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Enhance the SQL Editor

Some features would be good to developers:
1) Tabbed SQL Query Windows - allow user to create a query window without binding to a query object (like we do in SQL Server)

2) Format the query field with highlighting, identation, colors and make possible to even resize the font size. .

3) Allow intellisense to get [table].[field] list (in A2013 we have it in Query Designer but no in SQL mode)

4) Split the window in SQL Query and result pane - and make it possible to see result in table or text format (like we have in SQL Server). So, we can click on "execute/run" and see both panels.


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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why not combine the editing of everything: SQL, VBA, and Expressions in a single simplified VS-like editor?

      • wilo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        a very simple improvement for me would be:
        allow the font to be configured für query designer
        persist the formatting for SQL-Querys (like it already is for union querys)

      • Queen Nikole West commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allow assigned users to submit updates direct to SQL as well as give the owner the ability to set a reminder for the assigned employees.

      • isladogs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also allow users to move direct to SQL view from the ribbon rather than first selecting design view

      • Bruce commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wish they'd take out the thing that vomits unnecessary parentheses all over my WHERE clauses.

      • Mark Jaskula commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pitty this won't go anywhere. You can always use SSMS to create your queries and then use passthrough SQL queries using something like the following hack:

        Dim qdf As DAO.QueryDef
        Set qdf = CurrentDb.CreateQueryDef("")
        qdf.connect = "ODBC;Database=tsfe;FileDSN=C:\settings\tsfe.dsn;"
        qdf.sql = queryStr
        qdf.ReturnsRecords = True
        qdf.ODBCTimeout = 0
        Set SQLOpen = qdf.OpenRecordset
        Set qdf = Nothing

      • Dolly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We asked numerous times to enhance the SQL editor and they all been shot down. Just not going to happen any time soon, if ever!

      • RaymondC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Complicated queries with multiple outer joins often require sub-queries. While this can be done in the SQL window, it would be nice if there was a way to do this in the designer window.

        It would also be nice if you could create SQL Server pass-through queries in the designer window and not just manually in the SQL window (or in code).

      • Mark Burns commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this request duplicate the basic point of at least 2-3 other requests already posted.

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