Tag Archives: tools

Creating a Quick Dashboard Widget

I read Carlos Robles blog on creating an Azure Data Studio (ADS) insight widget and decided to try this for myself. I decided to try and get a list of object types and a count of each. Following instructions, here’s … Continue reading

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Adding SQL Search to Azure Data Studio

There are a limited number of extensions available for Azure Data Studio (ADS), but one that came out early is SQL Search. This is highlighted as a recommended extension from Microsoft. Redgate worked with them early on in the lifecycle … Continue reading

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Better Keyboard Extensions in Azure Data Studio

I used to use ALT+X to execute queries in SSMS. I spent years with this shortcut, but as I started to present more, CTRL+E felt more natural. I’ve now grown used to that, so when I typed CTRL+E in Azure … Continue reading

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Installing Azure Data Studio

Azure Data Studio is the newest tool from Microsoft for working on the data platform. Last year we saw the preview release of this, called SQL Operations Studio. No one liked the name, and as the tools team at Microsoft … Continue reading

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SOS to ADS

When Microsoft announced SQL Operations Studio last year, I wasn’t thrilled. The move to a VS Code shell was less of a concern to me than having a better SSMS toolset. Actually, with VS moving to MacOS, I was hoping … Continue reading

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The Ideal IDE

When I started working with SQL Server, I spent a lot of time in Query Analyzer and isql.exe. Those were my two main tools, using those to query a database instance in a lightweight manner. At some point Microsoft released … Continue reading

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T-SQL Tuesday #101–Tools

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is brought to you by Jens Vestergaard. The invitation for #101 is for essential SQL Server tools. Since I work for a tool vendor, you can guess that I’m going to be shaded that way. This … Continue reading

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Using Better Tools

There are good tools available to help you work with your SQL Server database or build better applications. Microsoft has built some, most of which I think are basic and not great, but plenty of third parties have offered products … Continue reading

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KDiff3

As I write more code, especially database code, and I collaborate with others (or myself), I find that I have the need to merge code more and more. It’s inevitable, and since I work across a couple machines, I even … Continue reading

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Basic SQLCMD–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I had the need to connect from the command line recently, and decided to make a quick post on … Continue reading

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