Steve Jones, a friend of mine over at sqlservercentral.com, asked me a question the other day that is brought up quite a bit. In earlier versions of SQL Server, we had at least two management tools: Enterprise Manager (EM) and Query Analyzer (QA). EM did the "right-click" stuff and QA did the query stuff. In SQL Server 2005 (and higher) we've combined these into one tool - SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
We get asked a lot why we did that. And if we'll ever bring back the QA tool. We hear: "I just want to jump in, run a query, and get out." But did you know you can do that today?
Here are the steps:
- Open SSMS
- Click Tools in the menu, then select Options
- In the At Startup button, click either Open new query window or Open Object Explorer and new query window (my favorite)
- Close SSMS
Now whenever you open you're back at the Query Window, just like QA.
Oh, and I know it's slower. We're working on that ! :)