What's new / Release notes
Version 4.0.0 - Thursday 22 April 2021
VenturaSQL is now an open source project.
- The VenturaSQL runtime VenturaSQL.NETStandard.dll is compiled as a .Net Standard 2.0 class library. Making it compatible with about any C# project.
- The server runtime VenturaSQL.AspNetCore.Server.dll is compiled with .NET 5.0
- The server runtime for ASP.NET on .Net Framework 4.x is dropped.
- VenturaSQL Studio, the WPF desktop program, is compiled with .NET 5.0
Available NuGet packages for Ventura SQL 4
- VenturaSQL.NETStandard contains the runtime DLL that is compatible with .Net Standard 2.0.
- VenturaSQL.AspNetCore.Server for middle-tier server projects. The server bits require ASP.NET Core 5.0 or higher.
- VenturaSQL Studio 4 runs on .NET 5, and this runtime does not support the dynamic loading of ADO.NET providers. Provider DLLs must be linked into the VenturaSQLStudio executable. Please contact email@example.com if you need a provider added.
- VenturaConfig was renamed to VenturaSqlConfig.
- The middle-tier now uses a Web API controller.
Version 3.2.83 - Tuesday 29 September 2020
- When opening an auto-generated recordset in the editor, a warning is displayed that any changes to the recordset will be overwritten at code-generation time;
- Added NuGet packages for .Net 5.0: VenturaSQL.NET5Webserver and VenturaSQL.NET5Runtime.
Version 3.1.73 - Saturday 25 July 2020
- Added support for incrementally loading rows from the database into a recordset;
Version 3.0.55 - Monday 1 June 2020
- Made VenturaSQL compatible with Blazor WebAssembly;
- Added the VenturaConfig.SetHttpClientFactory() method for Blazor WebAssembly support;
- Added a new Project Template: "Create a Blazor WebAssembly project with an ASP.NET Core 3.1 Web server as the middle-tier";
- Updated the SQL Server connection strings in the New Project Templates as the sample AdventureWorks 2017 database on Azure SQL Server was moved from Azure "East US 2" to Azure "West Europe" (Amsterdam):
Server=tcp:venturatools-sqlserver-public.database.windows.net,1433; Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks2017; Persist Security Info=False;User ID=reader; Password=easypassword9!; MultipleActiveResultSets=False; Encrypt=True; TrustServerCertificate=False; Connection Timeout=30;
Version 2.8.15 - Wednesday 15 April 2020
- VenturaSQL.AspNetCore.dll requires ASP.NET Core 3.1 or higher;
- VenturaSQL Studio no longer needs product key activation. The menu option [Tools-License] was removed.
Version 2.6.1950 - Monday 12 November 2018
- Added Record.ResetToUnmodified and Recordset.ResetAllToUnmodified methods;
- Added Record.IsModified(column name) method to query the modification status of an individual column;
- Small improvements to the generated Recordset source code
Version 2.6.1910 - Monday 5 November 2018
- Improvements to the generated records code;
- Auto Create Recordsets now places (provider determined) quotes around column and table names.
Version 2.6.1902 - Friday 2 November 2018
- Improved the "class summary" text for the generated recordsets;
- RecordsetObservable<> was renamed to ResultsetObservable<>;
- RecordsetData<> was renamed to ResultsetData<>;
- Project Vacuuming. Deleted recordsets will also be deleted from the Visual Studio C# output projects. All folders you specify in a VenturaSQL project are now managed by VenturaSQL. Ventura will empty the folders as needed;
- Auto-run "Auto Create Recordsets". The Auto Create Recordsets module runs every time when code generation is started. This makes Ventura easier to use when modifying tables in the database. Before: a) modify/add table column. b) delete Auto Create folder. c) run Auto Create d) run Generate. New: a) modify/add table column. b) run Generate.
