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What's New in Azure Data Studio (Formerly SQL Operations Studio)

The October release of Azure Data Studio (formerly called SQL Operations Studio) includes preview support for SQL Server 2019 and more.

Azure Data Studio, which was introduced last year as SQL Operations Studio, is an open source, cross-platform data management tool that works with SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse from Windows, macOS and Linux machines.

Microsoft last month renamed the tool and earlier this month published details about its last two updates.

The big feature is preview support for SQL Server 2019, which last month was introduced in its own preview.

SQL Server 2019 functionality is provided by the SQL Server 2019 extension, which includes support for SQL Server Big Data clusters. That feature lets data developers deploy scalable clusters of SQL Server, Spark and HDFS Docker containers that run on the Kubernetes container orchestration platform.

Azure Data Studio Notebooks also received updates, including:

  • The ability to create or open Notebooks using an integrated Notebook viewer, which in the new release supports connecting to local kernels and the SQL Server 2019 Big Data cluster only.
  • The ability to use the PROSE Code Accelerator libraries in a Notebook in order to learn file format and data types to aid in fast data preparation.

Another new feature is the ability to use the Data External Table Wizard with external tables. Now developers can use the wizard to create an external table and its supporting metadata structures, while also gaining support of remote SQL Server and Oracle servers.

Microsoft also introduced the Azure Resource Explorer, whose functionality was previously provided in an extension. Developers can now more easily manage Azure SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Managed Instance resources, which recently became generally available.

More information on these and other updates can be found in the following published resources:

Azure Data Studio can be downloaded here.

About the Author

David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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