[Phpmyadmin-devel] PMA Redesign - GSoC

Thomas de Lima tfl3000 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 00:55:32 CET 2010

Thank your for the reply Michal.

You made yourself clear about *code* projects.

I can say I'm not an advanced PMA user, but everything I wanted to do in my
database, I was able to find links easily, except user privileges vs.
databases. I believe that's the basic concept of good usability. But you're
right, excellent is not the best adjective for it.


On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 7:06 PM, Michal Čihař <michal at cihar.com> wrote:

> Hi
> Dne Tue, 23 Mar 2010 19:42:25 -0300
> Thomas de Lima <tfl3000 at gmail.com> napsal(a):
> > My name is Thomas de Lima.
> > I'm a computer engineering student from Brazil. I want to discuss more
> the
> > idea of redesigning PMA, because I want to be sure I understood it
> > correctly.
> >
> > Design is not only about changing color or shapes in the user interface,
> but
> > also about changing how the user interacts with the application, towards
> > improving usability. So, the "User interface cleanup" project needs to be
> > codeveloped with the AJAX team. Is that right?
> >
> > I read an email from our indian colleague Anirvana Mishra, excited about
> > ajaxifying PMA. But then Michal answered that he should pick one specific
> > area to improve, cause there's too much functionality in PMA.
> Yes, you can not convert everything to AJAX during summer, so you need
> to choose some area.
> > Well, as a
> > database manager, the PMA should be lightweight and "usable". For
> example,
> > it takes a great deal of HTML download and clicks to find and edit
> someone's
> > data in a huge personnel table. AJAX could solve both problems by opening
> a
> > quickedit option on a browse table's row, which could be quickly found by
> an
> > AJAX filter on top. So I think one of the "User interface cleanup"
> project
> > goals should be study of which features need to be ajaxified or changed,
> or
> > whatever, not about picking, before a deeper study, an area to improve.
> Please note that this is summer of *code*, so we can not accept studies,
> but only coding projects for GSoC. Generally it would be helpful, but
> is out of scope for GSoC (as well as other things we currently can not
> do ourselves because of time limits).
> > For this purpose I wish to apply as an GSoCer to improve the PMA user
> > interface, cause I frequently use it to manage my databases remotely. Of
> > course PMA's usability now is excellent, as everything is intuitively put
> in
> > place, but it feels soooo Web1.0, so static.
> Well I would not tell that usability is excellent...
> --
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