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Best SQL Tools for Database Developers and Administrators

For a SQL database developer, it is essential to have the necessary SQL tools in hand, which enable to reduce the development time of given functionality. The same is true for the tester. For a database administrator, it is also important to have monitoring tools.

In this article, we are going to look at some MS SQL Server development and monitoring tools, such as:

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • dbForge SQL Tools
  • Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
  • dbForge Studio for SQL Server if necessary
  • Notepad ++
  • DBeaver
  • ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools
  • RedGate SQL Toolbelt
  • Spotlight on SQL Server и Foglight for SQL Server
  • Zabbix
  • Prometheus

SQL Server Management Studio
Let us begin with a free SSMS application. The functionality for development can be found here.
To add, there is a convenient function of Registered Server, which allows you to add the necessary MS SQL Server instances and also group them:
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It is also possible to create subgroups, to send requests to a given group, or a subgroup, or to a certain registered configured server, to upload registered configured servers for further import between all developers, for testing and administration.

It is also important to note the possibility of multi-editing:
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In SSMS, there is also a possibility of managing the Agent and designing databases through a database diagram. But the latter isn’t very user-friendly.

What is more, in SSMS, it is also possible to see active queries using Activity Monitor, but in general, it isn’t the best option to monitor a database and a database server.

Also, to monitor performance, you can use Profiler and Extended events in SSMS.

There are a bunch of other functions in SSMS, including the following:

  • data import and export
  • performance reports
  • database engine log shipping configuration and monitoring
  • configuring and monitoring AlwaysOn availability groups
  • configuring and monitoring query store
    and many more.

dbForge SQL Tools

dbForge SQL Tools is a multi-functional toolkit for SQL Server. The tools are useful for any Microsoft SQL Server developer because they are integrated into SSMS, expanding it with the missing functionality, to perform a lot of routine tasks. SQL Tools can be used to automate development and deploy databases with the help of dbForge DevOps Automation. The package includes:

  • SQL Complete, which is one of the most functional add-ins, used to write and format SQL queries in SSMS and VS. This utility has not only functions of SQL code IntelliSense, formatting, and refactoring, but also a huge number of useful features that simplify code writing, formatting, and refactoring. This add-in also integrates with Visual Studio, which is particularly convenient.
  • Source Control is a powerful SSMS add-in for managing SQL Server database changes via all popular source control systems.
  • Unit Test is a convenient GUI for unit automation in SSMS.
  • Schema Compare and Data Compare
  • an excellent Data Generator for generation SQL Server test data.
  • Documenter
  • Data Pump, which provides you with a convenient functionality for data export/import.
  • Index Manager, which is used for index optimization.
  • Query Builder allows users to visually build SQL queries of any complexity.
  • Search is used for a quick search for objects and data in the database.
  • Monitor for SQL Server has basic required functionality.
  • Event Profiler
  • SQL Decryptor

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Apart from this, the package includes dbForge DevOps Automation, whose functionality allows you to implement a comprehensive database continuous integration process for SQL Server. In this way, a user gets a full set of tools for database DevОps.

You can buy all tools from the package and install them separately, but experience has proven that buying the package will reduce the cost of the tools substantially.

Visual Studio Editor for SQL Server

Hand in hand with SSMS goes the powerful Visual Studio editor for SQL Server Database Project projects and other types of projects for databases and T-SQL scripts:
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Visual Studio is usually used for the following main functions:

  • Viewing and editing code and the database as a whole
  • Comparing database schemas and data, and making changes to the schema if necessary
  • Database schema export and import

Among the main disadvantages of SSMS as well as Visual Studio, are the following ones:

  1. They do not have all the necessary functions for development, testing, and administration

  2. Some of the capabilities, even if present, do not allow to perform all required tasks, and the process itself is very time-consuming.

There is also Visual Studio Code, which a cross-platform analogue of Visual Studio and which has only part of its functionality:
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dbForge Studio for SQL Server

Let us now look at the dbForge Studio for SQL Server editor:
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This solution is an alternative to SSMS, which complements and expands it. On top of that, this editor has well-implemented such important functions as:

  • Database Documenter
  • Database Schema Compare and Database Data Compare
  • Unit Test
  • Code Formatting
  • Source Control
  • Database Designer
  • Index Manager
  • Data Generator
  • Search
  • Monitor
  • Backup and Restore
  • Debugger
  • Query Profiler
  • Intellisense
    and lots more.

