Another reason to sign-up for Visual Studio Dev Essentials

The March update for Visual Studio Dev Essentials has announced that SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now free for Dev Essentials members! It was always great value for non-production development and testing, but now – it really shows how Microsoft SQL Server is really gunning for Oracle’s database customers.

Exciting news! Starting today, SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is available as a free download for Dev Essentials members. Build almost any kind of database application and unlock insights faster with a complete business intelligence solution. SQL Server 2014 was designed to work in hybrid environments, making it easier for you to build back-up and disaster recovery solutions with Azure, as well as delivering a consistent experience across on-premises and cloud.


I’ve had a process for several years that imports approximately 20 million rows into a staging table from a 3GB CSV flat file. As these things do, it has evolved over time. It started as a bulk import statement, but – as errors started to regularly kill the process – it evolvedinto a SSIS package. Without too much difficulty, I was able to set up a data flow task so that rows that generate errors would be diverted. Unfortunately, the package suddenly¬†started failing with an¬†DTS_W_MAXIMUMERRORCOUNTREACHED error.

The column delimiter for column “Column 15” was not found.

Error: 0xC0202055 at Import, Flat File Source [13]: The column delimiter for column “Column 15” was not found.

Error: 0xC0202092 at Import, Flat File Source [13]: An error occurred while processing file “E:\Data\csv-import.csv” on data row 1.
Error: 0xC0047038 at Import, SSIS.Pipeline: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_PRIMEOUTPUTFAILED. The PrimeOutput method on Flat File Source returned error code 0xC0202092. The component returned a failure code when the pipeline engine called PrimeOutput(). The meaning of the failure code is defined by the component, but the error is fatal and the pipeline stopped executing. There may be error messages posted before this with more information about the failure.

Microsoft announces SQL Server to run on Linux

In the run up to the Data Driven event, Microsoft stunned the SQL Server community by announcing that they’d be offering SQL Server on a Linux platform by 2017. There was a solid demonstration during the event, but in the following days it became clear that it would initially be just the core database engine, and none of that fancy Business Intelligence (BI) stuff.

Microsoft also announced their “Break free from Oracle” licensing offer – basically, if you sign up before June, you’ll potentially be able to get Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for free as a swap-out of your Oracle licences. Of course, the devil is in the detail – for instance, buying Software Assurance is a part of the offer.