Friday, December 15, 2006
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: http://www.dbQwikSite.com/download.html
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
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
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
Today, TheDevShop released dbQwikSite 184.108.40.206, 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
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.
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
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
Friday, June 30, 2006
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: http://www.navicat.com/3rdparty.html
dbQwikSite users, who are seeking a rubust dedicated database tool for Navicat, shuold take a look at navicat.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
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 Qarchive.org by clicking in the graphic above.
Install in confidence!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
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: www.dbQwikSite.com
This blog is by the authors, but is for our users. Please to feel free to add your comments, praise, critisms, ideas, suggestions.