Friday, February 15, 2008

Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition Power Tools

Finally, the “DataDude” team announced the availability of the Power Tools for Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition.

The release includes all the functionality that shipped in 2005 plus:

  • Command line SQL Static Code Analysis execution through MSBuild. This enables SQL Static Code Analysis to be an integrated part of Team Build!
  • Data Generation Wizard; allow users to create a new data generation plan by pointing at an existing database, the plan will be fully configured by the wizard to pull all data from the database using the Sequential Databound Generator. This way users can use an existing data set and only override columns which impose risks because of for example privacy concerns and save about half a day or more of configuring a data generation plan from scratch, one column at the time.
  • File based data generator; this allows you to insert the content of files in to the database (works for string and binary, not for XML yet).
  • XML based data generator; this allows you to generate XML based on an XSD (the XSD has to be provided as file right now, and cannot be selected from database or inherited from the data type).
  • Unique Regular Expression generator; this adds the ability to generator unique values using the RegEx String generator.
  • Refactoring Command Generator has been made available as a MSBuild task for better project build integration so it can be made part of the pre-build and pre-deployment stages in the project. This allows users to automated the results of refactoring to some degree in to the project.
  • Two new test conditions for Database Unit Tests
    • ChecksumCondition – Which you can use to verify that the checksum of the data set returned by a database unit test matches the checksum of an expected data set.
    • ExpectedSchemaTestCondition – Which you use to verify that the column names and data types of the returned data set match expected values.

Download page:

Installer download:

Documentation download: Tools 2008.doc

In the following weeks I'll start to record screencasts and writing some posts about this release.


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