Thursday, March 29, 2012

SQL Server Compact Toolbox hits 100.000 downloads–new release planned

My SQL Server Compact Toolbox add-in for Visual Studio 2010 and 11 beta has now had more than 100.000 downloads. (Actually, more than 105.000, but who’s counting.)

Thanks to all the users of this tool, and your continous feedback. I always think that the most recent release will be the last, but I am already perparing for the next relase, which will add features like:

- Provision a 3.5 database for Sync Framework
- Ability to Migrate to a SQL Server/Express/LocalDB database in a single click (like what you can do with WebMatrix, but from within Visual Studio)
- Support for SQL Server Compact 3.5 connections with Visual Studio 11 beta (to support Windows Phone users and others)
- Option to add a ConnectionStringBuilder class to Windows Phone projects
- When exporting table data, the tables are now ordered topologically
- The Server based DGML files now respect schemas
- Server date and datetime2 columns are now converted to datetime

And in connection with the MVP Summit I got the opportunity to appear on the Visual Studio Toolbox show on Channel 9, where I demo some of the Toolbox features. Maybe you will discover features you did not know about during the demo.