I am a VS 6.0 Enterprise edition owner.
I am confused about something, because it appears to me that something
(actually 2 something's) are MISSING from the Enterprise edition package:
The Database Designer and the Query Designer.
The Microsoft manual, "Visual Studio Developing for the Enterprise," clearly
states that the Enterprise edition comes with special Enterprise development
tools, which are referred to as Visual Database Tools in the manual,
numerous places. These tools are individually referred to as the Database
Designer and the Query Designer which could only be used with Microsoft SQL
or Oracle, but would allow unprecedented database creation and viewing
capabilities, much like an MS Access graphical front-end, but for SQL.
Well, when I install my VS, I didn't happen to have SQL on my system, so I
didn't really worry about not seeing these programs since I figured their
install program must have seen I didn't have SQL installed and so it just
didn't install those programs, despite the fact that I did a custom install
to get everything installed.
Under the Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Tools menu, you see listed
the MS Visual Modeler, the Application Performance Explorer, and the VS
Analyzer tools, among others. The Database Designer and the Query
Designer, which are specifically mentioned in the manual, and are also the
first thing listed as a "feature" on the back outside of the MS Visual
Studio box, are noticeably absent from this Enterprise Tools program menu.
Well, I recently received my BO 4.5 CD-ROMS, for which I am happy about, and
which I thought would resolve this issue, since I could finally install a
copy of SQL server. I installed the Desktop edition of SQL server onto my
development system (a Win 98 box), so a missing SQL couldn't be the culprit
I looked at re-installing the VS to see if they missing Database Designer or
Query Designer programs would show up once the SQL server was sensed by the
install program and provide me an option for installing them. I guess I
gave the installer program way too much credit, since I only discovered that
I had already installed all there is or was to be installed.
I then went back and reviewed the MSDN Library CD-ROMs and found numerous
references to the Database Designer and Query Designer using a topic only
search. There are menu options in FoxPro named the same, but the FoxPro
features for these is not the same as what is being referred to in the
documentation at all. Likewise, under Visual Basic, there is an database
tool under the 'Add-ins' menu, but also, not what the documentation makes
The bottom line: These tools promised and documented for an Enterprise
version owner do not exist.
Can someone at Microsoft please address this issue, or someone else who has
noticed 'the case of the missing but promised tools'.
Isn't it a breach of contract for Microsoft to promise something on the
outside of the Visual Studio box, listing it as it's top distinguishing
feature no less, and then not deliver the tools promised? What am I missing
here, besides these programs?