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Alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL WorkBench, Microsoft Access, AzureDataStudio, and PostgreSQL are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
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What is Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and what are its top alternatives?

It is an integrated environment for managing any SQL infrastructure, from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. It provides tools to configure, monitor, and administer instances of SQL Server and databases. Use it to deploy, monitor, and upgrade the data-tier components used by your applications, as well as build queries and scripts.
Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio is a tool in the Database Tools category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

  • Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft® SQL Server is a database management and analysis system for e-commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions. ...

  • MySQL WorkBench

    MySQL WorkBench

    It enables a DBA, developer, or data architect to visually design, model, generate, and manage databases. It includes everything a data modeler needs for creating complex ER models, forward and reverse engineering, and also delivers key features for performing difficult change management and documentation tasks that normally require much time and effort. ...

  • Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access

    It is an easy-to-use tool for creating business applications, from templates or from scratch. With its rich and intuitive design tools, it can help you create appealing and highly functional applications in a minimal amount of time. ...

  • AzureDataStudio

    AzureDataStudio

    It is a cross-platform database tool for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. ...

  • PostgreSQL

    PostgreSQL

    PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system that supports an extended subset of the SQL standard, including transactions, foreign keys, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions. ...

  • MySQL

    MySQL

    The MySQL software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software. ...

  • Visual Studio

    Visual Studio

    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. ...

  • Slick

    Slick

    It is a modern database query and access library for Scala. It allows you to work with stored data almost as if you were using Scala collections while at the same time giving you full control over when a database access happens and which data is transferred. ...

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Microsoft SQL Server

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    Reliable and easy to use
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    High performance
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    Great with .net
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    Works well with .net
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    Easy to maintain
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    Azure support
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    Always on
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    Full Index Support
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    Enterprise manager is fantastic
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    In-Memory OLTP Engine
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    Security is forefront
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    Columnstore indexes
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    Great documentation
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    Faster Than Oracle
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    Decent management tools
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We moved our site over to AWS Elastic Beanstalk , not only did response times on the site practically become instant, our cloud bill for the application was cut in half.

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MySQL WorkBench

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    We have a 138 row, 1700 column database likely to grow at least a row and a column every week. We are mostly concerned with how user-friendly the graphical management tools are. I understand MySQL has MySQL WorkBench, and Microsoft SQL Server has Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. We have about 6 months to migrate our Excel database to one of these DBMS, and continue (hopefully manually) importing excel files from then on. Any tips appreciated!

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    Microsoft Access

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        AzureDataStudio

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            PostgreSQL

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              Sql
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              Great community
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              Easy to setup
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              Heroku
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              Secure by default
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              Supports Key-Value
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              Great JSON support
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              Cross platform
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              Extensible
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              Replication
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              Triggers
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              Rollback
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              Multiversion concurrency control
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              Open source
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              Stable, Simple and Good Performance
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              Powerful
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              Good documentation
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              Intelligent optimizer
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              Modern
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              Free
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              Faster Development
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              search
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              Full-text
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            Based on the above criteria, we selected the following tools to perform the end to end data replication:

            We chose MongoDB Stitch for picking up the changes in the source database. It is the serverless platform from MongoDB. One of the services offered by MongoDB Stitch is Stitch Triggers. Using stitch triggers, you can execute a serverless function (in Node.js) in real time in response to changes in the database. When there are a lot of database changes, Stitch automatically "feeds forward" these changes through an asynchronous queue.

            We chose Amazon SQS as the pipe / message backbone for communicating the changes from MongoDB to our own replication service. Interestingly enough, MongoDB stitch offers integration with AWS services.

            In the Node.js function, we wrote minimal functionality to communicate the database changes (insert / update / delete / replace) to Amazon SQS.

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            In the end, we got to implement a highly scalable near realtime Change Data Replication service that "works" and deployed to production in a matter of few days!

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            We've been using PostgreSQL since the very early days of Zulip, but we actually didn't use it from the beginning. Zulip started out as a MySQL project back in 2012, because we'd heard it was a good choice for a startup with a wide community. However, we found that even though we were using the Django ORM for most of our database access, we spent a lot of time fighting with MySQL. Issues ranged from bad collation defaults, to bad query plans which required a lot of manual query tweaks.

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              High availability
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              Great community
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            Conor Myhrvold
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            Our most popular (& controversial!) article to date on the Uber Engineering blog in 3+ yrs. Why we moved from PostgreSQL to MySQL. In essence, it was due to a variety of limitations of Postgres at the time. Fun fact -- earlier in Uber's history we'd actually moved from MySQL to Postgres before switching back for good, & though we published the article in Summer 2016 we haven't looked back since:

            The early architecture of Uber consisted of a monolithic backend application written in Python that used Postgres for data persistence. Since that time, the architecture of Uber has changed significantly, to a model of microservices and new data platforms. Specifically, in many of the cases where we previously used Postgres, we now use Schemaless, a novel database sharding layer built on top of MySQL (https://eng.uber.com/schemaless-part-one/). In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks we found with Postgres and explain the decision to build Schemaless and other backend services on top of MySQL:

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            • Frameworks: .NET Core
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