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Any tool/app for browsing an unknown DB?

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  • Any tool/app for browsing an unknown DB?

    I'm some kind of a newbie with A5. I have it since more than one year but experimented too few (this should be an hobby for me: my job is different).
    I'd like to access an Informix DB (already got ODBC driver) for extracting marketing data (my friends use Strategix Software).
    Is there any tool or app that can help me navigate through tables, create views to aggregate data, and better understand how data is stored (considering I don't have any idea on how data is organized in that DB)?
    Hope my question is clear..
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    Re: Any tool/app for browsing an unknown DB?

    I am very happy with the product at I dont use Informix, but they support 10 and 11. They can reverse engineer your database and create a model.
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      Re: Any tool/app for browsing an unknown DB?

      A more generic database tool is DBVisualizer (need JDBC drivers). I like ERD Concepts for the very clean interface and for responsive support, but I have a licensed copy of TOAD, so sometimes I use it (more complete but also more complex).


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        Re: Any tool/app for browsing an unknown DB?

        If you do have the ODBC driver, you need to install it and setup a ODBC connection for informix, then you can create a new active-link table or pasive-link table in alpha five that will use the just created odbc connection. In that way you should be able to view the informix database.

        Creating an active-link does link the table in 'real time' which means if you do change anything on the active-link table it changes it directly on the real informix database, if you do use pasive-link table it makes a copy of the informix to the dbf table and what you changes does not affect the informix database.

        Another way you may see the informix database is thru Microsoft Access using the ODBC driver catalog, see this link

        The database manager that I use is database master, it does need the odbc driver to open informix table since it does not have native driver. This software is not expensive, is kind of easy to use and support is super. They have implemented most requests made by me and also quickly fix any bugs that may araise.