Looking for a 'grid' data entry tool for sqlite (or maybe mysql)

Justin Jereza justinjereza at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 13:00:45 UTC 2012

Composed on a phone.
On Jan 18, 2012 7:06 PM, "Chris Green" <cl at isbd.net> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:28:18AM +0000, Steve Flynn wrote:
> > On 17 January 2012 18:00, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
> > > I'm after an application which will allow me to enter data into a
> sqlite
> > > database using a 'grid' layout of the data.  I.e. I want the existing
> > > contents of the database displayed as a table and I want to be able to
> > > click on a field in a row and just edit the data in place.  In addition
> > > I want to be able to use the TAB key to move from field to field
> > > (another key would be OK, just not the mouse).  There should be an
> empty
> > > row at the bottom for entering a new row.
> >
> >
> > SQL Developer should fit the bill for you. RPM's available from
> >
> http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html
> >
> > We use it for our Oracle databases, but as it has ODBC capability you
> > should be able to point it at pretty much any compliant database
> > system.
> >
> I think that is just a *huge* (there's 147Mb of it) tool for doing
> database management.  I've looked at the overview and documentation and
> it has all the usual stuff for creating databases, importing data,
> building queries, etc.  but nothing for *editing* the data once in the
> table.  I guess one would call what I want 'forms'.  The first paragraph
> of "What is SQL Developer" says:-
>    Oracle SQL Developer is a free graphical tool for database development.
>    With SQL Developer, you can browse database objects, run SQL statements
>    and SQL scripts, and edit and debug PL/SQL statements. You can also run
>    any number of provided reports, as well as create and save your own. SQL
>    Developer enhances productivity and simplifies your database
> development tasks.
> A brilliant list of all the things I don't want!  :-)   I don't want
> something to design/create my database, I already have the database.  I
> don't want to run complex queries on the data so SQL editors and
> debuggers are irrelevant.  I don't want to create reports.  I just want
> a straightforward way to enter data into my database.
> I'm really using the database as a simple (and easy to manipulate) store
> for tabular data, I'm not using the relational capabilities at all for
> this (well these - several similar applications).  I just need an easy
> way to enter tabular data and then (where the fact that it's a database
> helps) ways of extracting the data with filtering/sorting.
> I *could* just use a text file arranged in columns but that gets clumsy
> for resizing columns etc. plus I'd have to write code to extract the
> data in ways I wanted it.  A database provides much of the basic tools I
> want but without simple data entry I'm a bit stuck.  I guess I might
> look into ways and means of converting from some other format (e.g. a
> table in a wordprocessor) which makes the editing easy, to and from the
> database.
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