[Clug-tech] Generating a database model
sgrover at open2space.com
Thu Nov 30 02:59:07 PST 2006
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Found a solution. 2 of them actually.
First is fabFORCE's DBDesigner4
(http://www.fabforce.net/dbdesigner4/index.php). However I don't know
if I would trust this tool. They've pulled their support forum, and
they say "we will not provide any support from now on" as a result of
spammers hitting their forums. Instead, they have rolled their efforts
(as I understand it), to MySQL's Workbench project.
Workbench can be found at
With the last link being the download page.
Workbench is in alpha phase right now, so will have a number of changes
in the near future (hopefully it's not dragged out). But the little bit
I've played with it... WOW! It's rather slick. And so far I've only
reverse engineered an existing database.
> This is more of a coding area, but with enough grey area to be
> applicable here I think.
> Does anyone know of a FOSS tool that can connect to an existing
> database, and generate database diagram (ERD)? I'm targeting MySQL for
> now, but finding something generic would be nice.
> I know that ERWin on the proprietary side (and after some large cash
> outlay) can do this, and I think Rational Rose can as well. But is
> there something on the FOSS side of the fence?
> I want to get involved in some projects, but need to understand their
> database models, which are at various degrees of documentation (but none
> seem to have a diagram available).
> Thanks for the input.
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