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Intelli-prompt and Intellisense

Introduction to Intelli-prompt in the SQL Editor

Intelliprompt and intellisense in the SQL editor allow users to easily compose SQL scripts, auto-complete SQL statements, and show tips and other useful information relating to SQL code statements.

Two types of intelliprompt features are available in Combine:
1. DB-object based prompts - lists all applicable database objects for each SQL statement (e.g., list of tables, views, and table functions after a SELECT statement).
2. InfoTips and members list - provides static lists for each SQL statement that do not include database objects. For example, the list of available locking hints and modes in a SELECT statement "SELECT * FROM sysobjects WITH (". See the image below for an example.





Figure:  Example of DB-object based and members list intelliprompt features.



In order to utilize the DB-Object based intelliprompt, the SQL editor window must be connected to a database. This is required so that Combine could retrieve the database objects that apply to each SQL statement. On the other hand, member lists and InfoTips do not require a connection to a database. In addition, Combine allows you to enable or disable each type of the intelliprompt features for each editor window or for all editor windows. Please refer to Disable or Enable Intelliprompt for more information.

Additional configuration settings in the Options dialog allow users to tune some intelliprompt features, such as the ability to include system objects (e.g., system tables, views, databases) in the auto-prompts, auto-correct the letter case of intelliprompt SQL statements, include square brackets around DB object names, and so on. For additional information regarding these settings, please refer to the options dialog:
1. Tools → Options → Editor → Common - allows users to enable or disable intelliprompt features across the application.
2. Tools → Options → Editor → SQL Server - allows users to instruct Combine whether system objects should be considered, configure square bracket support, auto-letter case correction, and more.




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