Embracing SQL Server 2022 with SSDT 17.8: Unveiling Key Updates

In the dynamic landscape of database development, SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is a powerful tool for database developers in the Visual Studio ecosystem.  SSDT 17.8 is the latest version of Visual Studio 2022, released to general availability on November 14th, 2023. This version introduces crucial enhancements and fixes, underscoring Microsoft’s commitment to refining the developer experience.

MDS 3 to MDS 5 update: One of the headline features involves a significant shift to Microsoft.Data.SqlClient (MDS) 5.1.2. The update has enabled support for TDS 8.0 which provides enhanced security and brings SSDT in sync with the latest SqlClient release.