Chapter 15. Source Control and Software Development Life Cycle

Software Development Life Cycles play an important role in any type of application development. Many SQL Server database administrators and ETL developers have little experience with Microsoft Source Control tools because the tools themselves have been less than "database project-friendly." Microsoft has responded with a more reliable version of Visual SourceSafe and a new source control architecture called Team System.

In addition, many SQL Server DBAs have not been involved with Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs) beyond executing scripts attached to change control documentation. Legislation around the world has changed the role of the SQL Server DBA in the enterprise because of new requirements for tracking changes. Regarding Software Development Life Cycles, DBAs now must participate in ever-earlier phases of the project development.

In addition, SQL Server DBAs — especially SSIS developers — will realize greater productivity and development cycle fault tolerance as they employ source-controlled development practices. These practices produce code that is auditable, an added benefit in the current corporate climate.

This chapter provides an overview of some of the available features in Microsoft's new offerings. It includes a brief description of how to store a project in Visual SourceSafe and a detailed walkthrough that describes creating a Team Project — using Visual Studio Team System — for SSIS. In practice, ...

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