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August 7, 2013

SSDT SQL Menu Options

The SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) in Visual Studio include features in three areas of Visual Studio:

Later posts cover the key options in the Visual Studio SQL menu:

  • Schema Compare
  • Data Compare
  • Transact-SQL Editor

But arguably the most important SQL menu option is: Check for Updates …

Microsoft provides updates to the SSDT separate from the Visual Studio updates. To ensure you have the most recent updates, select SQL | Check for Updates…

This option displays a dialog with the SSDT components and their installed versions and gives you the option to update if you don’t have the current version.

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NOTE: The Data Compare option, for example, was added in the June 2013 release of SQL Server Data Tools. If you don’t see a Data Compare feature in your SQL menu, give the Check for Updates option a try.

Enjoy!

For more information on this and other Visual Studio 2012 features, see my Pluralsight course: Mastering Visual Studio 2012.

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