Gert Drapers is the Principal Group Program Manager for Project Juneau, the next version of SQL Server developer tooling shipping as part of SQL Server “Denali”.
Declarative Database Development with SSDT
Declare how you want your schema to look like, not how you want to implement it. Using the SQL Server Data Tools, you define your database schema in a declarative form and deploy it as such!
Database development is complicated by nature! Database engines are stateful, so data loss is always a risk; object dependencies determine the order in which changes need to be applied and the loosely coupled nature of the SQL language can result in unexpected runtime errors. These are just a small collection of examples why database development is hard. The SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) development environment helps developers getting a better handle on database development, testing, deployment and migrations. The declarative nature lets the developer focus on the final state they want, instead of writing an imperative script on how to change the state of the database directly.