How to build a “smart” SQL Server Data dictionary

In the article, “What is a data dictionary and why would I want to build one?” a data dictionary was described and compared to other alternatives to documenting, auditing and versioning a database. The article also described the difference between a Dumb and a Smart data dictionary.

Now that we’ve whetted your appetite, this article will explain how to create a smart data dictionary using XML schema change exports from ApexSQL Diff.

January 10, 2017

Automating SSIS packages documentation

ApexSQL Doc is a tool that is used for SQL Server database documentation as well as SSIS packages, SSRS reports and SSAS cubes. With ApexSQL Doc it’s possible to specify the exact server objects, attributes, database objects and specific object instances that can be generated in the documentation.

May 9, 2016

Document SQL Server data model diagrams

This article will be about how to include Data model diagrams in the documentation generated by ApexSQL Doc. With this feature it’s possible to see graphically display database tables and their relationships.

April 26, 2016

How to automate SQL database documentation

Wouldn’t it be a neat trick if you could document a database with a double click? With this article, we’ll demonstrate a few simple steps to allow you could make a script file which will run a process that generates documentation for your database. After that you can just execute it to repeat the process with just two mouse clicks or even set up a job to run it automatically every night. In this article you will learn how to create this automated process of database documentation by using ApexSQL Doc.

March 28, 2016

How to add a timestamp to SQL database documentation

Documenting SQL database is the best practice to ensure that the organizational schema, data objects, and other related information are captured for some future references, especially during development. In case of frequent documentation due to constant database structure changes, it is crucial to have documents organized in an accurate and chronological manner.

March 12, 2015

How to customize SQL database documentation

Using the default settings and options when documenting a SQL database via ApexSQL Doc does not have to be the only option, especially if there are additional options available, like Styles. You can personalize SQL databases documentation to make it stand out and differ, adding to its professional look.

March 9, 2015