MySQL WorkBench is the open alternative from #MySQL for the DataBase Administrator, DBA, and also for the non-DBA that need to work directly with databases.
A few months ago ORACLE published the 6.0 beta version of this tool, with new features and improvements (previuos version was 5.2), and right now you can download version 6.1.
The main window is designed to show the user several database connection, model (in the las image, there is no models). The right zone is prepared to link to several resources like blogs, forums, scripting shell, mysql utilities, …
If I were you, the first task to do is to configre your preferences, in the Edit / Preferences menu.
One feature I would like to highlight is the use of #Python as scripting language. In the Admin tab, it could be interesting to include the path to several Python tools.
It is very important also to include the MySQL version you are working with for the models, because you can choose:
The visualization preferences allows the user to change the way MySQL WorkBench is showed.
Working on a server
Once we clic on a server connection, you can work with it.
On the left zone you have several tools, like watching the status of the server, the active processes, the my.ini config file (you can modify it, but it’s needed to reboot the server in order to notice the changed made)… everything is in a unique place!
The export and import tools are located here, and they are exactly the same as the previous 5.2 version, and all of them are using mysqldump. You can read about using this tool for creating a backup, here.
The central zone is available for the user to write SQL code, and the zone below is where you can see the outcome of the SQL queries.
And with this, I finish a small revision of this great tool, although it is not the one I like the most for working with #MySQL.
I hope you use it and have a nice day!