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[Denali CTP3] No extensibility support, still we can have fun

Today, Mark Pryce-Maher left a comment on my post reporting the lack of support for SSMS extensibility in Denali.

Mark just started a series of posts on how to build extensions for Management Studio in Denali by leveraging the isolated shell it is built on.

Basically, you can build Visual Studio extensions and then targeting the isolated shell of Management Studio, making it a little bit easier to write add ins now than it was in the past.

You can read Mark first post on the topic here.

Update 1 : Mark has published the part 2 of his article here.

 

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Analysis Services Feature Suggestion : Managing Measure Group visibility

The most commonly used reporting tool by the users to query Analysis Services may surely be Excel. As professionals, while testing SSAS solutions, we also add BIDS and SSMS to the list.

One of the great but little known feature of those SSAS reporting tool, is their ability to hide the multiple measure groups complexity by selecting one of them and only displaying the measures and dimensions that belongs to it.

Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a screenshot :

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[Denali CTP3] Management Studio : No support for extensibility

So it’s official now, there won’t be support for SSMS extensibility in the next version of SQL server.

It does not mean it will not be technically possible, it is “just” not supported by MS, including no forward/backward compatibility support, no documentation, etc…

Having developed myself several tools to enhance my SSAS experience, I must say that this was on top of my most anticipated feature for years now.

You can find the official info in the BOL here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174219(v=SQL.110).aspx

You can also review the feature suggestion on connect here : https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/265567/ssms-allow-support-for-addins-as-in-visual-studio.

This one was opened back in 2007, I’ve voted for it last year and it was finally classified “Will not be solved” today…

Considering the great expectations a lot of us had for this one, I just didn’t anticipated it would end this way…

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