SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) release candidate 17.0 RC2 works side-by-side with generally available releases (16.x), but it is not recommended for production use. There are many enhancements which you can read here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/sql-server-management-studio-ssms-release-candidate but there is one feature I really like. It is called Presenter Mode and it is something I will use for my upcoming presentation. (Yes you read that right – might as well try presenting because apparently I like talking)
Since installing SQL Server vNext CTP 1.3 I found out that there is a new way to return statistics histogram for a specific stat which actually is also available with the latest Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1.
I have been pretty busy recently working with Joe Sack from Microsoft and getting my hands dirty with SQL Server vNext accessing some cool stuff (which obviously I can’t talk about – under NDA) and believe me it is pretty powerful stuff.
Taking a step back vNext is going to be a big deal, bringing us new features such as support for running SQL Server on Linux (Red Hat, SUSE, and Ubuntu) and Docker containers, adaptive query processing, SQL graph, improvements to R Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services.
I was working with the most recent release SQL Server vNext CTP 1.2 (January 2017) and more specifically the adaptive query processing area and it is a powerful concept. Just helping the guys at Microsoft validate some things made me realise what amazing stuff is in the pipeline. Joe has already blogged about a section within this space called batch mode adaptive memory grant feedback. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlserverstorageengine/2016/11/29/introducing-batch-mode-adaptive-memory-grant-feedback/ but I was working on something else <BIG SMILE>.
It really is an exciting time to be involved with the SQL Server product because I know there is more to come. It’s probably the right time to thank Joe for answering my questions and being very patient with me to really allow me to help them.
Hopefully I can keep helping with future releases of this product because from writing articles, blogging and building my codeplex project it is mini projects like this that really makes me smile. (Yes I include the SQLskills waits library in that too)
Thanks for reading!