November 12, 2008
I was playing with MindManager 8 for a few minutes last night and got it to browse and extract data from my Oracle database. That was pretty slick, though there’s almost no documentation for it, so I was just bumbling around.
Browse got it to list the tables and their columns. I couldn’t figure how to get it just show the rows I wanted, but it would extract column values and create them as custom properties in new topics or even a new map. I don’t get it by a long shot but the promise is there. The Custom Properties feature of MM has always been somewhat of a mystery/kludge to me, you define your own properties, but there’s no easy way to populate them (until this database functionality works?) . I spent a couple hours messing with them a year ago but never saw the point.
But I’m still jazzed that I got my 2 favorite technologies to talk to eachother, even if they don’t completely understand eachother!
For example, when MM8 tried to read the list of tables using the Configure Databse Connection, it threw a lot of exceptions, I think because it was trying to read the system tables that my account doesn’t have permissions for. That was pretty ugly! But then I could identify tables it shouldn’t try to list, so hopefully I won’t have to go through that again.
And if I try to add a query clause in the provided field “Enter text to find”, it throws 2 exceptions saying “Illegal variable/number”. So I’m thinking they need to get a bug release for this out pretty soon. [sigh]
May 10, 2007
MindJet has (finally) officially announced the upcoming release of MindManager version 7 (aka MM7), so beta-testers like me are finally allowed to talk about it publicly! I take my beta-tester responsibilities seriously, so kept it under my hat.
They say it’ll be available for purchase on May 30th, for both PC and Macintosh.
This is the software tool I use the most at work, some days even more than email! It’s great for managing lots of information in various forms and places. If you’ve never seen a mindmap, think “graphical outline.” If you’ve never seen a MindManager mindmap, think “visual organizer with tons of power for integrating, sorting, finding and organizing your information”.
As for what’s in the upgrade… Read the rest of this entry »