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About SQL Query Builder

SQL Query Builder gives you the ability to use the simple graphical interface to build SQL statements and create views in a database. It includes graphical panes that display your SQL statement visually and a text pane that displays the text of your SQL statement. You can work in either the graphical or text panes. SQL Query Builder synchronizes the views so they are always current.

Features include:

  1. A visual interface to design queries
  2. Create joins with drag and drop
  3. The Grid pane to specify criteria
  4. Automatic SQL Statement generation
  5. Automatic field formatting
  6. Localization – specify your own labels
  7. SQL parsing – enter the SQL statement, and the diagram and grid will be populated
  8. Predictive Text

A visual interface to design queries & Create joins with drag and drop

Easily specify which fields you want in your query by selecting them with a checkbox next to field name. SQL Query Builder will also create joins between tables with relationships in the database. You can also create your own joins by dragging a field from one table to another field.

The Grid pane to specify criteria & Automatic field formatting

Use the grid to specify criteria, sort types, aliases, etc. SQL Query Builder will even format the fields automatically, e.g.:

You enter this: SQL Query Builder re-formats like this:
>=1-1-00 and <=31-1-00 >=#01/01/2000# AND <= #31/01/2000#
s* LIKE ‘s%’

Note: The above samples were done using an MS Access database.

Automatic SQL Statement generation

SQL Query Builder will generate the SQL Statement as you design your query.

 

Opening and viewing tables and views

Card view Grid view

When you open a connection to a database in the Object Browser, BaseNow analyzes the data about the database structure. The program finds information about tables, views, as well as all columns, indexes, and relationships and links between the tables.

To view the database elements, just click on the + sign in front of the connection name in the Object Browser. When you click on the table or view name, the data will be displayed in a grid.

Two ways to show the data

There are two ways to view data in BaseNow – Grid and Card view. Grid view displays the data in a typical spreadsheet format with rows and columns. Columns divide each record into several units. In a Card view, the records are displayed as cards where each card represents a record and each row in the card represents a column. You can also use the Records Editor to display and change records in a table.

Database Tools overview

BaseNow has database tools that can help you organize and filter the data. You can move data from one database format into another, create new databases, and organize objects within them. Deduplication tools organize duplicate data, enabling you to delete them or create a new table with all the duplicates. Every tool in the program can save the settings as a package. Thus, you can avoid entering the same information several times.

System requirements

Minimum Supported Configuration

•  Microsoft® Windows® 95 with the Y2K Update and Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 or later

•  Microsoft Windows 98 with the Y2K Update 2 and Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 or later

•  Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

•  Microsoft Windows Millennium

•  Microsoft NT® 4 SP5 (or greater) and IE 4.01 SP2 or later

•  Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server

•  Microsoft Windows XP Home and Professional

Hardware

486 or Pentium class computer with min. 32MB RAM

About exporting and importing data

In BaseNow, you can import and export data from a number of different database, spreadsheet, and text file formats. BaseNow provides tools for importing and exporting data to and from data sources, including text files, ODBC data sources (such as Oracle databases), OLE DB data sources (such as SQL Server), ASCII text files, and Excel spreadsheets.

Data may need to be exported or imported regularly. In this case, the data can be exported to a text file and then read by the application. Alternatively, you can copy data on an ad hoc basis. For example, you can extract data from a database  into an Excel spreadsheet running on a portable computer and take the computer on a business trip.

The program can connect to the database servers on a different locations using TCP/IP protocol and it allows data to be distributed across an enterprise, copying data between locations and synchronizing changes automatically between different copies of data. For more information, see Automate importing and exporting.

Known issues and bug fixes

BaseNow depends on OLE DB providers and ODBC drivers that provide a standardized access to a range of database formats. Some drivers/providers only partially support features you can expect from a relational database system. For example, you can open the text file and transform the data into some other format, but since the ODBC driver for text files does not support updating, it cannot be edited. There are many other similar issues. Below is a list of known limitations, all the bug fixes, and workarounds.

HotFix 1 for Windows XP Service Pack 1

HotFix 1 fixes the problem introduced by the Service Pack 1 for Windows XP. The program freezes when the certain windows are opened on a machine with Windows XP SP1. Click here to download the 300K file.

