Developer Edition in Standard / Workgroup mode - by Rob Farley

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  Won't Fix<br /><br />
		Due to several factors the product team decided to focus its efforts on other items.<br /><br />
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ID 331297 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 2
Opened 3/3/2008 5:31:56 PM
Access Restriction Public


I'm so past the scenario of developers fighting with management because they develop something using Developer Edition which turns out to be an Enterprise Edition feature. I know Microsoft like this, so I think features should still be visible perhaps - but I think you should be able to install Developer Edition in a mode which gives you warnings whenever you try to use features that are not available in Standard / Workgroup edition. You'll still have devs whingeing to management that they can't do Data-Driven Subscriptions, etc... but they'll have a much better feel for those features which are going to die when they deploy to Staging.
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Posted by Michael J. Swart on 6/14/2016 at 7:08 AM
We ran into a problem based on the different NOEXPAND behavior seen in Standard vs. Dev editions. Because we didn't catch it in Dev, the defect forced us to hotfix and re-release a version of our own software. So I know how much pain we felt that could have been avoided had we been able to develop in a "standard edition mode". I imagine that many clients continue to feel this pain as well.
Posted by Microsoft on 6/12/2009 at 8:33 PM
Thanks for submitting this request. We have looked at this request, but at this time this work does not fit into our upcoming releases over the next several years. If this continues to be an issue for you and we hear other customers are also looking for the same level of functionality we can investigate further for a future release.

Peter Saddow [Microsoft]
Posted by Kyle Neier on 3/18/2008 at 10:32 AM
Given that SQL 2005 Developer Edition is only different from Enterprise by licensing agreement, I'd like to see this taken one step further and have a Developer Edition which is only different from Standard by licensing agreement.

If this was created, we could limit the local installs to the "Developer Standard" edition and require justification to develop on the centralized "Developer Enterprise" edition.

I also suspect it would be easier for Microsoft to create an install of Standard Edition labeled “Developer” than it would be to implement warnings for the limited features in the current Enterprise Developer offering.
Posted by Microsoft on 3/13/2008 at 8:41 AM
Rob -

Thank you for your feedback; this is a great suggestion and we'll consider it for our next Major Release.


Amy Lewis