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The Social Development Database

I’ve always been fascinated by development databases — more so sometimes than huge, heavily utilized production ones. Mainly because I’ve seen how the beginnings of a performance problem, or the start of an elegant solution takes shape within a development database. It’s one of the reasons why I love high levels of visibility through full DDL-auditing within development. I love to SEE what database developers are thinking, and how they are implementing their ideas using specific shapes of data structures.

One of the concepts I’d love to see is a “river of news” panel within development tools to see what is going on within a development database. Some of the good distributed source code control systems do this now.

Here’s a good example of what I mean:

http://github-images.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/2011/mac-screenshots/commits-full.png

Imagine if there was a panel in SQL*Developer or TOAD that looked something like this:

This wouldn’t be all that hard to implement if full DDL-auditing was turned on…