I was wondering if there are any alternatives to Microsoft's SQL Server Management Studio?
Not there's anything wrong with SSMS, but sometimes it just seem too big an application where all I want todo is browse/edit tables and run queries.
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I've started using LinqPad. In addition to being more lightweight than SSMS, you can also practice writing LINQ queries- way more fun than boring old TSQL!
I have been using Atlantis SQL Enywhere, a free software, for almost 6 months and has been working really well. Works with SQL 2005 and SQL 2008 versions. I am really impressed with its features and keyboard shortcuts are similar to VS, so makes the transition really smooth to a new editor.
Some of the features that are worth mentioning:
All these features have saved me lot of time.
You can still install and use Query Analyzer from previous SQL Server versions.
Oracle has a free program called SQL Developer which will work with Microsoft SQL Server as well as Oracle & MySQL. When accessing SQL Server, however, Oracle SQL Developer is only intended to enable an easy migration to Oracle, so your SQL Server database is essentially read-only.
If you are already spending time in Visual Studio, then you can always use the Server Explorer to connect to any .Net compliant database server.
Provided you're using Professional or greater, you can create and edit tables and databases, run queries, etc.
TOAD for MS SQL looks pretty good. I've never used it personally but I have used Quest's other products and they're solid.