Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Webinar: Introducing MySQL Workbench

September 16, 10:00 am PST, 1:00 pm EST, 18:00 GMT

I'm proud to inform you that I will be hosting a MySQL Workbench Webinar, September 16. You can find the announcement right here.

I have spent quite a deal of time testing MySQL Workbench. Thanks to the hard work of the MySQL Developer Tools Team, the tool just becomes better and better each new build. Personally, I think it is high time to present its features and benefits in a web seminar, and when Giuseppe asked me to do it, I was more than happy to oblige.

I'll shortly post an outline of some of the key features I will be presenting. Most likely, I'll address a number of issues I've seen recurring on the MySQL Workbench Forums, but I also intend to demonstrate a number more advanced features that I hope will benefit DBAs as well as Developers.

Stay tuned ;)


Arjen Lentz said...

So when are Linux and Mac versions coming?
Workbench site says "in 2008" so I presume that's a schedule from 2007.... how's it looking now?

rpbouman said...

Hi Arjen,

Well, I don't have a magic orb to predict the future, so I can't say for sure. I guess we'll have to make do with the next best thing, which is first hand information from the lead of the MySQL Developer Tools Team, Mike Zinner.

According to Mike, an initial alpha version for Linux will be out at the end of September 2008. This version will not support the full functionality, but will include basic features.

So, stay tuned! We'll be very glad indeed to receive your feedback on all versions of MySQL Workbench, including the current current windows GA and upcoming Linux alpha versions.

kind regards,


mdahlman said...

It was an interesting webinar; I learned some things about the Workbench that I didn't know before. It still has a way to go before its features start to match something like PowerDesigner. But then it's really not fair to compare it to something that costs 30 times more (infinitely more than the Community Edition!).

I feel that it's still tough to layout even a moderately sized model (60-70 tables) nicely. Letting the user control the location of relationship lines better would be a huge benefit.

And I was glad to see that you've got your priorities well balanced on the desktop: DBDesigner, Cygwin, Civ III, Half-Life Deathmatch, Sakila, Call of Duty, etc. ;-)


rpbouman said...

Hi Matt,

I'm glad you liked the Webinar. I agree with your assessment regarding Powerdesigner: currently MySQL WB does not have so many features, but then again it is quite reasonably priced.

I have filed a feature request for the free routing, and this will be addressed by the WB team in the next major version.

I understand the problem you are experiencing with 60 / 70 table models. However, what I would recommend is to create multiple diagrams within the same model. In most cases, database models have clearly defined modules that remain fairly isolated when querying the database. I would create a separate diagram for each of those.

Concerning my desktop: yeah, I probably should've set up a separate account for the Webinar but it didn't happen :)


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