At one time there were two different products named SSDT and that was confusing for lots of folks. and we’re pleased to have Kevin Cunnane, the program manager for SSDT, as our guest.  We wanted to ask him about some of the new database features in Visual Studio and what kind of problems they are looking to solve.

We think it is awesome the Microsoft folks will take some time our there their schedules to talk with us and we think you will this episode an interesting discussion on the future of database tooling.

Episode Quotes

“If you’re doing any kind of adhoc development, Visual Studio is very complementary and it will work well.”

“Visual Studio components are much more focused on kind of the developer scenarios and light weight DBA scenarios.”

Listen to Learn

  • SQL Server Data Tools
  • The BIDS and Visual Studio components of SSDT
  • Visual Studio source control and schema compare
  • Differences of SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio

Our Guest


Kevin Cunnane

Kevin Cunnane is a Senior Software Engineer working on SQL Server client tooling. He has been creating developer tools in the NLP space and for the last five years in the SQL Server team at Microsoft. He is also involved in client tools (mostly Visual Studio), command line tools, SQL Server Data Tools, APIs for DacFx and the Microsoft Azure SQL Database Management Portal.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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