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I was very happy with Intellisense in SQL Management Studio 2008, it worked great.  So I was very surprised to have so many issues with it when I installed the 2012 version.  First of all, it seems to take forever for it to load/cache database objects that used to be available almost instantly.  With the 2012 version I can open a new query window and start typing and I don’t expect any help right away.  Sometimes it takes minutes before I get any help.  And my databases are not very large or complicated.  But that’s not even the worst of it.

Let’s take a *very* simple example.  Assuming you have a table in your currently selected database, try typing the following in both 2008 and 2012 versions:

SELECT * FROM MyTable Where MyTable.

When I typed this in SSMS 2008, a drop down list of my column names appeared instantly.

When I typed this in SSMS 2012, nothing happened.  So I pressed Ctrl-J to try and get it to work.  Instead, what I typed last (MyTable.) got a red underline, indicating a syntax error was discovered by Intellisense.  So I hovered my mouse over it, and it said:

“An expression of non-boolean type specified in a context where a condition is expected.”

Not very helpful.  Not sure why Intellisense no longer understands that since the last thing I typed was a “.” and I’m asking for some help, that perhaps I want a list of columns and not the current compilation state of my incomplete statement.

I have SSMS 2012 version 11.0.3000.0  which is at Service Pack 1.  I hope they fix this soon, Meanwhile I’m going back to SSMS 2008.

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 10:04 AM SQL Server , Intellisense | Back to top


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I've been frustrated with this for months now. Did you ever find a fix?
Left by Tyler on Nov 26, 2013 10:55 AM

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