SQL Command Window


The SQL Command Window provides a mechanism for testing SQL statements. There are several ways to open the SQL Command Window:

  1. From the Control Panel, select Tools > External Databases > SQL Command Window.

  2. From the Control Panel, select Tools > External Databases > Database Explorer, select a back-end database listing, right click, and select Open SQ Command Window.

  3. From the Web Projects Control Panel, select Tools > SQL Command Window.

Open SQL Command Window from Database Explorer

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SQL Command Window


The SQL Command Window requires that you have defined one or more named connection strings.

  1. Select a named connection string from the Connection list.

  2. Select the SQL Type you wish to use. The options are:

    • "Portable" - use the multi-database Portable SQL dialect

    • "Native" - use the dialect specific to a database product

  3. Enter SQL in the SQL Command window.

  4. If you need to insert a table or column name into a SQL statement:

    • 1. Click Insert... to display the Database Explorer.

    • 2. Select the item and click Insert.

  5. Click the 'lightning' icon Execute SQL to run the SQL statement.

    • If the statement was a SELECT statement, you will see a sample of records in the Result window.

    • If the statement was an INPUT, DELETE, or UPDATE statement, you will see the number of affected rows reported in the Result window.

    • If you executed another type of SQL command, the Result window will show a success or failure message.

    • If the statement could not be processed by the back-end database (for example, because of invalid SQL syntax), you will see an error message in the Result window.

  6. You may revert to previous versions of your SQL statement:

    • 1. Click SQL History to display the SQL History dialog.

    • 2. Select a previous statement (from this session).

    • 3. Click Select.

  7. Click the 'x window' icon shown below to clear the SQL Command window.

  8. Click to display the Connections dialog, where you can edit or create connection strings.