Friday, December 15, 2006

dbQwikSite Full Trial Available

The long awaited Full Trial Edition of dbQwikSite is now available for download. This Edition allows you to try all the features of all editions of dbQwikSite. You can open, design and test on your PC. The only restriction is that the pages cannot be deployed (published). The generated pages are encrypted and run only in dbQwikWebServer, which is automatically installed when you install dbQwikSite.

If you don’t know about our versions, PE is a free version and doubles as a “Trial” version. However many features of the advanced versions (PRO and Ecommerce) are not available in PE. While this is not an issue for PE users who want a free tool, for the other group of PE users that want a way to demo more advanced features they could not do so. PE now does not have to do “double-duty” as a free “lite” edition and as a demo edition. I hope this opens the door for TheDevShop to make PE more tuned to it’s true target audience in the future. And for those of you who want a risk free test drive of dbQwikSite in it’s fullest capability, Full Trial is just the ticket.

You can download dbQwikSite Full Trial Edition from:

dbQwikSite MySQL and Database Enhancements

This week’s release of dbQwikSite directly addresses the area that users have the most problems with. Without a doubt, database connectivity is the single most troublesome area for new users. It is a hard issue to make “go away” because the reality is that dbQwikSite does not manage connections, Microsoft does… well Windows does. dbQwikSite just “uses” connections. The tough part for our developers is to make they whole “connection thing” seamless and transparent.

Unlike other applications that need only to connect to a dedicated database, dbQwikSite has to connect to any database you pick. To further complicate matters, that database may be on your PC, on a server on your network, or on a hosted server on the internet. The possible combinations become large; layer in security restrictions, on our PC, on your web server and on your host. Add to the mix that dbQwikSite can also “switch databases”, either at design or while publishing, you may begin to understand why connecting to databases is what Support hears about most often.

So what have we done to make life easier for our users? In this release, we have reworked our “front end” to Microsoft connection managers (ODBC and ADO) hopefully landing you where you need to be to define your connections. We have reworked the connection manager and the database connection wizard to help you define connections.

But that is not enough. Why? Because, if you are using the ever popular MySQL, on a commercial hosts the company may block remote connections for security reasons. Or working over remote connections may be simply too slow. Now we’re stuck! dbQwikSite wants to see your database to help you design your web pages. So now what? Our developers never rest until you are happy!

A few versions back we introduced a little tool to import MySQL script. This let you import a MySQL script to create a local “clone” of your database. You needed to create your MySQL script using phpMyAdmin, a popular web administration tool for MySQL. Little did we know that this utility would become so popular. In this release, we revamp this utility, with some major enhancements. The most important of the enhancements is the introduction of a “live” import. This allows you to connect to your MySQL database and clone selected tables to your PC. You no longer have to produce scripts, transfer them to your PC and import them, although this option still exists in the event that your hosting company refuses remote connections. We also beefed up the capability of this utility. We’ve added support for some of the more unusual data types of MySQL like ENUM and SET. We also reworked the data transformations to produce better data migration results. Little things like text values containing quotes, which can throw a data import sideways have been addressed in this release.

So as we roll Christmas Season, I hope that our support staff can take a well deserved rest, seeing fewer support issues. And for our users, who find, dbQwikSite in your Christmas stocking, here’s to a painless connection to your database so that you can discover all the great features inside dbQwikSite, without hitting any database connection turbulence.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Qwiksite Performance & MySQL Release

This week's release of dbQwikSite is This release is a minor release that addresses areas of designer performance. We have optimized the much of the interaction between dbQwikSite designer and the database. If you have complex queries , slow connections or large databases, you will really appreciate this release. You will see significant performance gains, up to 1000% in some areas!

If you work with dbQwikSite, you likely know that you can import MySQL databases to a local copy to design offline, and speed database performance while designing. We have reworked to MySQL import. We have completely eliminated the need for myODBC on your computer. We by upgrading our MySQL connection technology, we have increased the reliability of connecting to MySQL. Previously you needed to export MySQL to a script to import it. Now you can connect live to MySQL to import your tables, as well as import from scripts if your hosting block MySQL connections. The import itself has been significantly improved to address a wider variety of data types. Working with copies of remote MySQL databases has become a lot easier with this release.

Friday, November 24, 2006

dbQwikEdit Longer Trials, Oracle & Performance

Today we release dbQwikEdit We have updated the way the shareware trial works. Previously you could trial 7 days and then that was it. Many users were keen for longer periods. We have now changed the trial. Just like before there is a 7 day period where you can use the software without any restrictions. After a week, you are limited to 500 rows in result sets, and after a month the program goes into "read only" mode lowering the row limit to 100 rows and visual query table to 2 tables. If you’re still using it by then... maybe time to think about buying... wink wink.

This is also a maintenance upgrade concentrating mostly on improving support for Oracle databases and some performance enhancements in the user interface. Issues with incompatibility of generated SQL statements with Oracle have been resolved. We also took some time to see if we could speed up some operations in the interface. There is a lot we improve in this release. We addresses issues that may have been affecting users who are working on larger databases or using remote connections.

