Given the choice, most people want to hear the bad news before the good:
The Bad News
I recently found out that the owner of Atlantis Interactive has decided to throw in the towel with regards to his absolutely amazing SQL Server Tools and IDE.
Matt Whitfield has produced (on his own) a set of tools that puts a lot of full blown companies to shame! The IDE SQL Everywhere is a complete replacement for SSMS, but boasts a number of improvements/extra features that seem blindingly obvious when you see them in SQL Everywhere. My favourites are “extract as CTE” where you mark some code and allow SQL Everywhere to create a CTE for you, and the smart renaming of variables/aliases etc.
When I heard that he had made this decision, I could understand it, but still find it a shame. He was obviously in a hard market to start with, with some very firm competition. I am still surprised that the tools haven’t made any noticeable headway – there are loads of people looking for good tools, even in the niche of T-SQL development.
The Good News
Matt has not decided to throw away all that he created. He has unlocked all the tools and set them free! His blood, sweat and tears (well, not so much blood – I hope!) have not been wasted.
If you have had enough of the limitations of SSMS intellisense, or general SSMS strangeness, take a good look at SQL Everywhere. Whilst you are there, have a look at the other great tools he created, you will be surprised at what you find.
My hat goes off to him and I hope that this setback doesn’t stop him from giving it another go in the future.
@Matt – if you read this, I’m looking forward to meeting you at SQLBits. I would love to hear about any other ideas you have on the back burner 🙂