[seek-dev] Desktop SQL Tools is MS Office (std) and Open Office (RE: SQL db candidates for data query)
ludaesch at sdsc.edu
Wed Jun 30 04:07:46 PDT 2004
Thanks -- this is interesting. Indeed, in addition to other tools that
might be already in the making, your suggested use of eg Open Office
could work nicely with Kepler in a "loosely coupled mode"...
Steve Tekell writes:
> This may be a bit of a tangent, but I just wanted to point out that if
> someone just wanted a way to load a text file or other data files and run
> SQL queries against then there is a way to do this without writing any
> That is, both Microsoft Office and Open Office provide this functionality.
> Moreover, they provide visual query designers as an alternative to writing
> the raw SQL.
> This might not be useful for anything that you are trying to do now, but
> Open Office is free, so it's possible. And it might come in handy for
> I haven't worked with this in Open Office so much, but open a spreadsheet,
> go to Tools -> Data Sources and You will see that you can choose MySQL,
> ODBC, JDBC, Text and more. Then you can use the designer to create/execute
> SQL queries and toggle between design view and raw SQL.
> Also, in the past, I have integrated desktop office apps into an enterprise
> application so that users could have sophisticated ways of manipulating data
> without me having to try futility to do provide an equally robust GUI in a
> web app. We would just write scripts that would get/submit data to/from the
> enterprise application from within Office. That is, weren't using Office to
> connect directly to a database, but rather interfacing with our business
> logic tier. You could use XML, formatted text, serialized objects, etc.
> Anyway, just wanted to point out this functionality. I think a lot people
> may not know it's there, especially in Open Office. They assume you need to
> get Star Office or MS Office Pro which include their own databases to get
> this functionality.
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