- Completed record-validation in the generated record code. It checks that all primary keys are set. If not, an exeption is thrown;
Version 2.5.1690 - Friday 28 September 2018
- SQLite: fixed detection of a resultset even though the script didn't produce any resultsets. The provider produces a resultset without columns instead of no resultset.
Version 2.5.1681 - Monday 17 September 2018
This build is released as a preview. The "Learn the programming pattern for LOB (Line of Business) applications" template has been added to the "New Project" dialog. This is an extensive sample on how to use recordsets and viewmodels to create LOB software.
Version 2.5.1652 - Thursday 13 September 2018
This build is released as a preview and is a major update that makes VenturaSQL a mature product with extended functionality:
- The code generator, VenturaSQL Studio is feature complete:
- Select any ADO.NET Provider in the provider page;
- A new Advanced Provider Settings dialog;
- When creating a new project, there is a list of templates to choose from;
- A new recordset parameter definition dialog;
- The Auto Create Recordsets module has been added;
- A lot of improvements to the generated recordset C# code;
- Major improvements to the runtime, making working with the database easier than ever before.
The VenturaSQL.NETStandard.WithoutADO.dll was removed. Every .NET framework flavor has the full ADO.NET functionality aboard by default, so it doesn't make sense to have a Ventura runtime without ADO.NET (System.Data) references.
Version 2.0.3 - Wednesday 8 August 2018
The UI has been improved:
- The Project Explorer is always visible.
- Multi-select, Move, Copy and Delete has been added to the Project Explorer.
- The menu on the left side of each tab has been removed, and is replaced by buttons on the top row of the page.
Version 1.100.53 - Thursday 10 May 2018
The Ventura runtime libraries are now delivered as .Net Standard 2.0 class libraries. The runtime comes in two flavors:
- VenturaSQL.NETStandard.dll contains the complete runtime;
- VenturaSQL.NETStandard.WithoutADO.dll is the runtime without any ADO.NET/SqlClient references.
VenturaUWP.dll, VenturaAndroid.dll, VenturaIOS.dll, VenturaWPF.dll and VenturaWinForms.dll are replaced by the .Net Standard DLLs.
VenturaAspNet.dll still exists, but contains only the server bits, and must be referenced in combination with one of the fore mentioned .Net Standard DLLs.
VenturaAspNetCore.dll is new, and must be referenced with VenturaSQL.NETStandard.dll or VenturaSQL.NETStandard.WithoutADO.dll
VenturaSQL.UWP, VenturaSQL.Android, VenturaSQL.iOS, VenturaSQL.WPF, VenturaSQL.WinForms are obsolete.
VenturaSQL.AspNetCore is new.
VenturaSQL.NETStandard is new.
VenturaSQL.NETStandard.WithoutADO is new.
The out-of-box experience is vastly improved. When you create a new project, VenturaSQL Studio can generate sample recordsets and Visual Studio projects in the VenturaSQL project folder.
We've installed Microsoft's AdventureWorks sample database on an Azure SQL Server (venturatemplate.database.windows.net). The database is used in the samples.
Version 1.0.202 - Tuesday 26 December 2017
Cosmetic changes and minor fixes only.
Version 1.0.200 - Thursday 29 June 2017
In preparation for the Ventura UX product, Ventura (the Data Access Layer) is renamed to VenturaSQL.
The EXE and DLL names and NuGet Id's have been changed.
EXE and DLL names
VenturaStudio.exe becomes VenturaSQLStudio.exe
VenturaUWP.dll becomes VenturaSQL.UWP.dll
VenturaAndroid.dll becomes VenturaSQL.Android.dll
VenturaIOS.dll becomes VenturaSQL.IOS.dll
VenturaWPF.dll becomes VenturaSQL.WPF.dll
VenturaWinForms.dll becomes VenturaSQL.WinForms.dll
VenturaAspNet.dll becomes VenturaSQL.AspNet.dll
Ventura.UWP becomes VenturaSQL.UWP
Ventura.Android becomes VenturaSQL.Android
Ventura.iOS becomes VenturaSQL.iOS
Ventura.WPF becomes VenturaSQL.WPF
Ventura.WinForms becomes VenturaSQL.WinForms
Ventura.AspNet becomes VenturaSQL.AspNet
Do not forget to remove the old nuget reference, and replace it with the new NuGet Id in your Visual Studio projects.