Monday, November 20, 2006

dbQwikSite Version Released

A "Dedicated to Quality" Release
Today, TheDevShop released dbQwikSite, this is a maintenance release. The release addresses errors that have been popping up now and again as you work. Depending which features you use, running auto-update may add more stability to your work sessions. Development is continuing on their "Dedicated to Quality" effort with this release. Remember that you have an important role in this effort. If one of those "strange" error messages pop up and wants to send us an email. Please let it do so. Our Committed to Quality program is really paying off and taking the guess work out of bug fixing. The net result is a better product for you.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

dbQwikSite to work with your Favorite HTML Editor

What's going on in development? Plenty! One of my favorites is 3rd party HTML editor integration. If you use Dreamweaver, CoffeCup, FrontPage and any other HTML editor, you likely have grown to love it and are comfortable working in it. Wouldn't it be great if you could do your HTML "bits" in your favorite HTML editor seamlessly from dbQwikSite? It's on the way! We are adding "round trip" HTML editing support as I write this article.

The first release will offer support for launching your HTML editor, from any of the dbQwikSite dialogs that have the "HTML" edit button. You are no longer limited to using our embedded HTML editor of course this option still remains. You don't have to have an expensive HTML editor, but if you do, then you can use it from inside dbQwikSite.

There more, the R & D team is working on "exposing" dbQwikSite items in HTML format so that you can easily integrate them into your pages. What does this mean? Let me give you an example. Say you have a dbQwikSite Add Page in a group called "Invoices", if you want to link to that page from an outside page you need to put special tags and URLS into your HTML page that get translated to real page names during code generation. What we are working on now is generating a "catalog" page of the special tags and urls so you can just copy and paste these without having to know all the special syntax.

The next level of integration is directed toward Dreamweaver users. We are busy in R & D testing how far we can carry integration, but we are looking at things like add-ins to let you reference dbQwikSite pages, dialogs for building dbQwikSite Record Layouts, and possibly even adding new pages and groups to dbQwikSite from inside Dreamweaver. Stay tuned for more insider information on this exciting development.

dbQwikSite 4.2 Released

We added lots of "stuff" in 4.2 including a neat new feature that makes your page preview "clickable" making altering design properties much more intuitive. This is a free upgrade to all version 4 users, available via the live upgrade option in the help menu of dbQwikSite.

We seem to have had a bit of bad luck with old code sneaking back into our build process resulting in a rise in bugs. But the team is aggressively attacking these and many have been addressed already. If you are using dbQwikSite be sure to run live update weekly for the next little while to make sure that you are getting all the latest fixes. Along these lines we have also added an error reporting feature to the program to help the developers kill these bugs. If you see a strange pop up about errors and it wanting to send tech support an email, this is not a virus. Please help us out and do release the error report to tech support. We will get rid of these nasty bug for you and ensure that you get the most from your software.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

dbQwikSite PE Registration Now Optional

As privacy issues are a rising concen TheDevShop has dropped the requirement for users of the free personal to register before using the software. Instead user can choose to register for support and product update information and may choose if they want to receive newslettes and other communications.

By giving the users the option, they can now decide, if and when they wish to identify themselves to TheDevShop. Registration is encouraged because this is the best way to know when program updates are available without manually checking every day. Support policy will change, only users that identify themselves will qualify for support simply because suport is offered via email and it is impossible to render support without a valid email address.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

New Release

Just released this Friday (July 14, 2006) revision This is our latest release with a number of bug fixes. A lot of small bugs have been addressed. One major area that we addressed is in the mySQL import function and in the database wizard. This version also introduces our server based notifications helping you stay up to date with important anouncements and upgrades availability. It is also our first step to eliminating PE registration. We hope to remove the need to register PE in the next few months.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Navicat Recommends dbQwikSite

Navicat, the leading mySQL database tool recommends dbQwikSite to thier users.
Just a couple days ago PremiumSoft makers Navicat droped TDS an Email, keen to offer dbQwikSite to thier user base seeking PHP/mySQL web page generation. dbQwikSite is the first product that Premiumsoft has selected to offer to thier user base. You can find dbQwikSite listed on navicat's site at:

dbQwikSite users, who are seeking a rubust dedicated database tool for Navicat, shuold take a look at navicat.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

dbQwikSIte Tests Virus Free

dbQwikSite PE Edition Antivirus Report

dbQwikSite PE is a popular download for many. While we always check our downloads sometimes it is nice to have a second opinion. You can verify that our download is safe for your computer with by clicking in the graphic above.

Install in confidence!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Developers Swatting dbQwikEdit Bugs

Seems that the Dev team has been busy on dbQwikSite. Now attention shifts to dbQwikEdit to clean up some bugs that we have noticed in in house use. 3.0 is a good release, 3.1 should addresss some issues and make the product a little nicer to live with. If you have any comments on bugs, add them as comments to this post, or post them directly to our knowledge base.

Monday, June 26, 2006

dbQwikSite 4.1 Released

dbQwikSite has released version 4.1. While it is a minor release on the version number it is a major release of functionality. Tons of new features are in this release.
For those who don't know dbQwikSite, it is a database web application generator generating ASP and PHP. Works with most databases... yes mySQL too!

The best place to get info is:

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