SSMS Tools: SSMSBoost

I've historically been a huge fan of Mladen Prajdic's SSMS Tools Pack.  It's a full-featured tool kit which solves a lot of problems and I highly recommend it to anybody who uses SSMS.  I'm not averse to spending money---after all, the other two products on my list are paid tools---but I wanted to see what…

SSMS Tools: Tabs Studio

Tabs Studio is technically not a SQL Server Management Studio tool---it's a Visual Studio extension which will also support SQL Server Management Studio.  For this, I am grateful. Over the course of a few-day period, I'll collect dozens of Management Studio tabs.  Here's a sample of how my screen looks right now, even after I…

SSMS Tools: dbForge SQL Complete

One tool I can't give enough love for is DevArt's dbForge SQL Complete.  This tool fits in a fairly crowded space, and I'll say that I tried Red Gate's SQL Prompt and ApexSQL's ApexSQLComplete products before settling on DevArt's version. All of these are solid products, but there's a big reason I chose SQL Complete:  the breadth…

Giving Thanks To SSMS Tools

Over the next few days, I want to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving by pointing out a few tools upon which I depend.  I have at least one SQL Server Management Studio window open throughout the course of my work day, and these tools make me a lot more productive by eliminating some of the…

The Last of Us

This isn't a video game review. The Last of Us is a PS3 game (which is being remastered for PS4) by Naughty Dog. It is, superficially, the same general combat system as Uncharted, so if you liked Uncharted's combat, you'll like The Last of Us. But you may not like the story. I'm having a…

The Hall Countdown

Sports on Earth (which has taken a serious quality hit of late but is still quite good) has a very nice article on the ticking clock some MLBers face with regards to the HOF, based purely off past voting histories. The article's surprisingly depressing on a couple of Hall cases. Jeff Bagwell is project to…