9 best tools for working with Microsoft SQL Server

AZURE DATA STUDIO

Main features

  • Free Cross-platform
  • Tool (Windows, Linux, macOS support)
  • SQL Developer Orientation
  • Advanced SQL Editor (IntelliSense technology, SQL code fragments)
  • Extensibility (built-in extension support)
  • Work with other DBMS
  • Built-in ability to upload data in Excel, XML, JSON format, CSV
  • Grouping of Server Connections
  • Data visualization with charts and graphs Support for several color themes
  • Built-in terminal (Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd)
  • Notebooks

Shortcomings

  • No table constructor
  • No functionality to work with object properties
  • No security management capability
  • No DACPAC import and export capability
  • No functionality for most administration tasks

SQL SERVER MANAGEMENT STUDIO

Main features

  • Wednesday is free
  • The environment has full functionality for working with Microsoft SQL Server
  • Suitable for both developers and database administrators

Shortcomings

  • The environment is implemented only on Windows
  • Most of the functionality is not required by ordinary developers or administrators
  • The tool is heavy enough

SQL SERVER DATA TOOLS

Main features

  • Integrated in Visual Studio
  • Familiar Visual Studio interface and functionality
  • Focus on database development
  • Coverage of all stages of database development You can work with both a database project and a connected database instance.
  • GUI Table Builder
  • Navigation by code
  • IntelliSense Technology
  • Reassembly and debugging
  • Database refactoring
  • Declarative changes in the Transact-SQL editor

Shortcomings

  • The tool is implemented only under Windows
  • The tool cannot be used without Visual Studio
  • Not suitable for easy writing, editing and execution of SQL queries
  • Not suitable for SQL Server administration

THE MSSQL EXTENSION FOR VISUAL STUDIO CODE

Main features

  • The tool is free
  • Integrated into Visual Studio Code
  • Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS support)
  • T-SQL code development orientation
  • Advanced SQL Editor (IntelliSense technology, SQL code fragments)
  • Built-in ability to upload data in Excel, JSON, CSV format

Shortcomings

  • No functionality for database and SQL server administration.
  • No table constructor available.
  • No functionality for working with object properties
  • There is no security management capability
  • No possibility of DACPAC import and export
  • The tool cannot be used without Visual Studio Code

DBFORGE STUDIO FOR SQL SERVER

Main features

  • Advanced SQL editor (autocompletion, code templates, formatting)
  • Version control
  • Creating queries and tables in graphical constructor
  • Graphical data editor (the resulting data set can be edited)
  • Database diagram
  • T-SQL code debugger
  • Request profiler as well as server event profiler
  • Ability to compare schemes and data
  • Data Generator
  • Documenting tools
  • Built-in data import and export in Excel, XML, JSON, TXT, DBF, CSV, PDF format
  • Database administration
  • Data reports
  • Linked Table Viewer

Shortcomings

  • The tool is paid
  • The tool is implemented only under Windows
  • Some of the functionality is not required by ordinary developers or administrators

NAVICAT FOR SQL SERVER

Main features

  • Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS support)
  • Advanced SQL editor (code autocompletion, code fragments)
  • Object Designer
  • Ability to compare and synchronize data in databases
  • Built-in data design and simulation capability
  • Data visualization with charts and graphs
  • Built-in data import and export in Excel, XML, JSON, TXT, DBF, CSV format
  • Theme dark mode

Shortcomings

  • The tool is paid

EMS SQL MANAGEMENT STUDIO FOR SQL SERVER

Main features

  • Create queries in visual editor
  • Data Generator
  • Built-in data import and export in Excel, XML, JSON, TXT, DBF, CSV, PDF format
  • Ability to compare and synchronize data in databases
  • Database administration

Shortcomings

  • The tool is paid
  • The tool is implemented only under Windows

DATAGRIP

Main features

  • Advanced SQL Editor
  • Working with multiple DBMS
  • Support for diagrams
  • Tabular Data Editor
  • Colour schemes
  • Code Generator

Shortcomings

  • The tool is paid
  • Not oriented towards Microsoft SQL Server (the tool is intended for many DBMS)

SQLCMD

Main features

  • Standard and free tool
  • Task orientation

Shortcomings

  • The tool is implemented only under Windows
  • No graphical interface.
  • Limited functionality
  • There are no advanced options.

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