Tuesday, February 27, 2024

SQL Server

How to Check if a Database Exists in SQL Server

Let us examine the common use case of comparing and synchronizing databases that involve checking if the specific database exists in SQL Server.

Best SQL Server GUI Tools for Database Management

In this review, we will explore some of the most beneficial and user-friendly GUI solutions for SQL Server databases tailored for macOS users.

SQL Database Design Basics With Examples

Discover how to populate a database with data by means of Data Generator for SQL Server, and search for database data and objects with the free dbForge Search tool. I will use dbForge Studio for SQL Server to implement charts for my examples, and dbForge Data Pump to import and export data.

Data Import and Export: BCP Utility vs dbForge Studio for SQL Server

The preconditions for easy and versatile import and export are rather simple. First, you need to have quite a few data formats to deal with, a dozen or so. Second, you need to tailor each operation to your needs with a selection of flexible settings. Third, you most certainly wouldn't mind automating your recurring tasks.

Mastering SQL Server Decryption With dbForge SQL Decryptor

It's crucial to have tools that can both encrypt and decrypt database objects and data effectively. One such tool is dbForge SQL Decryptor, a free and straightforward solution designed to decrypt various database objects in SQL Server.

Elevating SQL Server Database Management With System-Versioned Temporal Tables and dbForge Studio

Let’s delve into the system-versioned tables in SQL Server. We will examine their characteristics, the process of creating these tables, and querying them effectively.

SQL Server Transaction Log Analysis

This article explores various methods to view and analyze transaction logs, including SQL Server's native capabilities and third-party graphical user interface (GUI) solutions.

What Is AWS RDS? Key Features, Advantages, and Connection Guide

This article examines Amazon RDS, exploring its unique features and benefits, and offering a guide to connect to databases in Amazon RDS with dbForge tools.

What Is SQL Server? Versions, Editions, Architecture, and Services

SQL Server is a dominant database management system (DBMS) used by various organizations throughout the world. This article presents a detailed overview of its...

Mastering SQL Views and Materialized Views for Optimal Database Management

The article covers fundamental aspects of SQL views and materialized views, delving into ownership prerequisites, permission considerations, and various use cases.

Empower Yourself with the Latest SSMS 19.2 and dbForge SQL Tools!

On November 13, 2023, Microsoft's new SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 19.2 saw the light of day. It's the IDE you will definitely need if you are dealing with the most modern versions of SQL Server.

Attach SQL Server 2005 .mdf/.ldf Files to 2019 Using dbForge Studio

Migrating databases from older versions to the most recent version of SQL Server is a common and crucial task in the world of database management. This process needs to be executed meticulously and with the right tools to guarantee accurate results.

Understanding and Implementing Foreign Keys in SQL Server

Managing foreign keys in SQL Server is a critical aspect of database design and maintenance. This article provides a comprehensive guide, covering everything from the creation of foreign keys to effective troubleshooting of any potential issues that may arise during the process.

How to Connect to SQL Server in Delphi with Devart SDAC

We will walk you through the process of connecting to SQL Server using Devart SDAC, including installation and examples of how to interact with the components.

New in Delphi DAC: Support for RAD Studio 12, new versions of SQL Server, Oracle, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL

Devart Delphi Data Access Components line of products has received a significant update, making it even more compatible with the new database versions.

How to Create Images with Microsoft Designer and Import Them into SQL Server Databases Using dbForge Studio

Microsoft Designer is a web-based, AI-powered graphic tool that helps create variegated visuals in a nearly effortless way. Let's see how to generate images with its help and import them into SQL Server databases using dbForge Studio.


Embark on a journey to unlock the full potential of your SQL queries with the combined might of the GENERATE_SERIES function and dbForge SQL Complete. In this article, we'll delve into the intricacies of GENERATE_SERIES, unveiling its capabilities and demonstrating how it can revolutionize your data manipulation endeavors.

How to Connect to Oracle in Delphi with Devart ODAC

This article will explore how to connect to Oracle in Delphi using the Devart ODAC library. We'll cover the installation of Devart ODAC, provide concrete examples of its usage, and even compare it to FireDAC.

