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  • 1.  how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hi All,
    The customer asked how to use the comment function to describe tables and columns in Informix.
    I explained that Informix does not provide the ability to write comments for tables and columns.
    How do other customers using Informix manage specifications on tables or columns? ERD or Excel?

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    SangGyu Jeong
    Software Engineer
    Infrasoft
    Seoul Korea, Republic of
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  • 2.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago

    Hi my friend !

     

    I implemented  a tables and columns documentation system in KandooERP (www.kandooerp.org), which comprises a couple of tables added to the database (table_documentation and column_documentation) + Kandoo programs that handle them + direct access to the SchemaSpy utility (Open source free schema tool)

    Here are a few screenshots

     

     

    PM me if you want to know more.

     

     

     

    Eric Vercelletto
    Data Management Architect and Owner / Begooden IT Consulting
    Board of Directors, International Informix Users group
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  • 3.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hi Eric & SangGyu.

    I started to do something similar when I was at Garpac (good grief! Over 20 years ago!).  I had started to write a 4GL program that would help a user build the table and every blessed column with a comment.  That is 2 tables: table_comments and column_comments.  But I left before it got any serious traction.  My next job kept me busy for a couple of years and I just forgot about it until now.  Alas, another life regret..  :-(


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    Jacob Salomon
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  • 4.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Some use ERD systems others create their own data dictionaries. I built one years ago for the firm I was working at in 4GL. Still have that code I think.

    Art





  • 5.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hello Art,
    Thanks for the reply.

    Korean developers and system administrators generally prefer 'erwin' as a program for ERD.
    Of course, customers can use other programs or web interfaces that I don't know.

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    SangGyu Jeong
    Software Engineer
    Infrasoft
    Seoul Korea, Republic of
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  • 6.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    BTW, there is an existing RFE for that, that has only 3 votes. You want it? you vote for it!

    https://ibm-data-and-ai.ideas.aha.io/ideas/INFX-I-369

    The schemaspy dev team is ready to plug such an implementation in SchemaSpy. We did implement with 'my' system and it works like a charm

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  • 7.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hi Eric,
    Thanks for your suggestion!
    My customer manages several types of databases (Oracle, Tibero, MariaDB, etc.) and they seem to be wondering if Informix also provides COMMENT functionality.
    I need to ask if my customer needs a program to manage comments in Informix's tables and columns.

    And thanks for sharing the voting link for the comment feature!
    There are two feature request links, but the voter turnout is lower than I thought.

    https://ibm-data-and-ai.ideas.aha.io/ideas/INFX-I-17
    https://ibm-data-and-ai.ideas.aha.io/ideas/INFX-I-369

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    SangGyu Jeong
    Software Engineer
    Infrasoft
    Seoul Korea, Republic of
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  • 8.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago

    In fact I created the first one #  17 ��

     

    Getting old here

     

    Cheers

     

    Eric

     

    Eric Vercelletto
    Data Management Architect and Owner / Begooden IT Consulting
    Board of Directors, International Informix Users group
    IBM Champion 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020
    ibm-champion-rgb-130px

    Tel:     +33(0) 298 51 3210
    Mob : +33(0)626 52 50 68
    skype: begooden-it
    Google Hangout: eric.vercelletto@begooden-it.com
    Email:
    eric.vercelletto@begooden-it.com
    www :
    http://www.vercelletto.com
    www  https://kandooerp.org

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  • 9.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago

    Hi,

     

    Thanks for those links to the RFE's, I've just voted and commented :)  - been hoping for years that something would come along to enable us to document our databases.

     

    Regards,

    Bryce Stenberg

    IT Department

    Harness Racing New Zealand

     






  • 10.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Bryce,
    There are other ERD tools, but I think it would be useful to have COMMENT functionality in the database.
    I hope the feature will be implemented soon.

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    SangGyu Jeong
    Software Engineer
    Infrasoft
    Seoul Korea, Republic of
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  • 11.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    I'm on the RFE site now as per your link.  How do I upvote?  I don't see an icon or ling for that.

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    Jacob Salomon
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    Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.  --Attr: Yogi Berra
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  • 12.  RE: how to manage comments for tables and columns?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hi Jacob,
    To vote, just click on the letter in the picture below. Click it and you will see a window to enter your email and name.



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    SangGyu Jeong
    Software Engineer
    Infrasoft
    Seoul Korea, Republic of
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