Re: [gnome-db] getting started

> On Mon, 2004-08-30 at 13:48 +0200, Murray Cumming wrote:
>> > On Sat, 2004-08-21 at 00:02 -0700, Kevin Reeder wrote:
>> >> Hi I've just installed gnome-db on my redhat system and am getting
>> >> familiar with how it works. Is there a FAQ anywhere? I'm running
>> >> Mysql on the localhost, and the problem right now is connecting my
>> >> data sources. This seems to require the gnomedb-mgr prog but I
>> >> don't find it on my machine.
>> >>
>> > this is very old, don't use gnome-db, use mergeant (
>> > instead, or glom (
>> Glom is not useful for creating data connections/sources. It uses only
>> PostgresSQL and it stores the connection information separately from the
>> regular libgda data connections.
> what's the reason for only accessing PostgreSQL?

It's mostly because of

1. The non-standard SQL that you need to use when changing column types
and casting data when converting column types. You have added some
functions to do this recently in libgda but I am not confident that they
can be implemented usefully for most backends. But it would be sensible to
try to use them at some point.

2. Glom developers/users should not care what backend is used, so I remove
the choice. Glom is for creating and using new databases, not accessing
existing non-Glom databases.

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