Friday, September 9, 2011

SQL Server Compact Toolbox 2.4–Visual Guide of new features

After more than 50.000 downloads, version 2.4 of my SQL Server Compact Toolbox extension for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for download. This blog post is a visual guide to the new features included in this release.

Edit Table Data (beta)

The tools that are included with Server Explorer for SQL Server Compact 3.5 and 4.0 already include a feature to edit table data, called Show Table Data:


But the grid has some limitations that I have lifted on the new “Edit Table Data” feature:

- Ability to sort data by clicking a column heading

- Ability to Import/Export/Delete content of image columns

- Ability to locate data in a column (QuickSearch)


Split Windows Phone DataContext into multiple files

You can now select to have the Windows Phone DataContext generated as a DataContext class file, and a class file per table in your database.


Select tables to include in Entity Data Model

You can now select which tables to include in the Entity Data Model created from your SQL Server Compact database. (Thanks to the Extended WPF Toolkit Project)


Explore and script primary and foreign keys

The tree view now lists the primary and foreign keys belonging to a table, and it is also possible to script these individually.


Other fixes

Improved Add-in Update detection (for users behind proxies)
Improved handling of password protected files for non-English SQL Compact runtime
Some icons were not transparent
CreateDataIfExists (Windows Phone DataContext) now returns bool if database was created
Latest scripting library, with fix for missing SET IDENTITY INSERT with multiple files (from large tables)


Tomsch said...

Now everything is working. Thank you a lot and keep up the good work. This tool is a real time saver.

ErikEJ said...

Tomsch: Glad to hear it, assume you refer to: Improved handling of password protected files for non-English SQL Compact runtime