Few words about current status of 5.2 branch, its main feature Query Editor, and plans for nearest future about it. 5.2 is still in alpha stage, but we did good progress lately and plan to release beta version soon.
For v5.2.2 major efforts were concentrated on stabilization of existing functionality and code base. There are few improvements in Query Editor visible to end user, while a good bunch of bugs were revealed and fixed – thanks to community for bug reporting. Even more fixes/improvements were merged from 5.1 branch. While we continue to work on stabilization, we plan to add following features before transition to beta stage:
- Client side sorting
- Advanced editor for text fields of recordset
- Saving/retrieving BLOB values
- Option to propagate changes made to recordset to multiple DBMS instances
Keep an eye on new releases, your feedback is very valuable and helps a lot to come up with a development roadmap and reach product maturity much earlier. Please contribute your remarks for 5.2 and ideas for subsequent versions if you didn’t so yet: Forum: Collecting ideas for MySQL Workbench – SQL IDE
Along with evolving and documenting interface for writing Workbench plugins we think about community site which will make sharing and usage of plugins within community extremely easy. Conceptually it will be close to addons.mozilla.org. Users will be able to explore directory of published addons, read description and comments on them, quickly install and rate whatever they consider necessary. To install selected addon user will have just to drag’n’drop corresponding link to Workbench, and the rest will be done by Workbench. Every addon will be supplied with manifest file describing its version, dependencies on other addons (if any), files to be installed, menu items to be added, etc. Addon has wide definition, it could be a plugin (dynamic library), set of demo models, documentation, SQL scripts, whatever. Now things are nearly in the middle of development stage. If you have ideas on how to improve the process of sharing/publication/discussion/promotion of community written addons please let us know in dedicated forum http://forums.mysql.com/list.php?155. Help us to reach a maximum of usability with Workbench community site.
For all new contributors devoted to quality, FAQ was slightly updated with new section.
As most of you probably know now, Workbench supports two visualization modes: hardware & software based. Unfortunately automatic switcher was not in place by the time when beta version came out (will be fixed in a week), so some of you, who don’t have video subsystem supporting OpenGL v1.5, will encounter error on start when trying to run hardware based configuration. Note v1.5 is a minimum required version of OpenGL needed to start Workbench. You can get detailed information about your video subsystem using one of these tools: OpenGL-Extension-Viewer or GPU-Caps-Viewer. Both of them support export into xml file, so you can also easily attach your video configuration to your bug report when needed.