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Connectivity:Usability

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Connectivity Usability Page

It has been voiced that the connectivity framework is a bit awkward to use and that it could be simpler. These are rather vague comments which don't provide much insight into what is wrong with the framework or how it could/should be corrected. This page has been created to try to understand the awkwardness and complexity of the framework.

Areas of focus are:

Please be as honest as possible, and brutal as necessary (we've got thick skin). Also, keep in mind that providing specific examples will help us better understand your comments and suggestions.

Our goal is to use this page to improve the usability and user experience of the connectivity related features within DTP.

General Issues

Complexity

There are too many steps required to create a connection:

  1. Create a driver instance
    Available through a preference page or a shortcut from most connection profile new wizards.
    1. Specify a driver type
    2. Specify driver jars
    3. Specify driver class
    4. Specify default connection URL
    5. etc.
  2. Create a connection profile
    1. Specify a driver instance
    2. Specify connection specific properties
  3. Connect to the server
    1. Locate newly created connection profile in DSE
    2. Right-click-->Connect...

Suggestions

  • Create default driver instances. These would be available at startup, but the user might have to fix the paths to the JAR files.
  • Create custom connection profile wizard/property pages for each vendor DB. This would greatly reduce the number of drivers displayed when browsing for a driver. It also allows connection information to be specified in a vendor specific format. (We'll be updating the Derby connection profile wizard to do this, 163614.)

Driver Definitions

Too Many Drivers

This list of available drivers can be a bit long and hard to navigate.

Suggestions

  • Add filtering to the list.
  • Flatten the list (so it's displayed as a list instead of a tree).

Connection Profiles

Data Source Explorer (DSE)