This update contains no new or changed functionality.
Version 1.0.108 - Tuesday 4 April 2017
Cosmetic changes only.
Version 1.0.101 - Tuesday 31 January 2017
A minor but breaking change.
Recordset.SetLoadParams() was renamed to Recordset.SetExecSqlParams().
Version 1.0.100 - Sunday 29 January 2017
Breaking changes: The Load and Save methods of both the Transactional class and generated Recordset classes have been renamed.
Recordset.Load() was renamed to Recordset.ExecSql() and Recordset.LoadAsync() was renamed to Recordset.ExecSqlAsync()
Recordset.Save() was renamed to Recordset.SaveChanges() and Recordset.SaveAsync() was renamed to Recordset.SaveChangesAsync()
The Transactional class was modified in a similar way:
Transactional.Load() was renamed to Transactional.ExecSql() and Transactional.LoadAsync() was renamed to Transactional.ExecSqlAsync()
Transactional.Save() was renamed to Transactional.SaveChanges() and Transactional.SaveAsync() was renamed to Transactional.SaveChangesAsync()
With an SQL statement like "select * from Customers," calling the method executing the SQL statement "Load" is a perfect fit. However when your recordset contains, for example, an INSERT statement, "Load" is confusing. For this reason "Load" was renamed to "ExecSql" as this describes exactly what happens.
Version 1.0.90 - Thursday 26 January 2017
- Implemented support for the INotifyPropertyChanged interface.
- Implemented Calculated columns as an easy to implement alternative to XAML Value Converters and XAML MultiBinding.
Version 1.0.86 - Wednesday 25 January 2017
Due to a change in version 1.0.80 the [Move up] and [Move down] buttons stopped working. This was fixed.
VenturaSQL Studio will check if a Ventura update is available while starting, and display a message accordingly.
Version 1.0.80 - Tuesday 13 December 2016
The RTM release for version 1.0
Cosmetic changes only.
Version 1.0.70 - Release Candidate 5 - Friday 9 December 2016
In preparation for the RTM release the License Key format has been changed.
This means that Trial License keys that you download from Venturatools.com from 9 December onwards, are only compatible with Ventura version 1.0.70 or higher.
If you are running version 1.0.60 or earlier, and you click the [Download trial key] button on the License page, VenturaSQL Studio will display an error message.
Update to version 1.0.70 and the error message will be gone.
Version 1.0.60 - Release Candidate 4 - Saturday 3 December 2016
A minor fix.
When a resultset column contains an expression like SELECT SUM(Invoice.Total), the column will be nameless. For this reason you have to give the column a name by adding the "AS" clause. For example:
SELECT SUM(Invoice.Total) AS 'TotalInvoiced'
The recordset validator did not check for missing column names, and this allowed recordsets to be generated with empty property names. The validator has been updated.
Version 1.0.49 - Release Candidate 3 - Wednesday 23 November 2016
Two small changes.
A SQL variable starting with @@ is a global variable. They are declared and set automatically by SQL server.
When parsing a SQL statement in the recordset, global variables would inadvertently be added to the parameter list. This was fixed.
Generated C# source code files were written in ASCII format. This was changed to UTF8 to allow for special characters.
Version 1.0.48 - Release Candidate 2 - Monday 21 November 2016
Cosmetic changes only.
