SQL Editor in dbForge Studio for SQL Server

Most of the time you interact with a database by writing and executing SQL queries, statements, stored procedures and scripts. Therefore, it is clear that a good (or rather perfect) SQL editor is a must tool for any developer.

While designing SQL editor for dbForge Studio for SQL Server, we intended to create a tool to satisfy both professional developers and beginners. We tried to create an editor, that is meant to simplify, optimize and, above all, save your time while working with SQL documents.

Colorized Statements

The statements are marked with blue color and can be easily distinguished from the rest of the code.

Colorized Statements

Context-sensitive code completion

SQL editor extracts the context-sensitive features from the code and their relations to other code elements and auto-completes the current code with the proper elements according to the chosen pattern.

Context-sensitive code completion

Code collapsing/expanding with support of user-defined regions

Whenever you have a "block" of code (BEGIN....END, etc) SQL editor will put a little plus-sign in the margin and allow you to "collapse" that block of code so you only see the BEGIN, not stuff underneath. If you're working with a really large set of code, that's helpful.

Code collapsing/expanding

SQL formatting with rich options

Improve readability, consistency and standardization with SQL formatting. The feature enables to define and share SQL coding standards among multiple developers easily. SQL editor includes a wide choice of options for code formatting. Based on your needs, you can use 3 types of formatting:

  • Automatic code formatting significantly saves your time. By default, when you finish a statement with a delimiter, it is automatically formatted.
  • Manual. In case you want to format SQL code manually, decide whether you want to format the whole code in your script or only a statement.
  • Using SQL formatter wizard - to format multiple SQL files at once.
SQL formatting

SQL snippets library with a browser window and editor

Code snippets are meant to help you type SQL code quickly. You can use predefined snippets provided in the application and create your own to insert them in SQL scripts and queries. Each snippet represents a statement or a group of statements fulfilling the same task such as creating a new user or describing a package. You can insert the required code snippet into your source code with a few mouse clicks.

SQL snippets

Document Outline window for a quick navigation through large scripts

This window provides quick and easy navigation through the report elements. It can be used while building a report to access all report's elements and to see the whole report's structure.

Document Outline

One-step access to a schema object editor from code (go to definition)

This option allows you to open Visual Object Editor and explore DDL objects with their properties. If the definition is outside of the current script, an object editor or a corresponding DDL script will open in another window. You will appreciate this feature even more while working with SQL scripts in a database project. A project can contain SQL scripts and query files located in different folders and on different discs, but thanks to Go to definition option you still can navigate to the definitions of database objects from the scripts where these objects are mentioned.

Go to Definition Option

Parameter information for stored procedures and functions

The feature will help you quickly see the names and types of parameters, which are used in a function or stored procedure script. All information is neatly displayed in the Parameter Info tooltip. The parameter in bold is the next parameter that is required for the function or stored procedure.

Parameter Information

Quick information about schema objects

The Quick Info feature is a tooltip with brief information about database objects, parameters, and variables. The tooltip appears when you place the mouse pointer on the required item in the SQL script or press the shortcut Ctrl+K and then I. In case of database objects, the tooltip shows their location and types. You will find this option useful, while working with large scripts.

Quick Info Feature

Executed SQL history window for the document

SQL statement history is designed to ease recalling and re-executing statements you have previously executed. Choose View SQL history from the SQL menu to bring up a dialog where you can choose which SQL statement must be inserted into the editor instead of current one. Point with the mouse on a statement in a history to view its full text in a hint.

SQL history