Is sp_execute_external_script Replacing CLR?

Solomon Rutzky makes me invoke Betteridge’s Law of Headlines:

With the additional (and annoying) configuration step required to get SQLCLR Assemblies to load starting in SQL Server 2017, some people have been wondering what is going on with SQLCLR. Considering that this new restriction is the only real change to SQLCLR since SQL Server 2012 (three versions ago), then with (limited) support for languages such as R (starting in SQL Server 2016) and Python (starting in SQL Server 2017) being added, it might even look like SQLCLR is being deprecated (i.e. phased-out) in favor of these new languages.

Could this be true? There is no official indication, but could it be unofficially / “effectively” deprecated? Well, let’s take a look.

As someone who likes CLR, I want both CLR and Machine Learning Services to co-exist.  This would be true even if ML Services supported F# and the lesser .NET languages.

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1 Comment

  • Solomon Rutzky on 2018-08-10

    Agreed. They should coexist because they provide different benefits.

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