How to format all SQL objects in your database

The Format SQL objects feature allow formatting one or more database objects with the specified formatting profile, without having to script them first.

There are three ways to invoke the Format SQL objects feature. First, you need to select a database from which you want to format objects. Otherwise, when you try to initiate the Format SQL objects feature, you’ll be prompted with the following message:

January 25, 2016

How to refactor a SQL Server database by splitting a table

Depending on your environment, splitting a SQL table may have a positive impact on the overall database performance. For instance, in scenarios where a table contains some large but rarely used columns, moving them to a separate table will increase performance as the frequently used data will be stored in a much smaller table, and the rarely used data will be only looked up when required. The impact on performance caused by the occasional joining will be compensated just by having SQL Server look up the data that’s used more often in a table which requires less disk space leading thus to decrease in I/O and potentially increase in page cache hits.

March 17, 2015

How to clean up SQL database code by removing unused parameters

Finding parameters and SQL variables that are only defined in the existing SQL Server stored procedures and functions, but never actually used, is not a problem, but for maintaining complex code, with dozens of parameters and variables you’ll need a tool like ApexSQL Refactor – a free SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio add-in, and useful SQL query formatter

March 9, 2015

How to refactor a SQL Server database table to add a surrogate key

Choosing a primary key is one of the most important steps in a database design. There are two types of a primary key – a natural key and a surrogate key.

In this article we will describe how to apply database refactoring on a SQL Server database and replace a natural key with a surrogate key by using ApexSQL Refactor a free SQL Server Management Studio and a Visual Studio add-in that provides numerous features for refactoring of SQL code and uses one of fastest SQL formatters.

February 27, 2015

SQL query basics – How to improve readability by formatting commas, spacing and alignment

The previous article covered SQL query readability basics such as capitalization strategies and their implementation in SQL formatter by ApexSQL. This time, commas, spacing, and aligning will be detailed. One of the quickest ways to wreak havoc among developers is to start a discussion about how commas should be treated within the code, particularly in a SELECT list. Let’s look at how commas can be treated in ApexSQL Refactor.

February 27, 2015

SQL query basics – How to improve readability by formatting capitalization and object naming

Many development teams spend an inordinate amount of time arguing over styling and formatting preferences. Although these preferences are often subjective, at the end the code should be consistent. Since styling comes up frequently during code reviews, it is a good idea to have a strategy in place for dealing with it. This article series will address several SQL readability strategies as well as provide examples that demonstrate different ways you can format T-SQL in ApexSQL Refactor. Let’s begin with capitalization and object naming.

February 27, 2015

Replacing one-to-many relationships with association tables automatically– Part 1

The Replace one-to-many relationship feature in ApexSQL Refactor, an SSMS/VS add-in, will isolate the relationship between two tables and add a separate association table.

A one-to-many relationship is one of the most common relationship types in relational databases. It is a principle of database design, implicitly created and enforced by the use of relationships between tables, especially the relationship between a primary key and a foreign key.

February 27, 2015