What Can Red Gate SQL Prompt Do?
performs all of the functions mentioned above in the Microsoft IntelliSense
section, and more.
- Wildcard Expansion of Columns
This is similar to the Quick
Info feature described above but so much better. Rather than popping up a
control tip box with a list of existing columns, SQL Prompt will expand the
"star" to an actual list of columns embedded in your SELECT statement. So if I
wanted 15 columns out of 20 available in the table, I'd just type SELECT * FROM
MyTable, put the cursor at the * and press the TAB button. This action
replaces the "*" with the column list, one column name per line.
- Column Picker
The column picker has been
around since the beginning and though I haven't used it much, it's a great
feature for those who are used to seeing this sort of interface in the SQL
Server Query Window. It's basically an alternative to the process described above.
Rather than striking TAB to auto-load a list of ALL columns, you simply check
off the columns you wish to put in place of the "star". (See screen shot
- View Schema Information
When you type in a few
letters, a List Members box opens up, as with the SQL Server 2008 tool, but as
you highlight an object name, another window flys out with the script for that
object. So in one of my databases I'm able to type p_Com in the query window
and SQL Prompt opens a list with the proc's full name. Another window then
flys out with the script for that proc. I press a COPY button and I can paste
the script in the window and work on the proc. (See screen shot below).
The alternative to this is
to execute SP_HELPTEXT with the full name of the proc, highlight the results
(if sent to grid because it often doesn't work when sent to text), copy the
text with a Ctl+C and then paste it into the query window. Not that many more
steps, but if it's something you do 20-30 times a day, you'll notice the
difference. (See screen shot below).
- Create and Load Snippets
This is the feature I can't
live without and it doesn't exist in SQL Server 2008 Management Studio. SQL
Prompt has, from the beginning, supplied a list of "snippets" that may be
loaded into the query window by simply typing the first few characters of the
snippet name and pressing TAB. SQL Prompt comes preloaded with a number of
useful scripts in the Snippet library.
You can also add your own snippets and they will become available as well.
With version 4.0 the management of snippets has changed and they are now saved
as files, which may be backed up and shared with others. If another user has a
snippet to share, they simply send it to you and you place the snippet file
into the default folder for snippets. Voillia . it's now available.
- Format SQL Code (pro edition
Another feature I love is
the automatic formatting of my SQL code. Call me anal if you must, but I like
it when all keywords are capitalized but I don't like to have to reach for the
SHIFT key. With this feature, I don't have to, and it's another little thing I
miss when using SQL Server 2008 tools. You can also define how you want your
SQL statements formatted, where line breaks occur and things like whether to
include spaces after commas and on either side of an equals sign. There are
many other options settings for line formatting, enough to meet just about
anyone's idea of how their T-SQL should look.
options settings in SQL Server 2008 are virtually nonexistent compared to what
is available in SQL Prompt. You're given the ability to do things like control
the list behavior, hide system objects, default column matching on joined
tables and many, many more options.
some screen shots of benefits of SQL Prompt described above. There are really
so very many options and features, an exhaustive article would be difficult to
write and probably boring to read. The full description of what the product
does is, of course, at the Red Gate web