Welcome to our new blog series, Improving the Daily Life of a Database Developer. This series will examine several of the most common database development tasks, and describe how to accomplish them quickly and productively through a single integrated development environment (IDE), across a wide variety of both traditional and emerging database platforms.
The IDE approach to database development holds the greatest promise for ease of use, a short learning curve, and consistency across database platforms. Automating and simplifying common tasks enables database professionals to work more efficiently and spend more of their valuable time on mission-critical activities. This week, we focus on connecting to the database server.
A connection to the database server is the starting point for any database operation. DB-Engines tracks almost 350 different DBMSes currently in use, and while few organizations use that many, database administrators are often responsible for multiple instances on two, three, or as many as half a dozen different DBMSes. Furthermore, the databases could be RDBMS, NoSQL, or cloud-based.
Server details, authentication details, and location information vary among database types. A common graphical user interface (GUI) is helpful for connecting to, or registering, a wide variety of database servers. This simplifies the first point of contact by making it unnecessary to hunt down different formats for entering username, password, host, port, and database name.
Through the GUI, it is possible to connect to dozens of the most frequently used database servers, including their different versions. This eliminates the need for the developer to research connection requirements for each. The Integrated Development Environment (IDE) approach accommodates advanced parameters and different drivers, permissions, and scripts for each connection.
By storing the registration details for each database server, teams can also share connection files so that each user need enter only the password for the initial connection. This simplifies database access through the IDE tool.