This guy looks just like me a few weeks ago only one difference…..he has hair!!! Okay seriously though, I felt just like this guy not long ago and the reason for this was due to the fact I have become accustomed to specific tools and utilities that I utilize on a daily basis. Is this a good thing, eh, maybe or maybe not but end of the day I like to be efficient, dynamically nimble (if that is an expression), and in control of what my work entails daily.
Now, leading up to this extraordinary blog post you have to understand something. I’m in a RedGate shop pampered with some very nice utilities at my disposal. One such utility is their SQL Prompt utility.
One of the nice features I like about the utility is the recover tab within SSMS that shows me past history of tabs I had open within SQL. Can I tell you how many times this has come in handy? If that doesn’t meet your fancy then how about the code snippets that you can save and reuse later, or maybe the nice IntelliSense it provides while coding.
This leads me into why I looked like our Data Professional up above…..I recently was without my SQL Prompt and you thought I’d been taken back to the stone ages. I went to type out some code and low and behold nothing, I got NOTHING. No tables popping up; no columns to review…..nothing. After the sheer shock and awe subsided I knew I was in for a long day. Needless to say it didn’t take me long to figure out what went wrong with my prompt and how to get it back.
What’s this mean for you guys who are reading this? Glad you asked.
Red Gate’s new version is out so go check it out. Some of the new enhancements are noted below:
- Execute current statement
- Insert semicolons
- Code highlighting
- Use object definition case
- Rename variables and aliases
- Suggestions improvements
- Qualify object names improvements
- Remove square brackets
- Nullability of columns
- Choose environments to install to
- New formatting options
- New tab history options
- Improved loading dialog box
- Support for restricted accounts
- Various usability improvements
- Many bug fixes
So download the free trial and test drive it; what do you have to lose? Maybe you’ll like it and maybe you won’t but don’t wait and let time go by when you could be becoming more efficient in your everyday work.
If you use the product already drop me a line; if you don’t use the product then tell me why not.