Automated Testing (unit/integration) is an integral part of any agile development process. However a project with significant logic housed in database code creates severe constraints to writing unit level tests, especially if it is large, complex and depend on data. We will explore the TST framework and a few ideas for writing and maintaining good tests for database code.
Yevhen Shchyholyev discusses some of the problems that the user may face in the process of developing an application with Entity Framework that interacts with Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite as well as SQL Server. It is intended to be useful to both developers using one of these databases for the first time as well as for those who regularly interaction with multiple databases.
In this article, Grzegorz Gogolowicz and Trent Swanson tackle the problem of generating reports in SQL Server Reporting Services when the source is scanned images and other supplied formats yet a fixed layout report or pixel perfect report is the desired outcome.
InfoQ has reviewed William Vaughn's Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server. Also included is a sample chapter.