Following the path to the stable release, today I present to you pgModeler 1.0.0-beta. The main focus of this release is to remove the support for PostgreSQL 9.x which has not been maintained for over a year. This release also brings minor improvements in several parts of the tool. Now, the data dictionary displays information related to indexes, triggers, and sequences used in the tables, making the generated file much more complete from the documental point of view. Another improvement was the ability to generate SQL code split in the command line interface which allows generating SQL by objects in separate files. In the model design area, the magnifier tool has improved to allow better object interaction. As part of the continuous enhancement in the UI and usability, navigating through form fields using shortcuts and tab keys has been improved to be much more consistent and intuitive compared to previous versions. These and some other fixes and changes are detailed in the full post, don't miss it!
Since the main focus of this release was to improve even more the UI, we had to work on the refactoring of the codebase to use Qt 6 which has lots of enhancements compared to the previous major version. So, after 2 months of work, pgModeler is now completely ported to Qt 6. So, attending to some requests, pgModeler received the ability to change the icon sizes to fit different screens in a better way. Still in the responsiveness subject and using the Qt 6 improved high DPI screens support, pgModeler allows the use of custom UI scale factors which adjust the entire user-interface rendering depending on the screen that the tool is running. Another enhancement that is worth mentioning here is that the columns/constraints propagation mechanism was completely rewritten which resulted in a noticeable performance gain and now solves an old problem of columns/constraints created by identifier relationships not being added or even disappearing in certain circumstances. More details on the full post.
After four long months of working, we finally have the first alpha release of pgModeler 1.0! The main goal of this version was to boot up a series of deep improvements in the UI adding visual comfort while using the software. So that was done, this one brings redesigned UI elements and colors, a completely new icon set, and officially introduces the new project logo. As promised, pgModeler 1.0.0-alpha brings a responsive UI adapting the widget sizes and icons according to the screen's resolution. Also, we now have the support for color themes which can be toggled on-the-fly in the appearance settings. I'll explain more about what's new in the full post, don't miss it!
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!
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.