Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SQL Server Compact Toolbox 3.1–Visual Guide of new features

After more than 130.000 downloads, version 3.1 of my SQL Server Compact Toolbox extension for Visual Studio 2012 and 2010 is now available for download. This blog post is a visual guide to the new features included in this release, many suggested by users of the tool via the CodePlex issue tracker

Export to SQLite

As I have blogged about earlier, the Toolbox now has a feature that enables migration to SQLite, for use for example for migrating Windows Phone solutions to Windows 8 Apps.


Upgrade a SQL Server Compact 3.5 database directly to 4.0

The Toolbox already supports scripting a 3.5 database and running the generated script against a version 4.0 database, but this release contains a feature that does a direct upgrade, using the SqlCeEngine Upgrade method. In addition, the new database will be connected to Server Explorer and the Toolbox automagically.


Option to ignore IDENTITY columns when scripting table data

Some users have requested the option to script table data without SET IDENTITY_INSERT statements, basically ignoring the IDENTITY column. This is now possible via a new user option:


New SQL Server Connection dialog

When connecting to SQL Server to generate scripts, the dialog used in previous version of the Toolbox only worked with Integrated Security, not connections using SQL Server authentication. This is the new dialog:


Other improvements

Improved DataGrid results performance – when enabling showing query results in Grid, performance was not ideal – this has been improved:


Support for VS 2012:


Notice that both 4.0 and 3.5 database file versions are supported by the Toolbox in VS 2012, but that 3.5 SP2 must be installed separately, as it is no longer installed by Visual Studio. Toolbox support for 4.0 in VS 2012 does not require 3.5 SP2 to be installed.

Bug fixes

All SyncFx menu items now only available with SyncFx 2.1 installed
Updated scripting API
Fix of 2 bugs related to "correct" table sorting


Jay said...

I coulnd't believe it when I started creating a compact DB with VSS 2012 and I could arrange columns, script tables (much less the database), and so on. Toolbox to the rescue! Now I can do some basics. I am gratefule. It's like adding gears 2 and 3, plus reverse, to the go-kart. Thanks!

ErikEJ said...

Thanks, Jay, feel free to post a review on Visual Studio gallery