Installing SQL Explorer Eclipse plug-in In Ganymede

Installing SQL Explorer Eclipse plug-in Using auto Update: Hat tip to  I noticed this set of instructions had not been updated for a while but they worked like a charm. The tool seems to have picked up some support recently and may be a good addition to your toolbox. Paticularly since the Data Tools Platform Eclipse component still seems to have a way to go. I’ll be trying to use this along side Birt for report wrting to edit the underlying queries… we’ll see. These instructions are lifted verbatum, they work. With Eclipse 3.41 and SQL Explorer version 3.5.0.RC6

  • From the Eclipse menu,
    select Help->Software Update->Find and Install. You will be
    displayed with a Install/Update dialog box.
  • Select Search for new
    features to install radio button & click next.
  • Click on the New Remote
    Site on the right hand side of the Install dialog box
  • Enter the name as “SQL
    Explorer” & “” (without quotes) for
    the url in the New Update Site dialog box and click ok.
  • Select the SQL Explorer
    site in the Install dialog box and click finish.
  • Once the search is
    finished, it will present with the features to install.
  • Select the features you
    want to install. In this case select SQL Explorer branch & click next.
  • Accept the license
    agreement & click next.
  • Select the install location
    where you want to install this plug-in. By default it will be installed
    into the eclipse plug-in directory. If you want to add another location
    click on the change location button on the lower right hand corner and
    specify the directory where you want to install. Once you are finished
    with the selections click on finish button.

Zero dates or Null in MYSQL?

As a follow-up to my earlier post on date conversions, I noticed that the MYSQL database was getting loaded with a lot of zero dates where the original data had null dates, I wondered how to deal with this and if it would present issues… well here is a great tip: Also note that MYSQL more or less requires zero dates and does not like nulls for dates…

The following from

Magical MySQL URL parameters Save my Groovy Code

I’ve been working with legacy databases in MySQL and basically forbidden from using hibernate by a bug I had with all zero dates of the format ‘0000-00-00’ which is perfectly legal in MySQL but completely disallowed in JDBC.

Stack trace for this problem contains:

SQL Exception: Value ‘0000-00-00’ can not be represented as java.sql.Date

The answer? Apparently there is a hidden setting to use…

dataSource {

driverClassName = “com.mysql.jdbc.Driver”

dialect= org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLMyISAMDialect

url = “jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/legacy?zeroDateTimeBehavior=convertToNull”

username = “legacyUser”

password = “legacyPassword”


That little flag on the URL is absolutely magical and now I can map my Grails objects onto a legacy database. Isn’t life grand?

Thoughts and Ideas: Magical MySQL URL parameters Save my Groovy Code.

Installing Eclipse Ganymede on Win XP sp3

Eclipse looks to be a very powerful and well supported software development environment, with huge capability, if I can get it running!

Well…Since for the time being I bombed out on my Linux installation I thought I’d try the win Xp install. I chose the “Ganymede RC3” Report writer package. Every thing seemed to go very smoothly. Then I tried to get my My SQL database hooked up using the JDBC driver… At first I though I had it, the server pinged and indicated that it was connected.. But then I went to look for “data” the server it turns out should have shown up on the navigator with the various databases, so a “data source could be defined,,, These things never happened,. Left some messages on the Newsgroup. Got asked to file a bug report, I did, It’s Bug 236647 In Bugzilla. The first response has been that they tried it and everything works great… So again I’m at a dead end with even being able to get a fairly good starting point with Eclipse. What I don’t get is why it has such an extensive error log when I do a clean install.. It looks like ti is trying to install a bunch of other items not in the installed package,,, It makes getting useful error messages hard to distinguish from the noise.

It should not be this difficult to get a tool installed and working… I’ll even grant that it is probably “user error” but Still!!! Give me something to go on!!!

It’s pretty clear that I have to get this working but I’m not sure what’s next. I’ll have to give them a few days to see if Eclipse people can help me out. I have to get some real work done anyway!

When I get a chance I’ll update getting MYSQL going. I found a neat tool HeidiSQL looks to be much more complete and free than the mysql workbench.