Managing a MySQL database in console mode can be quite a hassle, even for the more experienced individuals, as certain queries’ complexity can cause problems along the way and prevent you from obtaining the results you need.
However, there is a variety of tools willing to act as a graphical user interface for databases, to simplify their administration, and SQL Maestro for MySQL is one of them.
In terms of looks, the application is fairly accessible and easy to handle, the ‘Home’ tab enabling you to connect to an existing database or create a new one, on the spot, provided that MySQL is already installed.
A tree view structure displays the contents of the database, specifically ‘Tables’, ‘Views’, ‘Procedures’, ‘Indexes’, ‘Users’, ‘Processes’, ‘Variables’ and ‘Character Sets’.
After establishing the connection to the database or creating a fresh one, you can begin adding new tables. This can be done by inputting a name for it, then specifying its properties: engine, collation, partitioning type and several other options, depending on your needs.
Afterward, you will need to define the fields, SQL Maestro for MySQL allowing you to decide the name and type of the field, as well as size, precision, flags, default value, formula, and others.
You can define the primary key, create filters or generate an index on a specific column, as well as generate SQL scripts. You can also duplicate, rename or drop tables.
From the ‘Users’ tab, you can manage the type of access that a user has over all the queries they can perform, granting or denying them permission by checking or unchecking the corresponding box. A multitude of other tasks can be performed, enabling you to finish your job much quicker than through classic methods.
In summary, SQL Maestro for MySQL is a complex and reliable piece of software that database administrators can work with for creating and managing databases, with all the entailed tasks, significantly reducing the overall level of difficulty of the job.