The first lines of a generated Recordset .cs source code file now contain the name of the project file, target platform, generator version and the generation timestamp:
Project file: "C:\Active\Ventura\Internaltest\UWP Test.venproj"
Target platform: UWP
Generator version: 1.0.46
Generated on: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 11:28:39 AM
Also, the updateable table information in the class summary was improved:
/// This Recordset can be used to insert, update and delete data for SQL Server table [Employee].
/// All the columns of the updateable table are present in the Recordset:
/// - Primary key column(s) of the updateable table present in the Recordset: EmployeeId.
/// - Non-primary key column(s) of the updateable table present in the Recordset: LastName, FirstName, Title, ReportsTo, BirthDate, HireDate, Address, City, State, Country, PostalCode, Phone, Fax and Email.
Version 1.0.46 - Release Candidate 1 - Thursday 17 November 2016
Connectors.Default = new Connector(...);
needs to be replaced with:
VenturaConfig.DefaultConnector = new Connector(...);
- The start page displays a Most Recently Used (MRU) list of recently opened Ventura projects.
- The "automatically open most recent project after opening VenturaSQL Studio" option was removed, as it is replaced by the Start Page with the MRU list.
Version 1.0.40 - Beta 4 - Friday 11 November 2016
Synchronous loading and saving
Synchronous loading and saving of data has returned.
A few months ago we dropped this feature as we came to the conclusion it was obsolete. However, while using Ventura ourselves to access SQL Server data via a direct Ado.Net connection in the Venturatools.com Web Application, we found marking methods as async caused unneeded complexity to certain modules.
Synchronous loading and saving methods: Transactional.Load(..), Transactional.Save(), Recordset.Load() and Recordset.Save()
Asynchronous: await Transactional.LoadAsync(..), await Transactional.SaveAsync(..), await Recordset.LoadAsync() and await Recordset.SaveAsync()
Note that a Record.Load/Save call internally calls Transactional.Load/Save.
Version 1.0.40 introduces a licensing system. When starting Ventura for the first time you need to unlock it with a purchased license key, or a free 30 day trial license.
A purchased license key includes one year of free product updates.
As purchase options will only be available on Venturatools.com\Buy when the first RTM release is available, beta testers will need to use a trial key for now. Do not worry about the 30 day time limit. We will reset this time limit until 30 days after the RTM version is released.
Version 1.0.36 - Beta 3a - Thursday 29 September 2016
- The 'Raw schema' dialog will not open and display a message instead when an SQL statement returns no result sets;
- The 'Run query' dialog will not open and display a message instead when an SQL statement returns no result sets;
- The 'Run query' dialog couldn't handle CLR-UDT columns and displayed an error.
Version 1.0.34 - Beta 3 - Monday 26 September 2016
- In the project setting dialog you now need to specify the target platform (UWP/WPF/WinForms/Asp.Net/Android/iOS). Previous auto discovery of the project type was removed;
- For WPF and WinForms projects you can optionally disable inclusion of the SQL statement in the generated Recordset classes for security reasons. A Recordset with the SQL statement included can connect directly to SQL server;
- Each of the 6 possible output Visual Studio projects can be (temporarily) disabled by clearing a checkbox;
- All SQL server data types (except sql_variant) are now supported. CLR-UDT's are only available on the WPF/WinFormsAsp.Net platforms since CLR-UDT's can not be deserialized on UWP/Android and iOS platforms as they are running on a different .Net framework;
Version 1.0.30 - Beta 2 - Thursday 15 September 2016
- Multiple resultsets;
- Improved extraction of SQL parameter list from SQL statement;
- SQL output parameters (as well as input parameters);
- Use Recordsets with direct SQL Server connection, thus without middle tier, in Asp.Net, WPF and WinForms projects simply by changing the connectstring;
- When inserting a new row, the identity (autoincrement) column value is transmitted back to the client and updated in the Recordset;
- Recordsets can implement the INotifyCollectionChanged (ObservableCollection) interface by ticking a checkbox.
Version 1.0.24 - Beta 1 - Thursday 30 June 2016
The first public beta release for Ventura.