GdaBrowser’s improvements

I’ve spent a lot of time lately to improve the user experience with the GdaBrowser tool which will be included in Libgda starting with version 4.2.

The idea of this tool is to give database administrators a small and powerfull tool to “do stuff” on their databases, limited for now to browse the database schema and execute some SQL statements. Even though it still has some bugs, I use it regularly for my day to day needs.

The schema browser now displays database tables in a cloud style view which makes it easier to spot tables which have a lot of relations with other tables and to search, as shown in the following screenshot where the search highlights (in blue) tables beginning with “c”, shows the one having a “c” in a dark gray color, and almost hides the ones which have nothing in relation with the searched text:

tables list as a 'cloud'

The query editor can now propose a completion list when CTRL+Space is pressed, as shown in the next screenshot. Also note that each favorite query now displays the name of the favorite, the query type (SELECT here) and the variables used by the statement.

SQL editor completion

All of these improvements are now only available from the sources in git (git.gnome.org) but will be part of the next unstable release.

2 Responses to “GdaBrowser’s improvements”

  1. neriberto says:

    how can I try it? where to download ?

  2. vivien says:

    You can download the last release’s sources from http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/libgda/4.1, or for Windows the binaries at http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/GNOME/binaries/win32/libgda/4.1/. However for the completion feature, you’ll have to download directly from git as I haven’t made any release with that feature yet: git://git.gnome.org/libgda

    Compiling is just a matter of running the usual ./configure, make and make install.

    When version 4.2 is released (by the end of the year), it should be packaged directly by distributions (Libgda 4.0 usually already is).