no more true. On Codeplex a very interesting an promising Visual Studio 2010 extension has been released by the beginning of November 2011: http://daxeditor.codeplex.com/ Intellisense, ...
    Posted to Davide Mauri (Weblog) by manowar on November 23, 2011
  • Confirmed: Juneau is in the next version of Visual Studio

    Its no great secret that Juneau, a collection of features in the forthcoming SQL Server codenamed Denali, will be in the next version of Visual Studio but its nice to have it confirmed all the same. I have installed the first publicly available drop of that next version (known as Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview, download from here) that was ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on September 20, 2011
  • Querying Visual Studio project files using T-SQL and Powershell

    Earlier today I had a need to get some information out of a Visual Studio project file and in this blog post I’m going to share a couple of ways of going about that because I’m pretty sure I won’t be the only person that ever wants to do this. The specific problem I was trying to solve was finding out how many objects in my database project (i.e. ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on January 17, 2011
  • Some thoughts on Visual Studio database references and how they should be used for SQL Server BI

    Over the past few weeks I have been making heavy use of the Database tools in Visual Studio 2010 (formerly known as datadude, DBPro, VSTS for Database Professionals or one of a plethora of other names that it has gone by over the past few years) and one of the features that has most impressed me has been database references.   Database ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on September 14, 2010
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