It was quite a challenge to develop version 0.9.4 during the year 2021 but we finally made it, the last pgModeler of the series 0.9.x is ready! This one has a vast set of improvements over 0.9.3, being 51 new features, 104 enhancements, and 73 bug fixes that will make a big difference in the overall usage of the tool. In this post, I'll make a recap of all key features introduced by the alpha and beta versions and talk about the end of the development cycle of the series 0.9.x and my expectations on the development of pgModeler 1.0 in the next year.
In preparation for the next major pgModeler release, the goal of this version was to bring only improvements and fixes to what was implemented until 0.9.4-beta, and thus it was done. pgModeler 0.9.4-beta1 brings a few entries in its changelog since we didn't have serious bugs reported in the past two months. So, I decided to make some polishing in several portions of the tool as explained in this post.
In the past 15 years, I was working hard on bringing one quality and reliable tool that could attend to the users' needs. Due to the amazing engagement of the community around pgModeler all this time, and believing that I have reached my main goal ahead of this project, it's time to give another important step: move onto the major version 1.0. In this post, I'll talk about some of my plans involving the development of the most important pgModeler ever, my current difficulties, and what to expect for the future of this project.
This version took a bit more to be released than I expected, but it's finally here. As with any other beta version, this one brings few new features since it is more focused on polishing all that made on alpha stages in preparation for the stable version (to be released later this year). One new feature brought in 0.9.4-beta is the ability to generate GRANT and REVOKE commands to set up new role memberships through the diff process. Another addition is the support for included columns, also known as non-key columns on indexes. This release also brings several improvements in the database design process and in the SQL tool improving the overall experience on that modules. I'll explain in this post everything about this release and the next steps in the development process, so don't miss it!
After two months of intense work, we finally made it! The last alpha release of 0.9.4 is ready bringing some important fixes, changes, and interesting new features. This version introduces the ability to export the database model in split SQL scripts either in GUI or CLI. Due to the introduction of a new syntax highlighting configuration, pgModeler now creates missing configuration files at startup avoiding breaking its execution, mainly when upgrading from an older release. The user is now able to drop databases quickly from the databases listing in the SQL tool without the need to browse them before performing the exclusion. Besides, a lot of changes were made in the files structure in preparation for pgModeler 1.0 that I'll start to develop right after 0.9.4. In this post I'll detail some key features of pgModeler 0.9.4-alpha1, so don't miss it!
It took almost half-year to conclude the first alpha release of 0.9.4 due to several problems I was facing. Anyway, I kept working on pgModeler at a slower pace and releasing snapshot buildings until we had reached an acceptable state of maturity for an alpha release. The main improvement of this version is the support for multiple layers as well as custom colors for these entities. Additionally, we have added the ability to change the colors of the canvas elements: grid lines, background color, and page delimiter colors. Functions and procedures can now use custom configuration parameters and transform types. Finally, there were important fixes too, which include the fix to the malformed SQL code related to triggers and functions, several patches in the database importing feature, the correct loading of changelog entries registered in a database model file, and much more. In this post I'll describe some of the improvements in detail, so don't let to read it!
Today, you not going to read about new features, bug fixes, and changes on pgModeler. Today, I decided to write this post to share a little bit of my personal life and all the problems I'm facing since this damn pandemic has started one year ago, at the same time I explain the important decision I took that will affect pgModeler for some time in 2021.
This was a long year of challenges, struggles, and concerns. Inevitably, the happenings during 2020 affected the development of pgModeler 0.9.3 but, fortunately, I've managed to deliver the stable release still in 2020 as I have promised months ago. This last release, as usual, brings only fixes for what was developed during the alpha and beta stages with minor new features. The whole set of changes of this release (considering the alpha and beta stages) has 242 entries being 61 new features, 102 changes/improvements, and 79 bug fixes. Finally, with this launching, we finished another development cycle and now I'm starting to plan the next move for this project. Details in the full post.
We are quite close to the end of another amazing development cycle with this last beta release of 0.9.3! This launch brings mainly bug fixes but to make pgModeler even more complete, we've added full support to procedures and transforms. Additionally to new things, pgModeler was improved in such a way to render database models more properly in high DPI screens. There were some important changes in the code generation and exporting too. For the former, the SQL code of the database object will respect the disabled status, which wasn't happening in previous versions. pgModeler has improved the diff process mainly regarding constraints. Also, default values and functions arguments containing JSON values are now properly formatted, avoiding problems saving the model. Keep reading the full post for more details.
Here we are again bringing another round of improvements to pgModeler. This release basically enhances what has been done in 0.9.3-alpha1 plus delivers an important and experimental feature: the partial diff. After a entire month exclusively dedicated to the implementation of that feature we finally have something usable. I really hope that users like this first version of the partial diff and find it pretty useful as I think it is! Other improvements brought in this release was the database import process being capable of creating sequences automatically when the columns refer them it from their default values. Additionally, the objects filtering widget introduced in 0.9.3-alpha1 was slightly redesigned by moving options to a popup menu in order to make the widget more compact and easier to use. The command line interface received lots of improvements too, from a simple menu redesign to the support to partial diff as well. Finally, seveal bugs were fixed in this release. The majority related to crashes but there was some bugs affecting mainly the database design. In this post, I explain in details the key changes in 0.9.3-beta. Don't miss it!