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The Next Generation of Toad Data Modeler

written by Bert Scalzo, Product Architect and John Pocknell, Product Manager Quest Software, Inc.

Copyright Quest Software, Inc. 2006. All rights reserved.


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CONTENTS
DATA MODELING FOR DATABASE DEVELOPERS, DBASAND NOW DATA ARCHITECTS ...............................................................................................1 WHATS NEW IN TOAD DATA MODELER 3....................................................2 ALTER SCRIPT GENERATION .............................................................................. 2 MODEL COMPARE AND SYNC ............................................................................. 3 LOGICAL MODELING ....................................................................................... 4 ON-SCREEN EDITING ..................................................................................... 5 CHANGEABLE NOTATION .................................................................................. 6 EDITABLE SCREENS........................................................................................ 7 FOR MORE INFORMATION ...........................................................................8 RESOURCES.................................................................................................8 ABOUT THE AUTHORS .................................................................................9 ABOUT QUEST SOFTWARE, INC. ................................................................ 10 CONTACTING QUEST SOFTWARE ....................................................................... 10 CONTACTING QUEST SUPPORT ......................................................................... 10

Technical Brief

DATA MODELING FOR DATABASE DEVELOPERS, DBASAND NOW DATA ARCHITECTS


Toad Data Modeler is an easy-to-use and low-costyet powerfuldata modeling and design tool that is built for the individual developer, DBA and data architects. Toad Data Modeler simplifies the process of: Building complex entity relationship models both logical and physical Synchronizing models Generating complex SQL/DDL create and alter scripts Reverse-engineering legacy databases

Toad Data Modeler was built for database users that: Need an easy-to-learn product that doesnt require training Need an affordable product or want to extend their existing modeling capabilities Want to manage and document changes to an existing data model over time Want to synchronize the data model with the database on an ongoing basis Want to migrate data structures from one database version or platform to another

Many organizations do not perform data modeling every day, since enterprise, modeling solutions are too expensive and complex. Toad Data Modeler solves this dilemma.

The Next Generation of Toad Data Modeler

WHATS NEW IN TOAD DATA MODELER 3


Toad Data Modeler 3 represents a significant increase in modeling capabilities, compared to prior versions. The dynamic database, design tool brings many new and useful efficiency features that are accompanied by a completely new and intuitive user interface.

Alter Script Generation


This was probably the single most requested feature enhancement. It allows you to generate SQL scripts with ALTER commands to synchronize the data model and database.

Technical Brief

Model Compare and Sync


New to Toad Data Modeler 3 are intuitive and robust model compare and merge wizards (see screenshots below). Modelers can now easily compare and synch up separate models, with complete visual representations of the key differences.

The Next Generation of Toad Data Modeler

Logical Modeling
Toad Data Modeler 3 adds full support for logical data modeling. This is a major addition that facilitates both true business and technical modeling needs. Now, you can model your true business requirements and then transform that data model into a perfectly matching technical implementation, without losing any of the business context in the process.

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On-Screen Editing
A very exciting new feature in Toad Data Modeler 3 is on-screen object editing. Below, you can see that the Customer ID column can be easily selected from within the physical model and simply changed on the screen. This is a real time saver. Plus, you can copy, cut and paste items such as attributes and columns across objects as well as models. You can use the standard Microsoft Windows drag-and-drop shortcuts like you do in Windows Explorer. This is a huge productivity enhancing feature, particularly for large models where objects may need to share common items.

The Next Generation of Toad Data Modeler

Changeable Notation
With Toad Data Modeler 3, you can switch display styles between the very common Information Engineering (IE) and IDEF1X, a popular U.S. government standard. This is possible through the new and flexible architecture within the product. You can also add other notations as time goes oneven the Oracle CASE tools Barker notation. Below is an example of IDEF1X display mode. You simply need to open the main menus Notation item and select what you prefer.

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Editable Screens
Have you ever had the desire to modify the design of the application screen from which you work? Do you wish you could add your own dialog box or data entry field? With Toad Data Modeler 3 you canand its really easy. Save a favorite screen design by simply right-clicking on the screen and choosing edit.

Take a look at the default entity screen below. Lets say you dont like the empty space in the layout and you want to add some of your own information for data entry. Voil, the results are shown below. And it only takes about five minutes to make Toad Data Modeler 3 look and feel how you want it to.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION


To learn more about the Toad Data Modeler 3, visit: http://www.quest.com/Toad-Data-Modeler/

RESOURCES
Modeling Community web site: http://modeling.inside.quest.com/index.jspa Toad World community web site: http://www.toadworld.com/ Toad Data Modeler product information:
http://www.quest.com/Toad-Data-Modeler/

Toad Data Modeler trial download: Bert Scalzos blog:

http://www.quest.com/2_0/registration.aspx?requestdefid=10037 http://www.toadworld.com/Community/ExpertsBlog/tabid/67/BlogID/14/Default.aspx http://www.toadworld.com/Community/ExpertsBlog/tabid/67/BlogID/16/Default.aspx

John Pocknells blog:

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Bert Scalzo is a product architect for Quest Software and a member of the Toad team. He has worked extensively with Toads developers and designed many of Toads features, including the DBA module, Code Road Map and Code Xpert. Mr. Scalzo has more than two decades of experience with Oracle databases, starting with version 4, and served at both the Oracle Education and Oracle Consulting organizations. He holds several Oracle Masters certifications as well as bachelors, masters and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. Additionally, Mr. Scalzo holds an MBA and several insurance industry designations. He is also an accomplished speaker and has presented at numerous Oracle conferences and user groups. He is the author of four books: Oracle DBA Guide to Data Warehousing and Star Schemas, Toad Handbook, Toad Pocket Reference (2nd Edition), and Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle 10g & SQL Server 2005. You can reach Mr. Scalzo at bert.scalzo@quest.com or bert.scalzo@yahoo.com. John Pocknell is a product manager at Quest Softwares European headquarters in Maidenhead, UK. He has been with Quest since 2000, focusing on database design, development and testing product areas. John also spends significant time with customers at Toad and Oracle user group meetings throughout Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, promoting Toad and presenting Toad training courses. John has worked in IT for more than 20 years, primarily in Oracle-based application design and development. He is also an aeronautical engineer, with more than 10 years of experience as a business development manager delivering IT consultancy services and implementing quality assurance systems to the ISO 9001 standard.

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ABOUT QUEST SOFTWARE, INC.


Quest Software, Inc. delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and Windows infrastructure. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 50,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest Software is a leading provider of heterogeneous database management solutions for distributed systems, delivering award-winning products to simplify and automate the management of Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase and MySQL database platforms. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at www.quest.com.

Contacting Quest Software


Phone: Email: Mail: 949.754.8000 (United States and Canada)
info@quest.com

Quest Software, Inc. World Headquarters 5 Polaris Way Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 USA
www.quest.com

Web site

Please refer to our Web site for regional and international office information.

Contacting Quest Support


Quest Support is available to customers who have a trial version of a Quest product or who have purchased a commercial version and have a valid maintenance contract. Quest Support provides around the clock coverage with SupportLink, our web self-service. Visit SupportLink at http://support.quest.com From SupportLink, you can do the following: Quickly find thousands of solutions (Knowledgebase articles/documents). Download patches and upgrades. Seek help from a Support engineer. Log and update your case, and check its status.

View the Global Support Guide for a detailed explanation of support programs, online services, contact information, and policy and procedures. The guide is available at: http://support.quest.com/pdfs/Global Support Guide.pdf
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