Unfortunately, for the present moment, dbForge Studio for SQL Server does not support multi-editing.

Notepad ++

We can not but mention a wonderful simplified and free editor which is Notepad++. You can use it to view and edit T-SQL scripts. The editor supports multiple programming languages:
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This editor is especially handy when a T-SQL query is too large and it has many thousands and dozens of thousands of code lines because SSMS can freeze even when it displays a big chunk of code. There are various extensions for Notepad++, the most frequently used ones are SQL code comparison and formatting. You can also search for files with the help of Notepad++.

We won’t name the drawbacks of Notepad++, as it is mainly used for reading and editing the content of a file, and also for searching for a fragment in files and comparing the contents of files.

DBeaver
One more free editor, DBeaver:
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There is a paid version as well.

This editor, among all other things, has useful functions such as:

  • Code formatting
  • Database design
  • Open Dashboard
  • Search
  • Transaction Log
    However, this editor does not support multi-editing and some other useful functions for development, testing, and administration.

ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools
Let’s now look at ApexSQL developer tools and ApexSQL DBA tools, which are plugged in SSMS and in Visual Studio:
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ApexSQL developer tools are designed for development and testing. It provides, among other things, the following functions:

  • Database schema and data comparison
  • SQL code formatting
  • Database documentation
  • Synthetic test data generation
  • Unit testing
  • Database design
  • Connecting to popular version control systems
  • Search for objects and data

ApexSQL DBA tools are designed for SQL Server administration. Among others, it provides the following functionality:

  • Index optimization
  • Backup and recovery
  • Reading transaction log

Together, ApexSQL developer tools and ApexSQL DBA tools, as well as dbForge SQL Tools, allow us to fully implement continuous integration and delivery processes and to organize ci/cd pipeline.

RedGate SQL Toolbelt
Let us now look at RedGate SQL Toolbelt:
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This tool is designed to develop, test, and administer databases. It provides, among other things, the following functions:

 1) Comparison of schemas and database data

 2) SQL Server monitoring

 3) Search

 4) Backup

 5) Documentation of databases

 6) Index Manager

 7) Analysis and formatting of the code

 8) Continuous integration and automatic deployment of SQL Server database

 9) Data generator

and much more.

As you can see, RedGate is the most expensive of all mentioned tools and it has a wide range of functionalities, but such competitive products as dbForge SQL Tools, ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools are constantly being improved, and new functionality is added to them. Therefore, today it is safe to say that such products as dbForge SQL Tools, ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools are on the level with, and in some cases even superior to RedGate, yet they are much cheaper.

SQL Server Monitoring Tools
At the end of the overview of the SQL Server tools, we will briefly go over the most popular systems for SQL Server monitoring.

Spotlight on SQL Server and Foglight for SQL Server
Let us start by looking at Spotlight on SQL Server
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This tool is quite rich in functionality for monitoring database servers and has, among others, the following functions:

  • collect basic characteristics of both the server and each database
  • fine-tuning alerts for each performance metric
  • several ready-made templates for performance metrics and alerts
  • a possibility to create user performance metrics
  • many convenient visual reports, including database growth rate reports
  • collection and analysis of heavy queries and their performance plans in the context of the total performance duration, of CPU performance, and of the number of the records, physical and logical reads
  • analysis of index fragmentation
  • a possibility to have a detailed look into every moment of time when the messages or alerts appeared, including details on queries and their performance plans (Playback)
    and a lot more

A more advanced solution for SQL Server monitoring is Foglight for SQL Server:
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Zabbix
Let us now look at Zabbix:
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This product for monitoring provides a wide range of performance metrics and their triggers, as well as templates for them, different graphics, dashboards, and a wide variety of functionality, most of which can be customized.

The monitor has one major drawback. Zabbix, unlike Spotlight on SQL Server, can’t show queries at the specific point in time. But Zabbix is an open-source solution that allows you to monitor much more than just a database server.

Prometheus
Let us now consider Prometheus:
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Prometheus is usually used with the client side of Grafana.

Grafana can also be used for Zabbix, but the latter has a built-in customizable client side view to display the results in the form of dashboards and graphs.

Prometheus and Zabbix work fine for SQL Server monitoring and they fully cover the needs for monitoring databases and servers without giving details of queries in chronological order. Zabbix can be used without Grafana, so it can be deployed and set up faster than other solutions. However, Prometheus is much more modular and extendable than Zabbix.

