BimlExpress is a new Visual Studio add-in that includes everything that is currently available in the BIDS Helper Biml subset. In addition, it has a code editor that is similar in functionality to the BimlOnline code editor. Over time, we will be adding additional functionality to BimlExpress. BimlExpress is free just like BIDS Helper, we only require a valid email address to send a license key to.
Why did we create BimlExpress?
Biml in BIDS Helper has been a great combination. However sometimes we are ready to ship a new version of the Biml Engine but the next version of BIDSHelper isn't ready. Sometimes BIDSHelper wants to ship their new version and our Engine isn't ready. Those times occasionally line up, but usually don’t. Now both Varigence and BIDSHelper will be able to ship new versions soon as they're ready, allowing our Biml users to get the latest and greatest of everything as soon as possible.
Will Biml still be available in BIDSHelper?
Yes you can still use Biml with BIDSHelper. Each time BIDSHelper ships, we will ship it with whatever the newest Biml Engine happens to be. If users want the very latest functionality and additional features like the code editor, then BimlExpress will be there for them. This is all about giving away more functionality for free to Biml users.
Learn more about BimlExpress here.