Thursday, July 31, 2008

MySQL Workbench 5.1: Mac/Linux support, and a new Query Editor

Mike Zinner, team lead for the MySQL Workbench team, just posted some screen shots for their up-and-coming new version of MySQL Workbench for the Mac.

Note the screen shot above for the new SQL editor, which will replace the old MySQL Query Browser.

Now, some of you may notice, that looks awfully like the query editor in NetBeans.

Yes, there is some crossover, and we've been talking with each other. It would be nice if we could just wave a magic wand and all this database tooling from Sun were in a single tool. But it's not that easy, particularly if one is written in C and one is written in Java. And it's not clear that's actually what we want.

Sometimes one size doesn't fit all. We need to think carefully about two different types of users: those who want an IDE that works with multiple databases and is focused on serious application development productivity, and those who don't necessarily want an IDE or don't want NetBeans, or Java, but do want a top-notch tool for working with MySQL.

Anyway, we're still discussing, and I hope to pass on what our final decisions are once we have them. Regardless of where we end up, you as the user are going to win with both an excellent IDE and a most excellent database tool.

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