Profiler for SQL Azure
Vishal Malhotra commented
Along with all the other benefits SQL Profiler is also a critical tool for debugging. It provides the insight on which command failed.
does the new stuff added to the SQL Azure management dashboard available in your browser not provide enough?
Gayomard Mehta commented
SQL Profiler is very beneficial as it gives us an idea of how it is being executed...
Herve Roggero commented
Profiler works by using server-side tracing stored procedures. Support for server-side tracing would be important for corporations interested in auditing data changes. Regarding performance I would like to point to an open-source project I created that helps filling the gap: enzosqlbaseline.codeplex.com. It can show you the number of packets returned, CPU consumption, Duration of statements and so on. However, SQL Profiler is critical for advanced troubleshooting needs.
André van de Graaf commented
I use the SQL Profiler to understand what happens on my SQL server, to see what kind of queries are generated by my applications and to analyze my queries to improve performance. On the SQL Azure server I have an additional reason to use the SQL Profiler. In the pricing model for SQL Azure you have to pay for the data transfer sizes of your queries. The SQL Profiler can give you insight in the data transfered from the server to the client. see some more detail on: http://www.keepitsimpleandfast.com/2010/01/my-first-experiences-with-sql-azure-sql.html