Toad for MySQL 2.0 Free for Download

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-05-15 Print this article Print
With the open-source MySQL database gaining ground in larger enterprises, companies are looking to give developers more sophisticated tools.

Quest Software on May 8 announced that is has made Toad for MySQL 2.0, a feature-filled, full-production database development tool kit, available for free download.

"This gives MySQL developers and administrators better manageability and more flexibility, resulting in better performing and more scalable MySQL databases," said Gary Goodwin, Toad product manager for Quest, in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

New features in Toad for MySQL 2.0 include Version Control Integration, which allows users to quickly check in and check out code from within the editor, reducing the risk of errors, and Macro Record and Playback, which records and plays back keyboard commands, enhancing usability and reducing manual effort.

In addition, Database Browser reorganizes and manages objects and object types, Code Snippet Editor enables the user to create and alter code snippets to expand and collapse code blocks—allowing for faster navigation—and Security Manager offers the ability to permit or restrict user access to specific features of Toad.

"[Toad for MySQL] is a serious tool for serious database development and administration," said Boyd E. Hemphill, a MySQL consultant for Live Oak Interactive, in Round Rock, Texas. "I rely on it to craft very difficult SQL statements in an efficient manner, test migration scripts and quickly look up information about large schemas."

In late 2005, Oracle released Oracle SQL Developer, which is similar to Toad but aimed at proprietary enterprise SQL databases. In March, the Redwood Shores, Calif., company released a freely downloadable version of the tool kit. Oracle SQL Developer was downloaded 76,000 times through March and since has been averaging about 10,000 downloads per week, said company spokesperson Eloy Ontiveros.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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