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#1 SpectralDesign.Net

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 03:03 AM

Hi!

I was trying out Umbrello, and it seems very clunky, and it crashed on me after only a few minutes...

Are there any good *nix (I'm using Ubuntu (Debian) linux) E-R modeling tools? Free, or otherwise? In a perfect world, It'd be great to have a tool that could help me build a visual ER model, and also have the ability to import a SQL structure dump, or export one as well!

Thanks in advance!
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 03:35 AM

I use Visio on Windows, it was free for me because of college. :) It doesn't exactly do traditional ER modeling, but it does have a nice setup that serves the same purpose.

There's a drawing program for linux called Dia that I use to draw real ER diagrams. It doesn't have a lot of nifty features, but it makes it possible to draw a competent diagram with some effort. Also it's open source and free as in beer.

[a href=\"http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/[/a]

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 05:21 PM

[!--quoteo(post=353508:date=Mar 9 2006, 10:35 PM:name=wickning1)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(wickning1 @ Mar 9 2006, 10:35 PM) View Post[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]
I use Visio on Windows, it was free for me because of college. :) It doesn't exactly do traditional ER modeling, but it does have a nice setup that serves the same purpose.

There's a drawing program for linux called Dia that I use to draw real ER diagrams. It doesn't have a lot of nifty features, but it makes it possible to draw a competent diagram with some effort. Also it's open source and free as in beer.

[a href=\"http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/[/a]
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Excellent! This is perfect... sure it'd be nice if it could import/export SQL structure but this is the next best thing! I spent a while trying to compile it, then having to step back to install perl XML:parser, then again stepping back to install pango, then I got an other "missing" error and checked the repositories for a package of Dia, which fortunately was already there (doh!)

(mental note - always check the repositories first!)

Thanks again, Wickning1!




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