[Phpmyadmin-devel] Prototype of new navigation

Tyron Madlener tyronx at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 18:50:11 CEST 2011

On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Rouslan Placella <rouslan at placella.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I've been working on a rewrite of the navigation frame and I've pushed a
> prototype to my remote repo and it's available for preview on my demo
> server [1]. It's still quite far from being finished, there are several
> unimplemented features and bugs, but you will get a general idea.
> I would appreciate if you take the time to have a look at it and give me
> some feedback regarding this. Thanks.
> Rouslan
> [1]: http://demo.phpmyadmin.net/gsoc-rouslan/

Yes, very nice. Much better than the old navigation.

My suggestions:
- The dotted lines are rather annoying than helpful. I think people
can navigate through the databases very well without those guides.
- Visual glitch: Hovering your mouse over the icons makes a black
underscore appear right to it.
- Not quite sure how helpful it is to "expand tables" to edit it's
single columns. Maybe it should rather display the data sorted by that
column or so?
- Trying to expand a empty database should (imo) remove the
contract/expand icon after it's being identified as empty.
- Would be really helpful to have a "expand all" & "contract all" icon

>Just an opinion. When expanding a database node, I found that it is easier if we can see the list of tables and views directly >under the database node (in the same level with Functions, Triggers, etc.), so we don't need one more ajax request (either >by clicking on "Tables" node or automatically expanded when only "Tables" node exist under the databse). Anyone have the >same thought?

You have a good point there. Maybe let the user choose between these
modes as configuration setting?
Having the entries grouped certainly makes things look cleaner, and I
can imagine that would be very helpful for db servers with lots of dbs
and tables, but rather and inconvenience when having only a little dbs
with little tables.

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