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DbVisualizer vs MySQL WorkBench: What are the differences?

Key Differences between DbVisualizer and MySQL WorkBench

DbVisualizer and MySQL WorkBench are both popular tools used for managing and querying databases. While they have some similarities, there are key differences that set them apart.

  1. User Interface: DbVisualizer offers a clean and intuitive user interface with a customizable layout, allowing users to arrange windows and views to their preference. On the other hand, MySQL WorkBench has a more cluttered interface with limited customization options, resulting in a less flexible user experience.

  2. Cross-Platform Compatibility: DbVisualizer is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, providing users with more flexibility in choosing their preferred platform. In contrast, MySQL WorkBench is primarily designed for Windows users and, although it has limited support for macOS and Linux, the compatibility and performance may not be as seamless as in DbVisualizer.

  3. Database Connection Management: DbVisualizer supports a wide range of databases, including MySQL, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, and more. It allows users to easily establish and manage multiple database connections simultaneously. On the other hand, MySQL WorkBench focuses solely on MySQL databases, lacking the versatility of DbVisualizer in terms of connection management.

  4. Querying and Scripting: DbVisualizer offers advanced capabilities for querying and scripting, allowing users to write and execute complex SQL queries, create and edit stored procedures, functions, and triggers. Additionally, it provides convenient features like code completion, syntax highlighting, and result visualization options. MySQL WorkBench, although it supports basic querying and scripting functionalities, lacks the advanced features and flexibility of DbVisualizer.

  5. Data Modeling and Design: MySQL WorkBench shines in this aspect by providing comprehensive tools for database modeling and design. It allows users to create, edit, and visualize database schemas, generate entity-relationship diagrams, and perform forward and reverse engineering. DbVisualizer, on the other hand, lacks these advanced data modeling capabilities, making it more suitable for pure database management and querying tasks.

  6. Collaboration and Teamwork: MySQL WorkBench offers functionalities specifically designed for collaboration and teamwork in database development. It includes features such as version control integration, schema synchronization, and collaborative editing, making it a popular choice among development teams. DbVisualizer, although it supports basic collaboration features like shared database connections, lacks the extensive teamwork functionalities of MySQL WorkBench.

In summary, DbVisualizer provides a versatile and cross-platform database management solution with advanced querying and scripting capabilities, while MySQL WorkBench excels in data modeling and design, along with collaboration and teamwork functionalities. The choice between these two tools ultimately depends on the specific needs and preferences of the users.

Advice on DbVisualizer and MySQL WorkBench

I am looking to build an azure database that connects to my power bi application. Initially, I attempted to create an Azure SQL database, then realized I needed to have SQL Server Management Service in order to manage and connect between Azure SQL <=> Power BI, but since I am on a Mac, I had to use the complex installation as a workaround.

If MySQL Workbench can solve this (as the product is available on Mac), I am more than happy to proceed with this approach if it can achieve the same goal of connecting an azure database with my Power BI application

What I am trying to achieve is fairly simple: have an online cloud database that connects to my Power BI application

I am open to any other solutions as well

Thank you

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Replies (5)
Oded Arbel
MySQL WorkBenchMySQL WorkBench

As others have noted, MySQL Workbench cannot be used instead of Microsoft SQL Manager to manage Azure SQL (MS-SQL Server, I hate that Microsoft uses generic category names for their products).

If you're considering switching to MySQL (Possibly using Azure MySQL managed database), then please not that unlike MS-SQL Server, you do not need the MySQL Workbench to connect your application to MysQL: just use the correct driver for your stack, and you're all set (if your stack is using the .Net platform, use MySQL Connector/NET from: https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/ ).

If you do want to use a graphical interface to maintain your MySQL database, then MySQL Workbench is a great choice, but you are not limited to it - as others have mentioned, there is a plethora of competing graphical database management tools that would work just as well with MySQL - one of the advantages of choosing MySQL for your stack is the huge eco-system that is built around it.

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Lawrence Fernandes
Data Engineer at B2W Digital · | 1 upvotes · 196.4K views

Hello Could you give us a better idea of what Data Base Management System (DBMS) you are using at Azure? MySQL Workbench and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are tools developed to exclusively manage MySQL and SQL Server, respectively. If you need to manage multiple DBMS's from a single tool, I sugget you try DBeaver. There are also another alternatives: HeidiSQL, phpMyAdmin, etc. Regarding the DBMS itself, I suggest you stick with SQL Server. In my opinion it's more stable and has more features than MySQL - especially in the Standard and Enterprise editions. Regards, Lawrence

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Povilas Brilius
PHP Web Developer at GroundIn Software · | 1 upvotes · 196.8K views

As far as I know, MySQL Workbench doesn't handle Microsoft connections, including Azure, you should try Microsoft solutions such as MS VS Code.

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Erica Rowe
Tech Lead at eComEngine LLC · | 1 upvotes · 196.4K views

Microsoft provides an application known as Azure Data Studio that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux machines. It provides the ability to manage an Azure SQL database, as well as connecting to standard SQL Server databases. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/azure-data-studio/what-is?view=sql-server-ver15

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 1 upvotes · 196.2K views

Hi Aashwiin, Looking at your stack (https://stackshare.io/aashwiin82347/my-stack), it seems you are using Azure SQL Databases. I'll infer this is Microsoft SQL Server. Therefore, it certainly makes sense you stick with some of the official Microsoft Tooling to connect to it, query and administer it. You'd only be looking at MySQL Query Workbench, if you were running and connecting to a MySQL Database. - That said, could Azure MySQL (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/mysql/overview) be an option for you a this point? MySQL offers great performance. I have been running it at various companies (under AWS/RDS and AWS/Aurora) and have no reason to switch over to anything else. - Decision making-wise, how much do your want your local sql/mysql client to influence/weigh in your architecture/technology decisions, though? This can be a slippery slope. - Alternatively, other clients exist, such as "Table Plus" and allow you to connect, on Mac, to a variety of database servers, including SQL Server. It might be worth giving it a try.

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Decisions about DbVisualizer and MySQL WorkBench
Adam Taylor

We were looking a tool that would allow us to do MySQL and PostgreSQL development/administration from a single tool. We decided on Navicat Premium because it can connect to MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases - and simultaneously. It's also compatible with Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure, which we also use.

Moreover, we previously experienced the occasional freezing and crashing in MySQL Workbench. It also suffered from a poor design, with certain features being a bit difficult to find. Meanwhile, phpMyAdmin lacked schema visualization tools and seemed better suited to lightweight day to day transactions than some of the big jobs that we needed to do.

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