Just to show that I am not a total Microsoft fan-boy, I am going to rant a bit about a change that Microsoft made between CTP6 and CTP7 of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (aka DataDude). Now, DataDude requires Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite to be installed, (as you can see below).
I happen to have Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers installed, but that is not good enough for DataDude. I suspect that many developers and DBA’s will only have either Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition or just the Business Intelligence Development Studio subset of Visual Studio 2005 that gets installed with SQL Server 2005 (depending on your install options). This seems like an example of some random thinking by some Product Manager at Microsoft…
This is really causing me a problem at the moment, since we don’t have Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite available. Microsoft changed their MSDN licensing about a year ago, so you had to pick which Team Edition SKU you wanted to go with your MSDN subscription. The short-term work-around is for me to download a trial edition of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite , which is a 3.3GB download.
Of course, I had already uninstalled CTP6 and I don’t have the setup for that anymore. Oh well, at least DataDude no longer installs a named instance of SQL Server Express without asking, like it used to do on some of the older CTP builds.
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