Database GUI tools - Tree view vs Tabbed view

mrjoltcola
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This is a survey, for purpose of a GUI design, so each answer will get points.

Which do you prefer? The tabbed view (Toad's default), or Tree view (SQL Server Management Studio, SQL Developer, PL/SQL Developer and Toad's alternative view). Explain why.

Are there any alternative object browser approaches you'd like to see in the tool you currently use?

Thanks!

-mjc
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Walter RitzelSenior Software Engineer
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Tree view, for sure.
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I wanted to have all the available options ( can customize if we want to) like Toad offers. I'd prefer Tabbed view because you see all of them at one and less clicks.
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- are you into development of a new tool mrjoltcola?
- i prefer pl/sql developer design. there is treeview for object navigation, then tabview below the treeview of all the open editor window so its not so mess like other tool that display the tab on top of each editor.

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>>- are you into development of a new tool mrjoltcola?

Yes, I sure am. Starting with Oracle, then will expand it to multi-database support.


>>- i prefer pl/sql developer design. there is treeview for object navigation, then tabview below the treeview of all the open
>> editor window so its not so mess like other tool that display the tab on top of each editor.

Thanks, I also like PL/SQL Developer's approach.
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"Yes, I sure am. Starting with Oracle, then will expand it to multi-database support."
- cool! all the best! i hope EE members can have the opportunity to participate in you beta test stage :)
 
- btw i find the current approach of displaying all objects group in one treeview kind of common and its been in that approach for so long.  i'm suggesting to group these treeview object and display in outlook style side-bar menu or top-bottom accordion-style (mouse over). for eg table related object table, index, pk, sequence, procedure, function and etc in one menu-bar, then tablespaces related object in one menu bar, users in one menu bar and etc.
- the disadvantage of treeview is when we have so many to open we have to scroll up and down.

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Yes, absolutely. I will give a free license to EE experts. Email me offline for a private beta.

Thanks for the good suggestion. I also like the Office approach, and I agree, the Tree view has been done for so long, it makes me want to think of something better.

I think will give that a try!
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Thanks for the input. Going to stick with tabbed view for now, but am prototyping an Office style sidebar too.

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