Apart from being free and not dependent on DBMS SQL is a cross platform tool as well. Any operating system that supports java will run the tool because it is written in java. The main role of the tool is to run SQL scripts and this is on either interactive or batch platforms. Editing, deleting and direct inserting of data on the query result. Export commands for writing text files is an added feature that deals with XML, HTML and SQL. From an external directory one can import data or files including those of compressed nature with the prompt of a command.
If you are in need to have two databases compared , the tool can do just that to reveal the differences ,more to this is that the XML output can be transformed into a fitting SQL ALTER statement through the use of XSLT. When one has two databases that need to be integrated into one ,it’s necessary to have some information to guide which data base will go into which, SQL workbench enables the comparison of two databases and give statements that guide the migration of one statement to another. With some set of command the tool will efficiently format SQL statements and also search for data across columns. When it comes to SQL statements, the tool can auto complete tables and columns with the appropriate commands in place.
The SQL tool will also do variable substituting in SQL statements and this gets even better, the tool comes with it smart prompting for values . The display of objects and their definition is part of the features that the tool comes with. In an event where a table has been imported and is a component of the database,the tool has a feature that shows the source of the table. Importation of tables might bring with it some mishaps and the SQL workbench will display the constrains.
The SQL work bench comes free as all you have to do is get online and download it from the certified source. Java eight plus is necessary to run the program on your computer so before running the SQL work bench ensure that you have that version of Java . Downloading SQL Workbench is the obvious next step if you did not have the program, one should ensure that they download the latest and the most stable version and when you have it , run it. The third step involves getting another program with which the SQL will work with , this is the postgreSQL plugin which also has to work with Java 8+.
With a ready working tool one needs to connect to the server and here you need to ensure that you name your connection as one will be prompted. With everything ready to go one is free to run tests just to prove that the SQL tool is running as it should. It’s advisable to keep checking for any updates on the program as it’s easier to be using the latest software in the market.