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Enhancements in SQL Server 2012 Management Studio

by Rohit 15. July 2012 12:43

SQL Server 2012 brings some of the most desired enhancements in the Management Studio to simplify manageability.

(1) The new SQL Server Management Studio is built on Visual Studio 2012. As it opens, you soon recognize the familiar dark blue theme of Visual Studio 2010.



(2) You can drag and move out Query Window from the main work area:


It also has dual monitor support. You can move out a Query Window to another monitor or outside the main IDE.

(3) You can even drag out the ToolBox from the main IDE and place it elsewhere on the desktop or on another monitor.


(4) Being based on Visual Studio, SSMS brings the same Clipboard Buffer feature of Visual Studio 2010. You can cycle through buffer text by holding down the SHIFT key and pressing CTRL+V.

(5) Another interesting feature is Insert Snippet which you can find on menu via Edit -> IntelliSense. It allows you to inject variety of code snippets onto your Query Window:




Above I selected Create Procedure Basic Template to inject stored procedure code. It even provides you with two parameters to start with. You can always remove or add parameters according to your need.

Similarly, you can inject many other type of code snippets like: Function, Index, Table, View etc. There are even more enhancements which are outside the scope of this post.

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How to suppress zero values in SSRS report?

by Rohit 11. July 2012 12:54

If you are coming from Crystal Reports background then you must be aware of a property called Suppress if 0 in Crystal Reports. By default, this property is disabled resulting in zero values being displayed on your report. When checked, all the zero values are suppressed by replacing 0 with a blank space.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is quite young when compared to Crystal Reports. It is not as powerful as Crystal Reports but it definitely bundles simplicity and seamless integration with SQL Server data and Visual Studio.

Here I show you how to implement Suppress if 0 functionality in SSRS. In my example I have used SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. Before starting let's see how the report looks when opened in browser before suppressing zero values:


To suppress zero values, go to Business Intelligence Development Studio and open the report design. My report design looks like this: More...

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Tool Pick #7: T4 Template Tools

by Rohit 16. June 2012 22:45

tangible T4 Editior:  Quickly write your own .NET Code Generator via T4 Text-Templates (.tt-Files) with Intelli-Sense & Syntax-Highlighting. tangible T4 Editor comes with UML-Style modeling tools and can generate from diagrams, database schemas, xml, word, excel sources, or any other data source.

T4 Toolbox: A set of ready-to-use code generators and T4 extensions for Visual Studio. Quickly build powerful C# or VB templates that generate multiple output files or simply use existing templates for LINQ to SQL, Entity Framework and more.

Devart T4 Editor: A powerful Visual Studio add-in for editing T4 templates with syntax highlighting, intellisense, code outlining, and all features of a first-class text editor add-in for Visual Studio. It provides very high performance and makes creating T4 templates easier and faster. As well as ensuring extremely high level of performance, it also speeds up and facilitates the creation of T4 templates.

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About Rohit Prakash

Software Craftsman and Technology Enthusiast (not a Guru).

Technical Reviewer of a book on open-source programming IDE.

My day job keeps me engaged with Microsoft Technologies (ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server) hence most of the posts are related to these technologies. I, however, love to play with other open-source technologies. I also have interest in IT Security and therefore you will find posts on Malware Analysis, Cryptography and Anti-Virus programs.

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