Thursday, 5 March 2009

Just One More Reason to Love Red Gate Software

Red Gate make really great software – if you work with SQL Server or .NET and haven’t checked out Red Gate’s offerings, I highly recommend them.  They also sponsor the UK Alt.Net conferences, they’re frequently voted one of the top ten workplaces in the UK – and I just stumbled across this, on the 11th page of their (legally binding) license agreements:

The following Beerware is licensed on a free basis:*

DTS Package Compare
SQL Log Rescue

* subject to a non-binding obligation on the Licensee (or their representative) to buy a beer for
a representative of the Licensor at any trade conference at which the Licensee (or their
representative) and the Licensor's representative are both present, provided, however, that
the Licensee (or their representative) should not attempt to purchase a beer where to do so
would be unlawful in the relevant jurisdiction.

Even their lawyers are awesome. I love Red Gate.


NickG said...

They'd be better if everything was half the price. Their stuff is extremely expensive and not always worth it. I mean, £195 just to add minimal intellisense support to Management Studio...

They also do that thing I hate where they go from version 3 to version 4 (no, not 3.02 but verson 4!) but when you pay £500 to upgrade to the new version, you then realise that there aren't actually ANY user visible changes to the application that you can see and you wish you'd just stuck with the old version.

If they made SQL Prompt £49 and took 40-50% off all their other products, they'd be brilliant.

Dylan said...

SQL Toolbelt is the way to go - the initial cost is high, but after that it's a couple of hundred quid a year, for ongoing support and latest versions of the entire SQL tool suite.

But yes, it is expensive. I think it's a worthwhile investment, though.