Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Right Click!

This is more of a tip to those who are already using or evaluating SQL Sentry than anything else.

I get a lot of questions that are perfectly valid about where different features are located or accessed from. SQL Sentry is, after all, a large suite of products with many features and if you are running multiple products you have quite a few feature choices.

Usually it’s a specific question such as “where do I find…” or “how do I filter…” to which I provide as simple and direct an answer as possible.

The reason for this post is to make folks aware of something that isn’t overly obvious, but maybe should be. If you are familiar with the development work we do here and the amount of thought we put into usability, it is just logical, but alas our society as a whole is just not used to having software that flows from feature to feature in ways that make sense or that make it easy for us to use.

SQL Sentry’s console application is designed for DBAs by DBAs. That is not just marketing fluff. It is 100% true. The thoughts and ideas that go into building SQL Sentry software all come from our internal product staff, all of whom are experienced developers and DBAs and from our customers who often have great ideas for ways they would like to use SQL Sentry products.

All of this background leads me to my point. We are very big on ease of access, just like our customer base. Since getting around to different places in the console usually requires using a mouse, a very logical place to put access to features is in the various context menus, or, the right click menus. I invite everyone to simply right click on anything in SQL Sentry. Whether it be a connection node icon, a history event on the calendar, a column header on a data grid, a runtime graph for an Agent job, an Event Chain Node or even the history mode chart for database file I/O you will always find something useful to do next by simply right clicking.

In summary, if you are ever in the console trying to work out how to do something, just try right clicking on whatever it is you are looking at. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover a set of useful options organized in a logical manner, right where you would expect them to be.

-JRH

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