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Is there any recommended plugin for SQL server 2008 to use when you are working as database administration, Business Intelligence developer or Database developer?

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closed as not constructive by gbn, jcolebrand Mar 12 '12 at 15:05

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possible duplicate of Recommended tools for SQL Server Developers & DBA – gbn Mar 11 '12 at 12:22
Every developer finds their own set of tools to be most helpful, and while it's great to see some lists like this, they really don't have a home here. Sorry lads. Now, if you wanna start writing a column on BlogOverflow every so often for the site for new tools that you've found that help the community, come on with 'em. – jcolebrand Mar 12 '12 at 15:06
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Disclaimer: I work for SQL Sentry, who produces Plan Explorer as a free tool to the community.

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Sentry Plan Explorer has been a life saver more than once, great product. Tools Pack is an essential add-in for SSMS – RateControl Mar 11 '12 at 1:38

I have written SSMSBoost add-in (

I develop databases since SQL Server 6.5 and like clear and quick interface of SSMS, but it definitely lacks some productivity features - so that motivated me to improve it.

Here is a list of features:

  • Script object located at cursor position directly from SQL Editor. Shortcut:[F2]
  • Locate object: quickly find object located at cursor position in object explorer. Shortcut:[Ctrl-F2]
  • Track current database in ObjectExplorer permanently
  • Locate current database in ObjectExplorer
  • Search for objects using wildcards
  • QuickConnection Switch combobox on SSMSBoost toolbar allows switching connection in SQLEditor
  • Preferred connections management: "remember" frequently used server/databases, quickly swith between them
  • Shortcuts editor - feature, that is missing in SSMS2008, but is coming in SSMS2012
  • Define macros with existing commands
  • Auto replacements
  • Connection coloring - in more useful way
  • Server aliases in quick connection switch combobox

SSMS2012 support is coming. I will always release "community" edition in some days, that will be functional after trial period, but with some small limitations.

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Although your answer is somewhat relevant to the OP's question, you're punting a commercial product. That's really pushing the edges of outright spam here. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Mar 12 '12 at 14:45
ok, sorry. I am preparing free edition now ;) – Andrei Rantsevich Mar 19 '12 at 15:40

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