How to Connect to MySQL in Delphi with MyDAC: A Comprehensive Guide

We will provide step-by-step instructions on installing MyDAC, demonstrate its usage with practical examples, and compare it with FireDAC to highlight its advantages.

Unlocking the Power of SQL Approximate Interpolation Functions

In SQL Server, the recently added APPROX_PERCENTILE_CONT and APPROX_PERCENTILE_DISC functions utilize interpolation. This article will delve into the basics of interpolation and real-world uses of the APPROX_PERCENTILE_CONT and APPROX_PERCENTILE_DISC functions within SQL Server databases.

Unlocking the Power of SQLCMD in the SSMS Query Editor

In today's data-driven age, tools that allow for efficient database management and querying are indispensable. One such powerful tool is SQLCMD, a command-line utility that comes bundled with SQL Server. But did you know that you can unleash the might of SQLCMD right within the familiar SQL Server Management Studio's (SSMS) Query Editor?

Using Bitmasks for Efficient Data Filtering

In the competitive world of database management, every bit—literally—counts when it comes to efficiency. That's where bitmasking comes into play, a resourceful technique that offers a smart solution for SQL Server administrators and developers.

Automating Bulk Data Import from MS Access to SQL Server

In the article, you'll learn how to automate the bulk data import from MS Access to SQL Server using dbForge Data Pump and PowerShell command-line.

Git Checkout and dbForge Source Control – Comprehensive Guide

An essential feature in Git is the ability to work in independent branches. Switching between these branches is made easy with the 'git checkout' command.

Understanding Pull Requests, Merge Requests, and dbForge Source Control for SQL Server

Read on to learn the difference between merge and pull requests and explore how to version-control SQL Server databases using dbForge Source Control.

Get the Latest Maintenance Update of dbForge Edge!

Here comes a new maintenance update of dbForge Edge, which delivers support for MySQL 8.1, Oracle Database 23c, and PostgreSQL 16. Make sure you don't miss it!

Create and Connect to an Azure SQL Database on Heroku: A Step-By-Step Guide

In today's digital landscape characterized by rapid technological advancements and a multitude of innovative solutions, the seamless integration of diverse platforms is paramount for efficient application development. This guide delves into the process of creating and connecting an Azure SQL Database on the Heroku platform, offering step-by-step instructions and insights to help you bridge the gap between two powerful cloud services.

Unlocking the Power of Bit Manipulation Functions

In this article, we are going to delve into the realm of the Bit Manipulation Functions, the innovation of SQL Server 2022, both in theory and practical application. To be more precise, we will explore how to use bit manipulation functions in the new release version of Devart products.

How to Recover Recently Closed Tabs in SSMS Using SQL Complete

In this article, we will explore how to recover recently closed tabs and documents using built-in features of SSMS as well as third-party solutions like dbForge SQL Complete.

How to Export Data from Azure SQL Database

If you are a user of Azure SQL Database, you don't have all that many ways of exporting your data. Here, we'll show you all of them and save the best for last.

Primary Keys in SQL Server – Definition, Syntax, Examples

A primary key is a unique identifier for each record within a table that prevents duplicate values and allows for efficient data retrieval and manipulation. As such, a primary key is one of the fundamental elements of the database design. In this article, we'll explore the specifics of the primary key in SQL Server, discussing its types and usage.

Simplify Your Cross-Database Data Import with dbForge Edge

Microsoft Access is a rather popular relational database system, which nevertheless has a slew of considerable limitations. And if your business requirements grow beyond these limitations, you will need a more advanced solution like Microsoft SQL Server, and your migration from Access to SQL Server will begin with data transfers. This is what we are going to explore in this article.

How to Use OPENQUERY in SQL Server

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that our dbForge tools now support SQL OPENQUERY, a powerful feature introduced in SQL Server 2022. With this integration, our users can take full advantage of this feature's capabilities, enabling seamless execution of queries on remote data sources directly from our tools.

Release: SSIS Data Flow Components Update – ver. 2.1

We are pleased to announce the release of the long-awaited update for SQL Server Integration Services Data Flow components (SSIS), version 2.1. SSIS is...

SQL Aliases: Improving Query Efficiency and Clarity

SQL column aliases are the secret to clearer code and more user-friendly query results. Assigning custom names to database objects in SQL scripts results in improved readability and valuable insights into data. In this article, we'll explore the power of SQL aliases, their practical applications, and the benefits they bring to database management and reporting.