Conclusion
The main tools for working with SQL Server databases are:

  • SSMS

  • Visual Studio
    They can be extended by third-party plugins to cover all development, testing and administration needs:

  • dbForge SQL Tools

  • ApexSQL developer tools и ApexSQL DBA tools

  • RedGate SQL Toolbelt
    or other similar systems.

These solutions also allow us to fully support the DevOps process.

To monitor database servers, I usually use the following systems:

  • Zabbix
  • Prometheus и Grafana
    or other similar systems.

To monitor queries and query history, the following tools are often used:

  • Spotlight on SQL Server
  • Foglight for SQL Server
  • SQL Server Query Store
    or other similar systems.

There are also a number of additional tools that partially or completely replace SSMS depending on the tasks that are solved, working with SQL Server:

  • dbForge Studio for SQL Server
  • Visual Studio Code
  • DBeaver
    The Notepad++ editor is handy when editing content, searching, or comparing very large files.

Originally posted at https://codingsight.com/best-sql-tools-for-database-developers-and-administrators/
Author Evgeniy Gribkov

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List of Available Database for Current User In SQL Server

Introduction

When working in the SQL Server, we may have to check some other databases other than the current one which we are working. In that scenario we may not be sure that does we have access to those Databases?. In this article we discuss the list of databases that are available for the current logged user in SQL Server

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Best SQL Tools for Database Developers and Administrators

For a SQL database developer, it is essential to have the necessary SQL tools in hand, which enable to reduce the development time of given functionality. The same is true for the tester. For a database administrator, it is also important to have monitoring tools.

In this article, we are going to look at some MS SQL Server development and monitoring tools, such as:

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • dbForge SQL Tools
  • Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
  • dbForge Studio for SQL Server if necessary
  • Notepad ++
  • DBeaver
  • ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools
  • RedGate SQL Toolbelt
  • Spotlight on SQL Server и Foglight for SQL Server
  • Zabbix
  • Prometheus

SQL Server Management Studio
Let us begin with a free SSMS application. The functionality for development can be found here.
To add, there is a convenient function of Registered Server, which allows you to add the necessary MS SQL Server instances and also group them:
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It is also possible to create subgroups, to send requests to a given group, or a subgroup, or to a certain registered configured server, to upload registered configured servers for further import between all developers, for testing and administration.

It is also important to note the possibility of multi-editing:
This is image title
In SSMS, there is also a possibility of managing the Agent and designing databases through a database diagram. But the latter isn’t very user-friendly.

What is more, in SSMS, it is also possible to see active queries using Activity Monitor, but in general, it isn’t the best option to monitor a database and a database server.

Also, to monitor performance, you can use Profiler and Extended events in SSMS.

There are a bunch of other functions in SSMS, including the following:

  • data import and export
  • performance reports
  • database engine log shipping configuration and monitoring
  • configuring and monitoring AlwaysOn availability groups
  • configuring and monitoring query store
    and many more.

dbForge SQL Tools

dbForge SQL Tools is a multi-functional toolkit for SQL Server. The tools are useful for any Microsoft SQL Server developer because they are integrated into SSMS, expanding it with the missing functionality, to perform a lot of routine tasks. SQL Tools can be used to automate development and deploy databases with the help of dbForge DevOps Automation. The package includes:

  • SQL Complete, which is one of the most functional add-ins, used to write and format SQL queries in SSMS and VS. This utility has not only functions of SQL code IntelliSense, formatting, and refactoring, but also a huge number of useful features that simplify code writing, formatting, and refactoring. This add-in also integrates with Visual Studio, which is particularly convenient.
  • Source Control is a powerful SSMS add-in for managing SQL Server database changes via all popular source control systems.
  • Unit Test is a convenient GUI for unit automation in SSMS.
  • Schema Compare and Data Compare
  • an excellent Data Generator for generation SQL Server test data.
  • Documenter
  • Data Pump, which provides you with a convenient functionality for data export/import.
  • Index Manager, which is used for index optimization.
  • Query Builder allows users to visually build SQL queries of any complexity.
  • Search is used for a quick search for objects and data in the database.
  • Monitor for SQL Server has basic required functionality.
  • Event Profiler
  • SQL Decryptor

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Apart from this, the package includes dbForge DevOps Automation, whose functionality allows you to implement a comprehensive database continuous integration process for SQL Server. In this way, a user gets a full set of tools for database DevОps.

