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Debugging a SQL Server Script using Visual Studio?

Posted on 2015-02-24
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Is it possible to debug a SQL Server script while running a VB.Net application in debug mode? If so, how is this done because I really need to debug a SQL script and just not sure what the best way is to do it!

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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi BlakeMcKenna;

See this Microsoft Documentation.

Debugging Transact-SQL Database Objects
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by:BlakeMcKenna
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Fernando,

This is what I've been looking for, however, I'm a little confused as to whether it can be debugged while the application is running. What I'm trying to accomplish is that when my app is running and at the point of executing the Stored Procedure, which is what I want to debug, I want the GUI to go into debug mode at that point right into the SP. That's where I'm at right now. Also, I'm using VS 2013 Professional edition and the above link uses verbage that I don't see.  For example, it says to right-click on the object within the Database, in my case the SP and select "Step Into" <object>. That isn't part of any popup menu that I see.

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by:BlakeMcKenna
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Fernando,

When I tried to execute the SP for debug, I got an error message. See attached image. It had to do with permissions, however, when I went to look in the "System Stored Procedures" Folder, the SP listed was not present.
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Hi BlakeMcKenna;

I had a hard time finding out how to enable SQL Stored Procedure in Visual Studio 2013 seeming it changed since I used it in earllyer version.

1. In Solution Explorer right click on the Project Name, NOT Solution name, and select Properties from context window.
2. In the Properties window select the Debug tab at the left of the window.
3. At the bottom of the window make sure the Enable SQL Server Debugging has a check mark on it.
4. From the Main Menu in Visual Studio click on View -> SQL Server Object Explorer.
5. If your SQL Server instance is not in the list of SQL Servers right click on the top node SQL Server and select Add SQL Server ... and use the SQL Server Login window to login to the missing server.
6. Select the server from the list and right click on it.
7. Click on Application Debugging.

At this point you will be able to set break points in the SQL Script and it will stop on the break point.
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by:BlakeMcKenna
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Thank you Fernando...that is exactly what I have been looking for!
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Not a problem BlakeMcKenna; glad I was able to help.
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