Mastering IF THEN Logic in SQL Server

Exploring the advanced usage of IF-THEN statements and understanding how dbForge Studio SQL Server aids in handling these tasks will be the main focus of this article.

The Role and Impact of SET NOCOUNT in SQL Server

In the article, we explore the role and importance of SET NOCOUNT in SQL Server, discussing how it reduces the processing load on the client and improves query execution time. Additionally, we examine scenarios where using SET NOCOUNT OFF becomes necessary and highlight potential issues that can arise when SET NOCOUNT is not utilized.

Here Comes a New Update of dbForge Tools for SQL Server!

Recently, we have rolled out extensive updates of our product lines for MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL databases. But what if you are a SQL Server user? Well, you don't need to worry. dbForge tools for SQL Server didn't escape our attention.

Complete Guide to SQL Server Concatenation

In this article, we will explore the fundamentals of SQL Server concatenation, delve into different techniques for concatenating strings, and uncover advanced concepts that can take your string manipulation capabilities to the next level.

How dbForge Schema Compare Helped the DevOps Engineers Resolve Their Work Challenges in Complex Environments  

Addressing work challenges in SQL Server database development and deployment: a case study of DevOps engineers from a financial services company.

Data Versus Metadata: An In-Depth Exploration

In today's data-centric society, the quantity and diversity of information are expanding at an unprecedented pace. From social media interactions and financial transactions to scientific research and industrial operations, vast amounts of data are being generated every second. However, amidst this ever-growing sea of data, a crucial distinction must be made between the raw data itself and the underlying metadata that accompanies it.

How to Convert a Microsoft Access Database to a SQL Server Database

In this article, we will provide you with a screenshot-infused step-by-step tutorial on how to convert a Microsoft Access database to SQL Server using dbForge Studio for SQL Server.

Overcoming the Challenges of SQL Server Version Upgrades and Downgrades With dbForge Compare Bundle

Navigating the process of SQL Server version upgrades and downgrades can be a daunting task, often accompanied by various challenges and complexities. However, with the assistance of the dbForge Compare Bundle, businesses can overcome these hurdles and streamline the upgrade process.

CREATE TABLE in SQL Server – Guide With Examples

Creating a table is the core of the database design and one of the fundamental skills for all database professionals. This article will review default methods of creating tables on Microsoft's SQL Server.

How GPT Chat Can Help You Generate CRUD Procedures for SQL Server Tables

In today's technological landscape, artificial intelligence has carved a significant niche for itself, offering unparalleled assistance in numerous domains. One such domain is database development, where the AI model, such as ChatGPT, has been gaining increasing recognition.

Champs Recap: Award-Winning dbForge Database Solutions in Q1 2023

Now that Q1 2023 is over, it's time to deliver our traditional champs recap and showcase the awards and badges garnered by dbForge solutions on independent review platforms over this period.

SQL Server vs MySQL: Difference, Performance, and Features

In the ever-evolving world of database management systems, SQL Server and MySQL stand as two of the most popular and widely-used solutions. Both platforms offer robust features and reliable performance, but which one is the right choice for your needs?

How ChatGPT Can Help Database Developers Write Unit Tests for SQL Server

We have already explored the capabilities of the much-hyped ChatGPT in terms of writing SQL JOIN queries and retrieving data from MySQL databases. Now the time has come to take one more step further and scrutinize a more narrow-focused yet crucial topic for database developers—unit testing. We'll see how ChatGPT fares when it comes to writing unit tests for various database objects.

How a Data Engineer Streamlined His Team’s Operations Using dbForge SQL Tools

Recently, we've explored the case when dbForge SQL Complete was adopted by a group of SQL developers working under the banner of a tech company and seeking to get their routine coding done faster. Our today's case dwells on the same idea—but the difference is that this time we'll be dealing with a company of a much larger scale.

How dbForge SQL Complete Enhanced the Collaboration Within Two Development Teams at a Finland-Headquartered Tech Company

It is always interesting to explore a case where dbForge tools are used in a collaborative process. Take SQL Complete, for instance. It was created to make individual SQL developers exceptionally productive and help them write error-free code much faster.