You can buy all tools from the package and install them separately, but experience has proven that buying the package will reduce the cost of the tools substantially.

Visual Studio Editor for SQL Server

Hand in hand with SSMS goes the powerful Visual Studio editor for SQL Server Database Project projects and other types of projects for databases and T-SQL scripts:
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Visual Studio is usually used for the following main functions:

  • Viewing and editing code and the database as a whole
  • Comparing database schemas and data, and making changes to the schema if necessary
  • Database schema export and import

Among the main disadvantages of SSMS as well as Visual Studio, are the following ones:

  1. They do not have all the necessary functions for development, testing, and administration

  2. Some of the capabilities, even if present, do not allow to perform all required tasks, and the process itself is very time-consuming.

There is also Visual Studio Code, which a cross-platform analogue of Visual Studio and which has only part of its functionality:
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dbForge Studio for SQL Server

Let us now look at the dbForge Studio for SQL Server editor:
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This solution is an alternative to SSMS, which complements and expands it. On top of that, this editor has well-implemented such important functions as:

  • Database Documenter
  • Database Schema Compare and Database Data Compare
  • Unit Test
  • Code Formatting
  • Source Control
  • Database Designer
  • Index Manager
  • Data Generator
  • Search
  • Monitor
  • Backup and Restore
  • Debugger
  • Query Profiler
  • Intellisense
    and lots more.

Unfortunately, for the present moment, dbForge Studio for SQL Server does not support multi-editing.

Notepad ++

We can not but mention a wonderful simplified and free editor which is Notepad++. You can use it to view and edit T-SQL scripts. The editor supports multiple programming languages:
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This editor is especially handy when a T-SQL query is too large and it has many thousands and dozens of thousands of code lines because SSMS can freeze even when it displays a big chunk of code. There are various extensions for Notepad++, the most frequently used ones are SQL code comparison and formatting. You can also search for files with the help of Notepad++.

We won’t name the drawbacks of Notepad++, as it is mainly used for reading and editing the content of a file, and also for searching for a fragment in files and comparing the contents of files.

DBeaver
One more free editor, DBeaver:
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There is a paid version as well.

This editor, among all other things, has useful functions such as:

  • Code formatting
  • Database design
  • Open Dashboard
  • Search
  • Transaction Log
    However, this editor does not support multi-editing and some other useful functions for development, testing, and administration.

ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools
Let’s now look at ApexSQL developer tools and ApexSQL DBA tools, which are plugged in SSMS and in Visual Studio:
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ApexSQL developer tools are designed for development and testing. It provides, among other things, the following functions:

  • Database schema and data comparison
  • SQL code formatting
  • Database documentation
  • Synthetic test data generation
  • Unit testing
  • Database design
  • Connecting to popular version control systems
  • Search for objects and data

ApexSQL DBA tools are designed for SQL Server administration. Among others, it provides the following functionality:

  • Index optimization
  • Backup and recovery
  • Reading transaction log

Together, ApexSQL developer tools and ApexSQL DBA tools, as well as dbForge SQL Tools, allow us to fully implement continuous integration and delivery processes and to organize ci/cd pipeline.

RedGate SQL Toolbelt
Let us now look at RedGate SQL Toolbelt:
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This tool is designed to develop, test, and administer databases. It provides, among other things, the following functions:

 1) Comparison of schemas and database data

 2) SQL Server monitoring

 3) Search

 4) Backup

 5) Documentation of databases

 6) Index Manager

 7) Analysis and formatting of the code

 8) Continuous integration and automatic deployment of SQL Server database

 9) Data generator

and much more.

As you can see, RedGate is the most expensive of all mentioned tools and it has a wide range of functionalities, but such competitive products as dbForge SQL Tools, ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools are constantly being improved, and new functionality is added to them. Therefore, today it is safe to say that such products as dbForge SQL Tools, ApexSQL Developer and DBA tools are on the level with, and in some cases even superior to RedGate, yet they are much cheaper.

SQL Server Monitoring Tools
At the end of the overview of the SQL Server tools, we will briefly go over the most popular systems for SQL Server monitoring.

