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SQL Azure Query Tool– Part 4–Hannsens SQL Azure Manager

May 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Hannssens’ SQL Azure Manager is a lightweight tool for managing SQL Azure databases.

Its still in Alpha release since 25-Aug-2009 and built on .Net Framework 3.5 and available as ClickOnce installer from the below link

http://hanssens.org/tools/sqlazuremanager/

Step 1: Click “Run” to install the application and Run

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Step 2: To login to SQL Azure server, specify the Server Name, Username and password and click on “Connect”

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Step 3: In Main screen toolbar, you have the option to switch between databases, you can pick the database which you want to work

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Based on the database you selected, the Object Explorer will be refreshed and display the Tables and Views, you can also use “Refresh” option in toolbar to manually refresh as well.

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For Tables and View, you have the following 3 options available under Context menu

1. Select Top 100 Records

2. Select All Records

3. Delete the table

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Step 4: You can write and run your queries on the Right Side Query pane, the results will be displayed in Grid format, There is no Text format support or messages pane, Error messages will be displayed as Message Popup

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Step 5: To Create a new database, click “New Database” option in Toolbar and then specify the Database name and click “Ok”

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Step 6: To delete a database, click “Delete Database” in toolbar and then click “Yes” to confirm

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Missing Feature:

1. No Message Pane

2. No option to view / Modify or Create Stored Procedures / Functions / Triggers using User Interface

Conclusion:

There are no new releases in last 2 years and  the code was not released to Code Plex or Source Forge, so I am not sure about the future releases of this product.

Its also unstable and crashes.

User Interface is lightweight and nice and fast. It would be good, if they continue the development or release the code under CodePlex or other Open Source community