MySQL Instructions

I have created a web page where you can find instructions for connecting to MySQL using either ODBC or OLE DB. You can also find the links to OLE DB providers: http://www.basenow.com/html/opening_mysql_databases.asp

BaseNow Agent Dialog Box Error

You cannot configure BaseNow Agent service to work using a user account that does not have password in the BaseNow Agent Properties window. You need to use the Services window from the Control Panel/Administrative Tools. See this web page for more information.

Installing BaseNow Agent

On Windows NT/2000/XP systems BaseNow Agent service can only work using the user account that has administrator rights.

1. You need to be logged on using the user account that installed the program in order to setup BaseNow Agent.

2. Right-click BaseNow Agent in the Object Browser and choose ‘Properties’.

3. Enter the name and password of the active user account and press the OK button.

4. Right-click BaseNow Agent in the Object Browser and choose ‘Start’ to start the Service. If the user account does not have ‘log on as a service’ rights, you should open the Services window from ‘Control Panel/Administrative Tools’ and configure the service login information from there.

BaseNow Agent Automation Error

When installing BaseNow Agent service on Windows 2000/XP computers, you may get a “Automation error. Unspecified error.” error message. To fix that problem you should download the .reg file from this location. When you double-click it, it will make neccessary changes in the Registry.

If you use Microsoft Jet 3.51 OLE DB provider in copy/paste operations, the resulting tables will always have order of columns sorted alphabetically. Use the Jet 4.0 provider to fix this.

BaseNow cannot change the structure of Excel sheets, dBase and FoxPro tables.

To open Paradox databases, you should have Borland Database Engine installed (BDE). Download it from: http://info.borland.com/devsupport/bde/bdeupdate.html

BaseNow Agent

BaseNow Agent is a Windows NT/2000/XP service that works in the background and automatically executes the scheduled jobs. BaseNow Agent is an active, intelligent agent that plays an integral role in the management of the BaseNow environment. It provides a full-function scheduling engine and it allows you to schedule your own jobs defined in one of various database tools in BaseNow. BaseNow Agent is also compatible with and can also be used as a service on Windows 95, 98 and ME operating systems.

You can schedule an unlimited number of jobs in the BaseNow Agent, and if any of the jobs is not successfully executed, the Agent will inform the Operator (the person whose data you have entered) by e-mail or a net send command over the LAN.

BaseNow Agent can record the status of every successful or unsuccessful operation in the event log or text file, or use its internal database which you can later review in BaseNow.

BaseNow architecture overview

BaseNow consists of a set of components that work together to meet the data management and analysis needs. The topics in BaseNow Architecture describe how the various components work.

Topic Description
Introduction Highlights the main features of BaseNow.
Object Browser Describes Object Browser, the main navigation element of the user interface that displays all the connections to databases as well as all their elements.
Customized Grid Layouts Explains how to control the layout of every table or view using the Layouts toolbar.
BaseNow Agent Describes BaseNow Agent, a service that can automate all database operations.
Database Tools Describes the easy-to-use database tools provided with BaseNow.
Create Database Wizard Explains how Create Database Wizard functions and how it can create a complex database in just a few simple steps.
Import/Export Wizard Describes Import/Export Wizard that can transfer any set of data irrespective of its source or destination.
SQL Query Builder Describes SQL Query Builder, a graphical user interface for generating SQL Statements
Run SQL Describes the Run SQL tool that enables you to enter a SQL statement and execute it against the opened database connection in BaseNow.
Copy and Paste operations Describes the ability of the program to copy rows in a table into any database using Copy and Paste operations just like in any text processor.
Packages Explains the concept underlying the Packages and how the Packages can help in automating operations.
Table Designer Describes Table Designer, a tool for creating new and modifying the existing database tables.
Indexes Manager Explains how Indexes Manager can simplify the work with indexes.
Relationships Manager Explains how BaseNow works with relationships within databases.
Local Cursor Service Describes how BaseNow supports connections to databases located on servers within a LAN or over the Internet.
Records Editor Describes Records Editor, a dockable toolbar offering a unique user interface for entering and changing the data in the tables.