How to create a Visual Expert project with SQL Server T‑SQL Code
Step 1 – Specify a source of code
- Go to [file – New Project]
- Select "SQL Server Transact-SQL"
- Specify where your SQL Server code is located
Step 2 – Select the objects you wish to analyze
- Important: if you're connecting to a database, Visual Expert will analyze all the objects accessible from this connection, including all schemas, tables, procedures, system objects, etc. In this case, it is highly recommended to filter the DB objects you wish to analyze:
- If you click on "More Filters" you get the following options:
- Once your SQL Server object selection is completed, click "next" > select "Continue Setup"
- Name your Visual Expert project
- Set the scheduler to refresh your code analysis automatically on a regular basis
- Select "Launch the analysis"
- After analysis, you will see SQL Server and Transact-SQL objects in the treeview
Step 3 – Remove ambiguities and duplicate tables
Why this step?
Select firstname, lastname from employee
Select firstname, lastname from myschema.employee
This basic example may create an ambiguity:
By default, the Visual Expert code parsers cannot know whether employee and myschema.employee refer to the same table. Unless we remove this ambiguity, Visual Expert will duplicate the table employee.
Please read this article to remove possible ambiguities in your project.