# Wednesday, October 7, 2009

As I showed on this blog a few weeks ago, SQL Server Management Studio support for SQL Azure leaves a lot to be desired. No changing databases, no object explorer, and no easy way to connect. Good thing that Maarten Balliauw and Juliën Hanssens built the SQL Azure manager. It is available here. It is listed as a proof of concept and “highly unstable” but after a few days of playing around with it, I have encountered almost no problems. The tool is available only as a click once application that runs online with no install, so you can try it out risk free.

Maarten and Julien describe the tool as: SQL Azure Manager is a community effort to quickly enable connecting to your SQL Azure database(s) and perform basic tasks…

That is an understatement, the tool is great and saves lots of time. After the brief install, I was promoted with the login screen and I put in my login credentials and was off to the races.


The first thing you notice is that out of the box we have two much needed features, the ability to change databases and a full fledged object explorer. You can expand to see Tables and Views, but not Stored Procedures.


I have a stored procedure in this database and can’t see it in the Object Explorer, so I decided to make my fist query a simple one:

select * from sys.objects
Where type='P'

A pretty awesome feature is that you can hit F5 just like you would in SSMS and get the results as you can see here. I was able to write several TSQL queries and browse the results without any problem. When you right click on a table it will give you the option to Select the top 100, Select All, or delete the object. Pretty cool.


Another cool feature is that you can drag a column up to the top to automatically sort. Here I sort by City in the Customers table.


My only issue was that after a while, the tool times out, I suspect that this is a SQL Azure thing.

The tool makes it very easy to delete objects and databases as well as create new database. (Careful with the delete database feature!!!)

While this is a 0.1.7 release, it is worth playing with. It will save you lots of time when managing your SQL Azure databases. The roadmap to a 1.0 release is to convert to WPF, move the app to codeplex, and make it more stable.

Thanks to my colleague Aditya Pendharkar at Telerik for finding this gem of a tool.

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