Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sql Tools - Profiler and SqlCommand

[This was originally posted at http://timstall.dotnetdevelopersjournal.com/sql_tools__profiler_and_sqlcommand.htm]

Everyone knows how to use SQL Management Studio, but there are two other useful tools that SQL Server 2005 has.

  • SQL Profiler - This lets you profile the SQL Server calls. It's very effective to determine what page is making which calls (and how long those calls take). It's much easier to just run profiler, as opposed to stepping through all the code to find what SP gets triggered when you click Button X.
  • SqlCmd - This is the command line for SQL Server (replaces osql for SQL 2000). It's useful when you need to Automate, or don't want the full SQL GUI installed (such as when you have limited space on a build server).

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