USING ENTRANCE TO RUN QUERIES
How to run a query
The Entrance toolbar provides buttons for creating or opening SQL queries and running them:
New, Open, Save, and Save As work with query files as you would expect, and you can also open queries by double clicking them in the explorer tree. (Running the IDE version on a Macintosh, you can also open SQL files from the Terminal command line using "open (filename)" or by double clicking them in Finder)
Use "Run" to run the current SQL script. Any text results are placed on the "Results" and any graphics results on the "Charts" tabs. Click on the tabs below the output to switch between views of SQL, Results, or Charts:
The results tab is guaranteed to contain only text. We do it that way so that the Results tab matches what is placed on the clipboard by Edit | "Copy for spreadsheet...". More about that in another section.
Entrance supports running SQL scripts concurrently. YThis means you can start a time-consuming script in one tab and let it run while you edit scripts on others. You switch between tabs by clicking on the tabs under the toolbar.
To stop a script, first click its tab to bring it to the top of the others, then click the "Stop" button on the toolbar.
Text output in the Results tab can be customized using the REPORT keyword. This is mainly useful when you want to add titles above output, or comments below it.
Place the report keyword before a SELECT, as in this example;
TITLE "Gross Sales"
TITLE "Period ending 6/30/07"
COMMENT "This will go below the results"
SELECT Item, Price, Count, Revenue from SalesJournal;
Adding query folders
The folders you see in an Entrance explorer tree are file directories. You can add new ones using File | Add file folders...
This feature is particularly useful if you have obtained the sample scripts for the MySQL Cookbook by Paul Dubois or another book like it. Unzip the samples into a directory, add the directory to the Entrance tree and you have quick access to the samples. You can also copy and paste SQL snippets from the samples into your own scripts using the SQL editor's advanced support for copy and "Paste from ring...".
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