Author: David Lean
Created: Wednesday, 7 March 2012
The SQL 2012 replacement for BIDS & VS2010 Data Tools - Released 7th Mar 2012
As of today 7th March 2012 you can download & install the new client tool called Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
They are a free download & like other SQL Client Tools they assume you have the appropriate SQL Client licenses.
This coincides with the Launch of SQL 2012.
These tools are intended to supercede the "Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS)" client tools released with SQL 2005/8. They also are an enhancement for the Visual Studio Database development tools, useful for the DBA who works within a larger development team.
(That said this first release is not a complete replacement for that technology. It adds many nice features for DB development. But we need to wait for v2.0 to get better unit testing & test data generation.