The software development life cycle (SDLC) plays an important role in any type of application development. Many SQL Server database administrators and ETL developers have little experience with source control tools because the tools themselves have been less than “database project-friendly.”
In addition, many SQL Server DBAs have not been involved with SDLCs beyond executing scripts attached to change control documentation. Legislation around the world has changed the role of the SQL Server DBA in the enterprise because of new requirements for tracking changes. Regarding software development life cycles, DBAs now must participate in ever-earlier phases of the project’s development.
In addition, SQL Server DBAs — especially SSIS developers — will realize greater productivity and development cycle fault tolerance as they employ source-controlled development practices. These practices produce code that is auditable, an added benefit in the current corporate climate.
This chapter provides an overview of some of the available features in the source control offerings you have to choose from. It includes a brief description of how to store a project in Subversion (SVN), a common open-source tool, and a detailed walkthrough describing how to create a Team Project ...