If you like test-driving beta software, it’s a good time to be a Mac user. Not only is Intuit
looking for beta testers for Quicken 2002 for Macintosh, but Runtime Labs is looking for Mac users to test version 2.0 of MacSQL Monitor, which is slated for release in the first week of May.
MacSQL Monitor lets Mac users interact with MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, JDBC, and ODBC databases. The software, which runs on Mac OS 8.1 or greater (including Mac OS X), allows users to view database schema, issue queries, and import/export data from SQL databases, according to
MacTech magazine. The application is also AppleScriptable and includes sample scripts showing how it can be used to automate publishing with Quark XPress.
Version 2.0 will allow spreadsheet like viewing/editing of remote data, support for additional databases (Microsoft SQL Server, FrontBase, and OpenBase), and automatic generation of PHP, Perl, or JSP pages/scripts to handle simple Web-database interaction. Users will be able to work with a remote SQL database without knowing any SQL, the folks at Runtime Labs said.
Users interested in testing this upcoming version can find more details at the
beta testers site. The current version of MacSQL Monitor is 1.6.3 and costs US$40. Version 2.0 will retail for $99, with upgrades from 1.x available for $50. A time/feature limited demo version is also due shortly after the release of 2.0.
Meanwhile, Runtime Labs has also created a new mailing list,
macsql-talk, for the discussion of the product, as well as a general discussion of SQL on the Mac.