[h2_heading]What does SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition now ‘FREE as in BEER’ mean?[/h2_heading]

You like beer right? You know how good it tastes after a long day at work? If that beer was then FREE you might even enjoy it more. Well Microsoft have announced that SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free download for Visual Studio Dev Essentials members Prior to this pricing revolution it was required that each Dev copy of SQL Server have a developer license. One per concurrent user but that has changed making it much easier to license Test/Dev environments. Remember though that it is only free for dev and testing environments not production instances but all the same FREE is FREE.

Not enough?

Well when SQL Server 2016 is released the developer edition will also be FREE. How cool is that?

[h3_heading]Why am I excited by this?[/h3_heading]

Developers and the next gen of DBAs will be able to get hold of the Developer Edition which has all of the Enterprise Edition features allowing you to run, create, test and even break it. We all learn much more and much faster from breaking and trying things out than you ever will from just following a tutorial. This play time is actually the experience that businesses are looking for and you can gain it before you have even started your first job. The way I got my first job is exactly what I am recommending right now. Download, test and play with the products you are interested in so when you apply for your first job you can show experience with the tools you will be using day to day.

So download SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition, install it, update it, try out every feature then break it and fix it because that experience is what you will be paid for and it’s fun.