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EnterpriseDB: Developer Studio Menu
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The Developer Studio menu is fairly basic.  The most common tasks are duplicated on the toolbar just below the menu (Figure 5.4).

Figure 5.4: Developer Studio Menu and Toolbar


The File menu (Figure 5.5) allows you to add additional EnterpriseDB, PostgreSQL or Oracle databases. This feature is covered below. 

Figure 5.5: File Menu


The SQL Menu, Figure 5.6, allows you to open the SQL Interactive, SQL Terminal and Visual Explain windows.  Each of those will be covered, in detail, below.   

Figure 5.6: SQL Menu

If you are highlighting a table or view when you select this menu option, you may also choose View Data.  View Data will open a SQL Interactive window and automatically run a query selecting all data from the selected object.


The Tools Menu, Figure 5.7, provides Backup and Restore functionality.  If you have a stored procedure high-lighted in the navigator, you can also launch the PL Debugger.  

Figure 5.7: Tools Menu

The Tools menu also contains the Preferences option (Figure 5.8).  The Preferences dialog allows you to set your default transaction control and to configure your SQL Terminal command line.

Figure 5.8: Developer Studio Preferences


The Help Menu, Figure 5.9, launches your default browser and navigates to the Online Manual at  You can also view an About box with copyright information. 

Figure 5.9: Help Menu


The Toolbar, Figure 5.4, just below the menu, puts the more common functionality in an easy to access place.  The options from left to right are:

* Add a new server connection

* Refresh Node

* Create an object – depends on the node high-lighted in the navigator

* Drop an object – will drop the high-lighted object

* Launch SQL Interactive

* Launch SQL Terminal

* Launch Visual Explain

* Debug – Launch PL Debugger when a procedure is high-lighted

* Set Global Breakpoint – for Debugging

Right-Click, Smart Menu

All objects within the navigator pane have an associated smart menu.  To see the smart menu, highlight an object in the navigator pane and press the right mouse button.  At a minimum, the object will have the refresh command to refresh the node in the tree view. 

Some objects, such as tables, views and stored procedures have many items (Figure 5.10) from which you may select.  It is most often more convenient to use the smart menus rather than the top menu pane. 

Figure 5.10: Table Smart Menu


Developer Studio can be configured to connect to EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, PostgreSQL and Oracle.  The connection dialog is accessed from the File menu, the toolbar or by right-clicking on the Servers node in the navigator pane.

Choosing Add Server opens the Add Server dialog (Figure 5.11).

Figure 5.11:  Add Server Dialog

If you choose New, you will be taken to an empty new Server dialog.  Edit opens the same dialog with the information of the selected connection populated.  Copy will create a copy of the selected connection and Remove will permanently delete the connection.


This is an excerpt from the book "EnterpriseDB: The Definitive Reference" by Rampant TechPress.


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