Woohoo! It's out! Visual Studio 2008 Database Edition (aka DBPro or Data Dude) GDR has been released, and it comes it a lot of improvements. I couldn't help it, knowing what the improvements are and having used the pre-release versions reminded me of the opening sequence of the 1970's show "The Six Million Dollar man" (I guess 6 million was a lot money back then and no, I am not that old, I watched it later in Mexico, after it was dubbed into Spanish): "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology...Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster." That is how I perceive this new DBPro release, and remember, if you own the Development edition of Visual Studio 2008, you are now also licensed for the Database edition!
Check out the official blog post about the release: http://blogs.msdn.com/gertd/archive/2008/11/25/visual-studio-team-system-2008-database-edition-gdr-rtm.aspx
Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb3ad767-5f69-4db9-b1c9-8f55759846ed&displaylang=en
The October 2008 version of the Team Foundation Power Tools was just released and it comes with some really nice and compelling improvements and new features. Including:
- Windows Shell Extension
Enables you to perform TFS Version Control operations within Windows Explorer (this is my personal favorite of this release). If you want this feature be sure to select Custom Installation option as it is not installed by default.
- Team Members (my second favorite feature of this release)
This allows you to see individual team members' Checkin History, Shelvesets, Pending Changes and more.
- PowerShell support
- Updates to the TFPT.EXE command
- Help and Setup improvements
Check it all out here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/tfs2008/bb980963.aspx