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Oracle Database development comes to Visual Studio 2010



David Worthington
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February 24, 2009 —  Today, at the VSLive conference in San Francisco, Quest Software announced that it will be offering an Oracle Database Schema Provider (DSP) for Visual Studio Team System 2010. The DSP gives VSTS developers the ability to work with non-Microsoft databases without limitations, for the first time.

Quest hopes to have a beta of its DSP available later this year, according to Daniel Norwood, product manager of database development tools at Quest. Developers may sign up to be notified upon its release. The price has not yet been determined.

Using the Oracle DSP, developers can perform offline design, development and change management in VSTS. Previously, Oracle development in VSTS was limited (it lacked offline database design and development) and involved time-consuming manual processes to accomplish, said Quest.

"We know developers that use Visual Studio Team System work across multiple databases and environments," said Norman Guadagno, director of marketing for VSTS.

DSP is part of a larger theme of Visual Studio being "appropriate and useful" to developers even in situations where they may not be using Microsoft's entire stack, said Forrester principal analyst Jeffrey Hammond. "'Works best' shouldn't mean 'Works only with.' If you look at the server team embracing PHP or the Silverlight team embracing Eclipse, each step is to try to appeal to as many developers as possible to preserve their interest in the platform."

Microsoft publicized the DSP model at TechEd in June 2008 when it disclosed its partnership with IBM to develop a DSP for IBM's DB2 database. That project is ongoing.

The DSP model was first implemented in Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals for SQL Server, said Chris Menegay, a principal consultant for Notion Solutions and Microsoft regional director.

Microsoft's DSP tools are currently hardwired to SQL Server, so customers wanting to follow those best practices for DB2, Oracle and other databases will not see Microsoft tool support, said Menegay. "There are a lot of customers using databases other than SQL Server, and from an ALM perspective, you want the same workflows ... [DSP] is there today, just no one is taking advantage of it until VS 2010."





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