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Various annoying UI issues/missing features?

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Written by MikeSchinkel
6 years ago
Category: Feature discussion
13 posts since Sat, 11 Aug 07
First off, let me say Ilove HeidiSQL and am extremely grateful that it has been made available as open source. As such I hate even making suggestions or complaints. But if you are open to and actually want to hear them, I'll collect them up and make them here soon.

Most everything I'd really like would be small little issues that shouldn't take long to fix (i.e. a right-click option to generate a SELECT statement for a table into the Query window, ability to double-click on a table and have it's name show up in the query window like it current works with field names, multiple open query windows, question to ask "Save SQL in Window before closing HeidiSQL" when there is SQL code in the query windows, etc.)

I'm at the point where it would be more productive to move to a commercial tool, unless HeidiSQL would fix these (and several other) little issues. Let me know if you'd like the input.
Written by ansgar
6 years ago
4783 posts since Fri, 07 Apr 06
We surely appreciate input for new features. Only they have to be somehow reasonable not only for you but for all other users as well.

Would be nice if you could post each of them into our feature tracker .
Written by MikeSchinkel
6 years ago
13 posts since Sat, 11 Aug 07

anse wrote: We surely appreciate input for new features. Only they have to be somehow reasonable not only for you but for all other users as well.

Would be nice if you could post each of them into our feature tracker .



Okay, thank you. I will post them in the tracker and also mention them here.

And yes, I think the things I'd like are very, very reasonable. They are mostly little UI issues where it is currently inconsistent or just difficult to use, and commonly needed features like the ability to generate SQL code to the query window for a table or tables instead of just during export to disk file. IOW, everything I've previously wanted is already in HeidiSQL just not accessible in a convenient manner.

As I use HeidiSQL I will once again recognize those issues and I will post them on this forum, but also in the feature tracker. Would you prefer I add them to this thread, or post individual threads where for each feature?

Thanks again. HeidiSQL rocks!
Written by MikeSchinkel
6 years ago
13 posts since Sat, 11 Aug 07
Oh also, if it would mean that you could devote more time to improving HeidiSQL, I'd be happy to pay a reasonable price for a commercially licensed version if you were to go that route.
Written by ansgar
6 years ago
4783 posts since Fri, 07 Apr 06
Just post requests to our feature tracker. This forum is more the first stop and for general dicussions about new features.

(You might want to wait with your postings until we have finished moving the tracker from SF to another system. Not sure if we will loose some tracker items within that move, but who knows.)

Oh, and I'd be happy to spend more time on HeidiSQL, only to get a reaseonable timeline to finish all wishes on it. But I think I wouldn't get as much money out of it to buy all the things my wife wants :)
Written by MikeSchinkel
6 years ago
13 posts since Sat, 11 Aug 07

anse wrote: (You might want to wait with your postings until we have finished moving the tracker from SF to another system. Not sure if we will loose some tracker items within that move, but who knows.)



Okay, that's good. I really don't like SF's (lack of) usability.

anse wrote: Oh, and I'd be happy to spend more time on HeidiSQL, only to get a reaseonable timeline to finish all wishes on it. But I think I wouldn't get as much money out of it to buy all the things my wife wants :)



Oh, I think you might be surprised. I ran a developer tools reseller for 12 years, and there is a lot of money to be made in SQL tools. A LOT.

I could even potentially make an introduction to you to someone who sells MS-SQL tools who might want to add a set of MySQL tools to his product line; maybe he could market for you and pay you a royalty? If you are interested, let me know. BTW, where do you live?
Written by ansgar
6 years ago
4783 posts since Fri, 07 Apr 06
Well, HeidiSQL is open source and so not concentrating on profit (and won't ever do so), although donations are surely welcome :)
Written by MikeSchinkel
6 years ago
13 posts since Sat, 11 Aug 07

anse wrote: Well, HeidiSQL is open source and so not concentrating on profit (and won't ever do so)



Well, as a point of note, those two are not mutually exclusive. Just look at the success of MySQL itself as well as RedHat. Both continue to offer free open-source, but they also offer commercial licenses to companies that want to pay for commercial products.

Why would anyone want to pay? Those who have more money than time (think Fortune 1000, Goverments, etc.) and who also want to be able to expect business needs be addressed like support, professional consulting, certification, product roadmaps, aggressive enhancement schedules, and proactive development of userbase and 3rd party integrations.

wrote: , although donations are surely welcome :)



When I get myself out of the income position where I'm racking up debt (which is my current situation) into a situation that I'm paying down debt (which I plan to be in soon) I will definitely donate. (When you are bootstrapping a business w/o any startup capital, it can be financially challenging!)
Written by ansgar
6 years ago
4783 posts since Fri, 07 Apr 06

MikeSchinkel wrote:

anse wrote: You might want to wait with your postings until we have finished moving the tracker from SF to another system.



Okay, that's good. I really don't like SF's (lack of) usability.



You're welcome to add issues to the new tracker.
 

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