Write unit tests for SQL Server databases in SQL Server Management Studio

Introduction to SQL Test

If you want to do SQL Server unit testing in T-SQL, and run it as part of your automated builds, SQL Test is the place to start.

It's simple to set up, you don’t need extra tools, and you don't need to learn new technologies.

SQL Test also comes with pre-written SQL Cop tests, to help you enforce best practices for database development and run static analysis tests.

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Write your tests in
regular T-SQL

SQL Test uses the open-source tSQLt framework, a set of T-SQL tables, views, stored procedures, and functions.

SQL unit testing runs through simple queries which use the framework to check the values of your data types and to mock database objects.

Writing unit tests in T-SQL inside SQL Server Management Studio

Tests won't change your database

SQL Test stores its objects in a separate schema, so they won’t get in your way. The tests run in transactions, which rolls back any changes. You won’t need any clean-up code.

“Everyone is excited about SQL Test – it allows us to complete our agile test-driven development journey.”

Run as many tests as you want with one click

Pick your tests, click one button, and the SQL Test UI will display each result as it comes in.

Clicking Run Tests in the SQL Test drop-down menu inside SQL Server Management Studio

Test objects in isolation – no need to worry about keys or IDs

SQL Test comes with stored procedures for faking tables, triggers, and constraints. They make it easy to test your objects in isolation, without adding extra data for IDs or foreign keys.

Includes example unit tests and SQL Cop

SQL Test has built-in SQL Server unit testing examples to help you get started, and SQL Cop tests to check for problems such as fragmented indexes, badly sized data types, and missing keys.

SQL Cop tests sitting inside the SQL Test tab in SQL Server Management Studio

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