How Synerics doubled their SQL development quality with dbForge Studio for SQL Server


About the customer

Synerics Business Solutions is a software development team that specializes in architecting cutting-edge enterprise software and web applications through collaborative, agile, and adaptive methods. The team consists of experienced professionals in programming, graphic design, and databases.
South Africa

Challenges faced

Synerics faced several challenges while carrying out routine development tasks; the primary cause of these challenges was rooted in the shortcomings of the built-in IntelliSense module of SQL Server Management Studio. As a result, SQL coding used to take excessive time and required additional effort to be spent on SQL debugging and query optimization. It complicated the work overall and forced the company to search for new tools that would help them effectively resolve the following burning issues:

Other IDEs' IntelliSense would terminate early or fail to provide suggestions during query-writing
The absence of a snippet library made collaboration and reuse of code snippets rather challenging within Synerics
Optimizing queries could be frustrating at times as it required opening a separate tab for each query iteration

Since RedGate SQL Prompt, or SSMS could not provide the required effectiveness of IntelliSense completion, the Synerics team had to search for a more advanced alternative on the Internet. Their developers had tried several popular solutions before they finally settled on dbForge Studio for SQL Server due to the powerful toolset it contained — and due to the coding assistance functionality in particular.

"If I need to do anything SQL-related, I simply have to fire up dbForge SQL Studio, as I know it will be the best tool for the job."
Nicholas Branfield
Nicholas Branfield
Software Engineer at Synerics

Results achieved

SQL coding accuracy

As of now, the Synerics development team applies dbForge Studio for SQL Server every day for all routine tasks related to SQL queries and database management. This software allows them to quickly develop all kinds of statements of any complexity, as well as analyze, debug, and optimize them for the most efficient performance.

Over a short period of time, the Studio became a perfect replacement for SSMS and allowed cutting the time spent on these tasks significantly. And since the Synerics team adheres to agile principles in their work, the Studio's positive impact on the overall productivity is still felt. All tasks are now completed faster, it is much easier to achieve the required 100% quality, and even their end users noticed the improvements in performance as well.

Key features Nicholas is excited about

IntelliSense-like code completion

The built-in code completion, accessed via SQL Editor, helps developers write complex queries in virtually no time with the help of precise, context-aware suggestions. Moreover, developers can further empower themselves with smart formatting and refactoring tools, which also contribute to their daily performance.

T-SQL Analyzer

This feature is also invaluable when it comes to analyzing and proofreading code, identifying typos and other errors, and fixing them immediately. You have a set of predefined rules and the possibility to configure your own custom rules to apply while checking your code.

SQL snippets

Finally, this feature doesn't need to be explained much, because SQL code reuse is one of the keys to high performance. There is a rich collection of predefined snippet templates that developers can apply—and, of course, they can edit these templates to adjust to their specific requirements. Custom templates can be created as well. Convenient shortcuts make the use of snippets an easy breeze.

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