New Visual Studio 2008 Database, Visual Basic Tool Downloads Available

Microsoft this week posted several new downloads for developers working with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Basic.

One of the downloads, Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition Power Tools, offers features like a new data generator wizard, new refractory types and new test conditions, as well as customer-requested features like command-line SQL Static Code Analysis execution through MSBuild, according to the company's Web site and blogs.

Another download is beta software that corrects a problem Visual Studio 2008 has connecting to the SQL Server 2008 community technology preview (CTP) released in November. The issue does not appear to affect the newest SQL Server 2008 CTP, released Tuesday.

For Visual Basic users, Microsoft released version 3.0 of its Visual Basic Power Packs, this one featuring a new Data Repeater control and better Windows Form printing, among other features.

Visual Basic 6.0 users may also want to download a new Visual Basic 6.0 Service Pack 6 security update, posted earlier this month.

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