# Friday, October 9, 2009

Here is a another pretty cool find for managing SQL Azure databases. The SQL Azure Explorer for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is a neat little add-in that allows you to explore your SQL Azure databases as well as run SQL statements.

Once you have the tool installed, just fire up Visual Studio Beta 1 (I assume when Beta 2 ships the tool will be updated) and you can access the tool from the Tools|SQL Azure Explorer menu option. You have to provide your SQL Azure login credentials (you may have to put as the login your username@servername)

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After you have logged in, you will see the Object Explorer tree. You can drill into the database objects or select the top 100 rows of a table or view.

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You can also right click on the database and say “Open SQL Editor” and type in SQL Statements against your SQL Azure database.

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If you are using Visual Studio 2010 beta 1 and spend a lot of time in Visual Studio, you may want to give the SQL Azure Explorer a try since you won’t have to leave Visual Studio.

Enjoy!

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