Cambridge UK, Thursday, 9 November - The SQL Toolbelt, the portfolio of SQL Server development tools from Redgate Software that won a Visual Studio Magazine 2016 Reader’s Choice Gold Award, has been upgraded to include SQL Server 2017 support. The toolbelt, which is regarded as the leading software suite for database and data development, now enables users to make the most of the latest features in SQL Server.
SQL Source Control and SQL Compare, for example, fully support its new graph database capabilities for modelling many-to-many relationships. Social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn have already showed the value of graph databases and, in the era of big data, use cases are emerging across many industries. SQL Server users can now version control, compare and deploy databases which include both graph and relational tables without needing to turn to a separate graph database platform.
Similarly, SQL Prompt, Redgate’s popular tool that lets users write, format, share and refactor SQL effortlessly, supports the new syntax introduced in SQL Server 2017, including that used for graph tables.
Other tools in the SQL Toolbelt like SQL Search, SQL Data Generator, SQL Doc, and SQL Test have also been upgraded to support SQL Server 2017 so that users can get more value from the enhanced platform.
Perhaps most importantly, the engine behind the SQL Toolbelt installer has been completely rebuilt and the user interface redesigned to make the installation and update process simpler and faster.
Julia Hayward, the development team Technical Lead for the SQL Toolbelt, explains why. “The SQL Toolbelt offers users 15 database development tools in one installer, and all of those tools themselves are under constant development. When new features are introduced, we want the update process to be as simple as possible so that individual users as well as big teams can take advantage of them as soon as possible.”
The redesigned interface presents the tools in the Toolbelt in a logical order, and makes the process of choosing, installing and updating them a straightforward and error-free sequence. The new engine that drives it, meanwhile, has opened the door to the development of additional features that users have been asking for, and the team are looking at enhancements like a bulk install facility.
“Users now have the best of both worlds,” Julia Hayward concludes. “They can upgrade to SQL Server 2017, knowing their favorite tools will be there with them, and they can install and update those tools easily and quickly.”
The latest version of SQL Toolbelt is available now - for more information and a free trial, visit https://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-toolbelt/