Introduction to Dataedo

9th May, 2018
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Dataedo is a powerful database documentation tool. It allows you to create data dictionaries (description of all tables, columns and relationships), create ER diagrams, document server scripts (stored procedures, functions and triggerss).

It is a desktop application that connects to existing databases and imports schema, then enables users to provide descriptions and export documentation to PDF, HTML or Excel.

Architecture

Architecture

  • Documented databases - databases that you want to document
  • Dataedo Editor - program that enables importing, describing and exporting
  • Repository - this is where all documentation is stored (learn about Dataedo repository)
  • Exports - exported documentation

Key process

Key process of documenting database with Dataedo looks like this:

  1. Import schema from database
  2. Describe database elements
  3. Export documentation (to PDF or HTML) (optional:)
  4. Update documentation when database schema changed
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