Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Script SQL Server Compact tables in Management Studio just like SQL Server tables

One of the notable features missing from the SQL Server Management tools for SQL Compact is the ability to script DML (data manipulation language) that is: SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE and DDL (data definition language): CREATE, DROP, ALTER when browsing SQL Server Compact tables in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) (Figure 1 below). Now, 1 year after the release of SQL Server 2008, you can now get the same features for SQL Compact tables (Figure 2 below) by installing the latest version of the free ExportSqlCE add-in for SSMS, available for download on CodePlex.

As always, let me know if there are any issues and/or feature requests by providing feedback here.


Figure 1: This is available in SSMS when browsing SQL Server tables.


Figure 2: With version 2 of the ExportSqlCE SSMS add-in, this is available when browsing SQL Server Compact tables.

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