I received this from Matt Nunn, a long-time member of the SQL Server team now working with the Visual Studio Team System product group, and thought I'd pass it on.

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Announcing Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals delivers a market-shifting database development product designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing and bring the benefits of Visual Studio Team System and life cycle development to the database professional. It delivers on Microsoft’s commitment to provide tools that reduce communication barriers and complexity across software development teams and fulfils increasing demand in the market for more advanced database change management tools. Database professionals such as database architects, database developers and database administrators, can now employ integrated change management functionality to streamline changes to their databases, ensure quality, and speed deployment.

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals includes a number of great new features:

·         A new Visual Studio Database Project allows you to import your database schema and place it under source control. When the time comes to deploy schema changes the new project system allows you to quickly build update scripts or packages and then provides a mechanism to deploy them to the database of our choice.

·         Rename Refactoring allows you to easily rename any object in your database and be assured that all references to that object will be renamed to correspond to the change

·         A New T-SQL Editor allows you to be more productive when writing T-SQL code from within Visual Studio including support for parallel execution of queries and viewing of execution plans.

·         SchemaCompare allows you to quickly compare the schema of two databases (or your source controlled project and a database) and script updates to bring the database schemas into sync

·         DataCompare allows you to quickly compare two databases and script updates to bring the data in these databases into sync

·         The Database Unit Testing infrastructure allows you to create database unit tests using T-SQL or managed code.

·         DataGenerator lets you create data generation plans that produce repeatable sets of meaningful data based upon your existing production databases that can be deployed to a database prior to running unit tests thus ensuring consistent test results

You can find out more about this great new release, see screenshots and find out how to get the early community technology preview which will be available on June 11th at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/products/dbpro/default.aspx

We are making Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals part of the Visual Studio Team Suite, so you’ll get this product for free when we RTM this edition if you are a Visual Studio Team Suite subscriber through MSDN. You can learn more about how to upgrade to Visual Studio Team Suite at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/howtobuy/renewal/#step

Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals will also be available as a stand alone Edition in the Visual Studio Team System family. You can learn more about how to buy Visual Studio Team System at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/howtobuy/default.aspx

The team has already started blogging. You can find out more information directly from the product team by visiting the following blogs:

http://blogs.msdn.com/gertd/

http://blogs.msdn.com/camerons

http://blogs.msdn.com/rwaymi

http://blogs.msdn.com/mattnunn

http://blogs.msdn.com/thomas_murphys_agile_db_blog

http://blogs.msdn.com/tsdatabl

You can also see what others are saying by visiting the new Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals forum at http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=725&SiteID=1