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Get to Know MySQL Workbench

Mar 17, 2010, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"If you are a database administrator or designer you know that the right tools can make your job remarkably easier. Now many dbas and dbds prefer the good ol' command line? After all, that's how MySQL was intended to be used, right? Right? Although MySQL works exceptionally well from the command line (it's not as hard as one would think), having a solid GUI tool just opens the user up to learning more powerful tasks and getting more work done faster.

"The one GUI tool that most people are accustomed to (with regards to MySQL) is the MySQL GUI Tools Bundle. It's a very user-friendly GUI that really does make the task of database creation/administration easy. But that tool is going away (read the full EOL announcement here). Upon first glance I thought the MySQL team had made a big mistake. After all, how could they replace MySQL Administrator with something even better to use? Well they could and they did. Not only did they replace the Administrator, they replaced all of the "Bundle" tools with a single, cross-platform, user-friendly tool. MySQL Workbench.

"The MySQL Workbench tool is a power-user's dream come true. But before you delve into the serious power of this tool, it's best to know some of the basics of the tool. In this article I am going to show you how the task of creating a MySQL database is made simple using the MySQL Workbench."

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