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David Atkinson April 2012 Entries
SQL Server source control from Visual Studio
Developers have long since had to context switch between two IDEs, Visual Studio for application code development and SQL Server Management Studio for database development. While this is accepted, especially given the richness of the database development feature set in SSMS, loading a separate tool can seem a little overkill. This is where SQL Connect comes in. This is an add-in to Visual Studio that provides a connected development experience for the SQL Server developer. Connected database development ......

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2012 12:27 PM

How the “migrations” approach makes database continuous integration possible
Testing a database upgrade script as part of a continuous integration process will only work if there is an easy way to automate the generation of the upgrade scripts. There are two common approaches to managing upgrade scripts. The first is to maintain a set of scripts as-you-go-along. Many SQL developers I’ve encountered will store these in a folder prefixed numerically to ensure they are ordered as they are intended to be run. Occasionally there is an accompanying document or a batch file that ......

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2012 2:03 PM

Database continuous integration step by step
This post will describe how to set up basic database continuous integration using TeamCity to initiate the build process, SQL Source Control to put your database under source control, and the SQL Compare command line to keep a test database up to date. In my example I will be using Subversion as my source control repository. If you wish to follow my steps verbatim, please make sure you have TortoiseSVN, SQL Compare and SQL Source Control installed. Downloading and Installing TeamCity TeamCity ( ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:18 PM

Ever wondered what the Object Explorer Details window is for?
Typically, when I install SQL Server Management Studio and run it for the first time, the first thing I do is to close the Object Explorer Details window. After all, it doesn’t seem to serve a useful purpose, duplicating information that already exists in the Object Explorer. However, I have discovered that it has one important redeeming capability, the ability to allow multi-selection by holding the ctrl or shift key depressed during the selection. Why is this useful? If I want to rename an object, ......

Posted On Monday, April 23, 2012 5:06 PM

Free tool to format your SQL code
There are a number of free T-SQL prettifiers out there, covering both code layout and syntax highlighting, but Format SQL is different in that it leverages the engine that powers SQL Prompt, the popular add-in that extends SQL Server Management Studio for SQL developers and DBAs. Simply type or paste T-SQL into the top text area, and it formats your SQL on the fly in the lower text area. This was developed by a small team at Red Gate during Down Tools Week, a quarterly occurrence, where everyone ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:56 PM

How to build a database from source control
If your organization has continuous integration in place, it will most likely contain a build step in which your latest application source code gets pulled from source control, compiled, and optionally subjected to a various tests. If you’re a Microsoft shop, chances are that your application works alongside an instance of SQL Server. SQL Source Control allows you to put your schema objects in source control by maintaining a set of per-object creation scripts representing in your existing version ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2012 6:18 PM

Installing NAnt to drive database continuous integration
Before we start thinking about database continuous integration, described in an earlier blog post, we need to pick a build tool in which we define the commands for our build process. NAnt is a .NET version of Ant, a tool to drive build processes. Like MSBuild, Microsoft’s equivalent, NAnt build scripts can be driven by continuous automation tools, such as TeamCity, CruiseControl, Bamboo and many others. Yes, it would be possible to drive your scripts with DOS batch files or PowerShell, but NAnt specializes ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2012 2:08 PM

Using a SQL Prompt snippet with template parameters
As part of my product management role I regularly attend trade shows and man the Red Gate booth in the vendor exhibition hall. Amongst other things this involves giving product demos to customers. Our latest demo involves SQL Source Control and SQL Test in a continuous integration environment. In order to demonstrate quite how easy it is to set up our tools from scratch we start the demo by creating an entirely new database to link to source control, using an individual database name for each conference ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:46 AM

What is Database Continuous Integration?
Although not everyone is practicing continuous integration, many have at least heard of the concept. A recent poll on indicates that 40% of respondents are employing the technique. It is widely accepted that the earlier issues are identified in the development process, the lower the cost to the development process. The worst case scenario, of course, is for the bug to be found by the customer following the product release. A number of Agile development best practices have evolved ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:38 AM

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