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Getting the Most Out of SQL Server 2000's Query Analyzer, Part III


Getting the Most Out of SQL Server 2000's Query Analyzer, Part III

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Comments posted to this topic are about the content posted at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/bkelley/qa2k_3_1.asp

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I'm glad you liked the article. To be honest, though, breaking up the topic makes it easier on me, the author, since my daily schedule is probably similar to most other DBAs.

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few things missing(I think):
ALT-D - change database;
executing sp-s via keyboard shortcuts takes highlighted text as parameters like:
type active, highlight it and use Ctrl-1 (by default sp_who) - result is as: sp_who 'active'
hth
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Thanks for those additions. Indeed, both are missing from the article and are useful for helping us get the most out of QA.

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This was my favorite article in the series so far. Not so much for what I learned but for what I take for granted. I see people every day that are not as productive as they could be because they don't know basic things like the items presented in this article. I know this is going to help many people!

Thank you!



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You touched on fonts, but not on WHAT font to use...

I *highly* recommend everyone download and install a copy of ProFont:

http://www.tobias-jung.de/seekingprofont/

I am using the "tweaked" version, I believe. This font is designed specifically for programming. I use it in QA, Visual Studio, and Notepad. It's awesome...

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Fonts are very much a personal preference. For instance, I know a DBA who immediately switched to Comic Sans, another DBA that doesn't do anything unless it's System (no joke), etc.

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Comic sans?? Hmm, that's a bit suspicious!

Anyway, give Profont a try and tell me what you think. I tried it after a friend recommended it, didn't really like it too much at first, but after a few days I started to realize just how good it was... Now I'm addicted

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I downloaded it right away and set it up in visual studio. I have two monitors but they are LCDs that only do 1024x768 so the screen space is limited. I switched to ProFont and now I can pin my solution explorer and properties window again!

Many thanks Adam!!!



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I found this article very helpful, thank you.

I have a question concerning the $(Server) variable used in the arguments section when creating a new tool shortcut. There is also a $(Database) variable that I got lucky in trying when adding a tool link to SQL Server Management Studio. I was curious if you knew of any other variables like these.

A great one would be for the currently unsaved (therefore temporary) file you're currently working on to open when selecting a text editor like Notepad++. This would have to be a file path. Just thinking 'out loud' here.

Thanks again,

Jeff
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