DbSchema Database Designer

DbSchema | SQL Server - How to Create a Database?

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Prerequisites
  3. What is SQL Server?
  4. Usage of SQL Server
  5. Advantages of SQL Server
  6. Limitations of SQL Server
  7. Creating a Database in sqlcmd
  8. Creating a Database in DbSchema
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Introduction

SQL Server is a powerful tool in the field of data management. This article will guide you on how to create a database using SQL Server, specifically focusing on two methods: using sqlcmd and DbSchema.

Prerequisites

  • Basic understanding of SQL.
  • SQL Server installed on your machine.
  • DbSchema installed on your machine.

What is SQL Server?

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft. It’s designed for managing data in a relational manner, using Structured Query Language (SQL) for querying and manipulation.

Usage of SQL Server

SQL Server is used in a wide range of applications including:

  • Data warehousing and business intelligence.

  • Online transaction processing.


  • Data integration, transformation, and migration.

  • Analyzing and visualizing data.

  • Building enterprise-scale web, desktop, and mobile applications.


Advantages of SQL Server

  • Comprehensive Security Features: SQL Server provides robust security to protect data at rest and in transit.
  • High Performance: SQL Server leverages advanced technologies and algorithms to process large amounts of data efficiently.
  • Scalability: It can manage anything from small datasets to large-scale databases.
  • Integration with Microsoft Products: It integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft products, providing a robust platform for enterprise applications.

Limitations of SQL Server

  • Cost: SQL Server can be quite expensive, particularly for small businesses.
  • Complexity: While it’s powerful, it can be complex to manage and requires skilled personnel.
  • Platform Dependency: SQL Server is primarily tied to Windows, although recent versions have expanded to include Linux.

Creating a Database in sqlcmd

  1. Open the command prompt.
  2. Connect to SQL Server with the sqlcmd -S server_name -U username -P password command.
sqlcmd -S server_name -U username -P password

Replace username with your username and password with your password.

  1. Once connected, create a new database using the CREATE DATABASE database_name SQL command. *For example8:
CREATE DATABASE TestDB;

This will create a database named TestDB.

To check if your database was created, use the following SQL command:

SELECT name FROM sys.databases;
name
TestDB

Creating a Database in DbSchema

Step 1: Install DbSchema

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To create a database using DbSchema, you need to download and install it from the official website (https://www.dbschema.com/). Choose the appropriate installer for your operating system and follow the installation instructions.


Step 2: Launch DbSchema

After installing DbSchema, launch the application by clicking on its icon or running it from the installed location.

Step 3: Create a New Project

In DbSchema, click on New Project and provide a name for your project. Choose a directory to save the project files and click OK.

Step 4: Define Tables and Columns

In the DbSchema interface, you can define tables and their columns visually. Create a new table, specify the table name, and add the required columns with their respective data types.

Step 5: Generate SQL Script

Once you have defined the tables and columns, you can generate the SQL script by clicking on the Generate SQL button. DbSchema will create the necessary SQL statements to create the database structure based on your design.

Step 6: Execute SQL Script

To execute the SQL script and create the database, click on the Execute SQL button in DbSchema. The application will execute the generated SQL statements and create the database with the specified tables and columns.

Step 7: Query the Database

After creating the database, you can query it using DbSchema’s SQL editor. Write SQL queries to fetch data, update records, or perform any other database operations.

Conclusion

Creating a database in SQL Server is a fundamental task, achievable via different methods such as sqlcmd and DbSchema. It’s important to understand the process, as it’s the first step towards managing and manipulating data in SQL Server.

References

  1. Microsoft Docs: SQL Server - link
  2. DbSchema Documentation - link

Visually Manage Databases using DbSchema

DbSchema is a databases client and visual designer. DbSchema has a free Community Edition, which can be downloaded here.
DbSchema main features include:

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Interactive Diagrams

Design tables, column and foreign keys directly in diagrams.


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Simple Connection Dialog

Choose the database location, the user and password, and simply get connected.


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Relational Data Explorer

Explore data from multiple tables simultaneously, using foreign keys or virtual foreign keys.


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Query Builder

Create SQL Queries using the mouse.


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SQL Query Editor

Edit and execute SQL Queries


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Design Schema in Team & Schema Deployment

DbSchema is using the design model, a copy of the schema structure, independent of the database.
The design model can be saved to file and shared in a team.
Connecting to another database you may compare the design model with the database, commit the differences or merge them in the design model.


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Dark Theme

Configurable styles & dark theme.


Many features are available in the free Community edition.
The Pro edition adds capabilities to save the design to the model file, design schema in team and deploy the schema on multiple databases.


DbSchema can be downloaded for free. No registration is required.