Spotlight on SQL Server and Foglight for SQL Server
Let us start by looking at Spotlight on SQL Server
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This tool is quite rich in functionality for monitoring database servers and has, among others, the following functions:

  • collect basic characteristics of both the server and each database
  • fine-tuning alerts for each performance metric
  • several ready-made templates for performance metrics and alerts
  • a possibility to create user performance metrics
  • many convenient visual reports, including database growth rate reports
  • collection and analysis of heavy queries and their performance plans in the context of the total performance duration, of CPU performance, and of the number of the records, physical and logical reads
  • analysis of index fragmentation
  • a possibility to have a detailed look into every moment of time when the messages or alerts appeared, including details on queries and their performance plans (Playback)
    and a lot more

A more advanced solution for SQL Server monitoring is Foglight for SQL Server:
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Zabbix
Let us now look at Zabbix:
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This product for monitoring provides a wide range of performance metrics and their triggers, as well as templates for them, different graphics, dashboards, and a wide variety of functionality, most of which can be customized.

The monitor has one major drawback. Zabbix, unlike Spotlight on SQL Server, can’t show queries at the specific point in time. But Zabbix is an open-source solution that allows you to monitor much more than just a database server.

Prometheus
Let us now consider Prometheus:
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Prometheus is usually used with the client side of Grafana.

Grafana can also be used for Zabbix, but the latter has a built-in customizable client side view to display the results in the form of dashboards and graphs.

Prometheus and Zabbix work fine for SQL Server monitoring and they fully cover the needs for monitoring databases and servers without giving details of queries in chronological order. Zabbix can be used without Grafana, so it can be deployed and set up faster than other solutions. However, Prometheus is much more modular and extendable than Zabbix.

Conclusion
The main tools for working with SQL Server databases are:

  • SSMS

  • Visual Studio
    They can be extended by third-party plugins to cover all development, testing and administration needs:

  • dbForge SQL Tools

  • ApexSQL developer tools и ApexSQL DBA tools

  • RedGate SQL Toolbelt
    or other similar systems.

These solutions also allow us to fully support the DevOps process.

To monitor database servers, I usually use the following systems:

  • Zabbix
  • Prometheus и Grafana
    or other similar systems.

To monitor queries and query history, the following tools are often used:

  • Spotlight on SQL Server
  • Foglight for SQL Server
  • SQL Server Query Store
    or other similar systems.

There are also a number of additional tools that partially or completely replace SSMS depending on the tasks that are solved, working with SQL Server:

  • dbForge Studio for SQL Server
  • Visual Studio Code
  • DBeaver
    The Notepad++ editor is handy when editing content, searching, or comparing very large files.

Originally posted at https://codingsight.com/best-sql-tools-for-database-developers-and-administrators/
Author Evgeniy Gribkov

#sql-server #database #sql #gui #tools #developer

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What is SQL? And Where is it Used?

Define: SQL [pron. “sequel”] – stands for Structured Query Language (SQL), used by databases to model and manage tabular/relational datasets; a set of standardized Data Definition Language (DDL) functions to create tables, views, and define relational schema models, and Data Manipulation Language (DML) to query, insert, and modify data in the tables.

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System Databases in SQL Server

Introduction

In SSMS, we many of may noticed System Databases under the Database Folder. But how many of us knows its purpose?. In this article lets discuss about the System Databases in SQL Server.

System Database

Fig. 1 System Databases

There are five system databases, these databases are created while installing SQL Server.

  • Master
  • Model
  • MSDB
  • Tempdb
  • Resource
Master
  • This database contains all the System level Information in SQL Server. The Information in form of Meta data.
  • Because of this master database, we are able to access the SQL Server (On premise SQL Server)
Model
  • This database is used as a template for new databases.
  • Whenever a new database is created, initially a copy of model database is what created as new database.
MSDB
  • This database is where a service called SQL Server Agent stores its data.
  • SQL server Agent is in charge of automation, which includes entities such as jobs, schedules, and alerts.
TempDB
  • The Tempdb is where SQL Server stores temporary data such as work tables, sort space, row versioning information and etc.
  • User can create their own version of temporary tables and those are stored in Tempdb.
  • But this database is destroyed and recreated every time when we restart the instance of SQL Server.
Resource
  • The resource database is a hidden, read only database that holds the definitions of all system objects.
  • When we query system object in a database, they appear to reside in the sys schema of the local database, but in actually their definitions reside in the resource db.

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