SQL Compare 14

Viewing the SQL differences

The lower (SQL Differences) pane displays a side-by-side listing of differences in the creation SQL script for an object. To display the SQL Differences pane, click an object in the upper (Results) pane.

You can adjust the height of the SQL Differences by dragging the blue bar up or down.

Click  to open the SQL Differences pane in a separate window.

Viewing differences

Lines that contain differences are displayed with a shaded background; text within a line that is different is displayed with a darker shaded background.

The central column shows the type of difference:

this line of SQL will be added or changed if you deploy this object (the direction of the arrow indicates the database that will be updated)

this line of SQL will be removed if you deploy this object

There is no icon if the two lines are identical.

Use  Next and  Previous to go to lines that contain a difference. You can also use Alt + Up Arrow and Alt + Down Arrow.

The Line Differences bar

Click  and select Line Differences to display the Line Differences bar. The two versions of the line are shown one on top of the other. This is especially useful when the lines are too long to view all the text:

Scroll bar

Colored blocks in the left scroll bar indicate the location in the script of lines that are different.

 A line of SQL that exists only in the object script on the left.

 A line of SQL that exists only in the object script on the right.

 A line of SQL that exists in both object scripts, but is different.

Searching and copying the creation script

To search the SQL statements, right-click, and click Find.

To search the SQL statements in the other data source, click Find on this side.

The search is not case-sensitive.

Viewing the object deployment script

To view the deployment script for the selected object, right-click in the SQL Differences pane, and then click View object deployment script.

The Single object deployment script dialog box is displayed.

You are recommended to deploy only using the full deployment script created by the deployment wizard, because the single objects script cannot account for dependencies. If you use the object deployment script to deploy a single object, there may be unexpected results, or the deployment may fail.

To view the full deployment script that will make the two databases identical, use the deployment wizard.

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