Re: Becoming part of Gnome Office

On Mon, 2002-12-30 at 21:11, Brian Bruns wrote:
> On 30 Dec 2002, Rodrigo Moya wrote:
> [snip]
> > On Mon, 2002-12-30 at 19:18, Martin Sevior wrote:
> > > Could libgda be extended to to include gmdb as a data source? That way all 
> > > the other gnome-office applications would have access to *.mbd files. This 
> > > could significantly enhance the ability of Gnome-office to inter-operate 
> > > with MS Office particularly in Business settings which make extensive use 
> > > of MS Access. I see this as a significant advance where everyone wins.
> > > 
> > > gmdb gains more users, libgda gains more users, AbiWord and Gnumeric gain 
> > > more users.
> > > 
> > yes, that's the plan, there is a libgda provider that uses libmdb to
> > access MS access files. So far, it is able to read the tables in the
> > database and little more, but I'm working on it. Apart from that, the
> > big thing missing is the write support, which is in the TODO list for
> > libmdb.
> Actually, I'm working on 'update in place' writes as we speak, which are 
> the easiest cause we don't touch allocation or indexes for those, and it 
> gives us a base to build from, so it's coming. Anyway, my time is limited 
> and these are the areas I'm trying to work on.  
cool, that sounds great!

> > That is, all libgda apps will have access to MS Access files via the
> > libgda provider that uses libmdb (part of mdb-tools). That's why I was
> > talking about gnome-db being a competitor for gmdb, since it will also
> > support access to MS Access files.
> But where my point comes in, is that Access is a bit different from say, 
> mysql or postgres or the big databases, in that it is a development tool 
> and runtime as well as a simple database and these are the things that 
> gmdb (I guess I need a more catchy sounding name eh?) will be geared 
> towards.  So Gnome-DB (correct me if I'm wrong) will probably never handle 
> something so specific to one database and out of the realm of traditional 
> databases.
> I imagine the SQL window and couple other functions will be subsumed by 
> the libgda provider, but then we'll also have recovery tools for corrupt 
> databases and some other really neat things bundled in.
yes, that sort of tools are too access-specific, which I don't think
we'll be providing in gnome-db.


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