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ApexSQL Provides Excellent SQL Tools For Free


ApexSQL has a few free tools on their site. Before I carry on, I was in no way compensated for this blog post at all. Now that is out of the way, check out ApexSQL tools. I was amazed by the feature richness of these tools.

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I would be amiss if I didn’t share this with the developer community out there. If you are a developer using SSMS, you definitely must download their free tools and give them a try.

ApexSQL Tools Free

So what do I mean by free. Well, according to their site, free means the following:

  • No crippleware, time bombs, or bait and switch
  • No annoying embedded ads or nag screens
  • No additional costs to upgrade to newer versions of SQL Server e.g. 2012, 2014
  • No professional version or non-free features you must pay for
  • No mandatory re-installs
  • No requirement to install additional, non-free software
  • No phone calls from sales people

These tools are:

  • ApexSQL Complete
    • SSMS and VS integration
    • SQL syntax checking
    • SQL object descriptions
    • SQL code completion
    • SQL code visualization
    • Snippet management
  • ApexSQL Refactor
    • SQL parameter management
    • SQL formatting
    • Consistent code layout
    • Database object refactoring
    • Batch formatting
    • One-to-many relationship replacement
  • ApexSQL Search
    • Smart renaming
    • Text search
    • Database object search
    • Easy SSMS tab navigation
    • SQL code cleaning
    • Graphical dependencies

There is more

But wait, there is more (I sound like an infomercial). They also provide free community editions for the following tools that support Windows SQL Azure Databases and SQL Server Express:

  • ApexSQL Diff – SQL Server schema compare tool
  • ApexSQL Data Diff – SQL Server data compare tool
  • ApexSQL Doc – SQL Server documentation tool (Coming soon)

And if that isn’t enough for you, they also provide a FREE Single Server instance license of ApexSQL Monitor. Yes, all this is for free. To check these products out and to download them, head on over to their downloads page.

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Yeah well I was all like:

And then I remembered it was FREE!


Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys authoring books and articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has almost mastered.

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