Posts Tagged ‘Visual Studio’

Can Database Development be Agile?

June 30, 2007

I’ve been a big advocate for Microsoft’s new Visual Studio Team System product line.

The initial launch was in 2005 and was marketed as a Dev Tools suite for Architects, Developers, Project Managers, Testers and "everyone else".

Unfortunately the "everyone else" did not include DB Developers.

The good news is that the newest member of the VSTS Suite is called Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals. It was launched in December 2006.

The bad news is that it only works with SQL Server 2005. It looks like support for ORacle is coming but don’t hold your breath.

In any case, this tool provides the ability to incorporate a daily Database build into the regular daily build.

Finally the DB team and the App dev teams can collaborate and not "hate" each other.

Now when we say the "truth" is in version control it also includes the Database.

More info is here.

Expression – Separation of Church and State

January 24, 2006

Having the ability to separate UI designers from developers has always been the holy grail of software development.

The technology has finally evolved to a point where it is not only possible but necessary for high quality user experiences.

A pre-beta version of a product called Expression Interactive Designer, formerly know as Sparkle, was made available today. Sparkle is a member of the Expression family of products.

I have no doubt that Expression will rock the industry.

The Expression Tools provide an exciting way for left brained and right brained people to collaborate and flourish.

The key underlying technology here is XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language).

Some FYI on Microsoft’s XAML:

  1. Microsoft’s XAML solution (formerly Avalon) is now called WPF/E (Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere)
  2. WPF/E has origins in a project called Glade.
  3. North Face Demo here uses XAML to provide a 3D shopping experience.
  4. Microsoft Max – http://www.microsoft.com/max/

Microsoft’s Max offers a glimpse of what will be easier to build next year using XAML with Peer to Peer file sharing.