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I was thinking what tools are recommended for SQL Server Developer & DBAs? The list can comprise of free & paid tools which could be helpful to any SQL Server Guy (Developer/DBA).

The tool list can range from data generators to backup tools. Tools that can help increase productivity to those who can help us writing queries effectively.

Apology if this is a duplicate. I did search before posting it.


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WhoIsActive by Adam Machanic – Paul White Jan 17 '12 at 14:20
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Try this tool for SQL Server Physical models. Info can be found here... or here... – Carter Feb 13 '14 at 3:16

In addition to "stock" SSMS and BIDS..


Paid for:

  • Red Gate Compare suite (there are alternatives)
  • Red Gate SQL Prompt
  • Red Gate Source Control
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Ola Hallengren's SQL Server Backup, Integrity Check, and Index and Statistics Maintenance tools.

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Or SQL Fool's similar script. Good point: why re-invent the wheel? – gbn Jan 17 '12 at 15:03

Here's a short-list of things that I use almost every day:

  • SQL Server Management Studio (should be obvious, but I did want to be clear)
  • Visio or Dia (for data modeling)
  • SQL Server Business Intelligence Dev Studio (for writing SSIS packages)
  • Excel (most business-side folks appreciate reports in Excel over plain text)
  • Redgate SQL Tools (quickly compare and sync schemas and tables)
  • Notepad++

I'm sure others will have more.

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  • Various RedGate tools (sync, search, backup, ... really like them)
  • Quest Spotlight for Sql Server Enterprise (very expensive)
  • Sql Sentry
  • Galaxy backup
  • Native sql server tools (Studios)
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Aside from the standard stuff delivered with MSFT SQL Server:

  • Sublime Text 2
  • MSFT Visio Professional (export E-R Diagram to SQL Script)
  • Dropbox
  • MSFT TFS or SourceSafe (works with BI projects too!)
  • Wing IDE for Python (personally I prefer scripting DB tasks in Python over PowerShell)
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I rather like SQL Pretty Printer for SSMS.

It doesn't format things 100% identically to how I would, but it certainly makes the awful 3rd-party code I have to debug a hell of a lot more readable.

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Aside the excellent tools pointed by others, one that deserves mentions is SQLDBX.

Their pivoting grid and other features makes it a permanent presence in my pendrives (yeah, it works really good portable) and work machines.

And those still using SSMS 2005 or Query Analiser will love the code completion (Intellisense in VS dialect) for not only MSSQL, but also DB2, Informix and a few others.

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