[p4] DevTrack and Perforce
Jeff A. Bowles
jab at piccoloeng.com
Thu Oct 25 10:33:06 PDT 2001
At 09:59 AM 10/25/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>I know that Perforce is working on P4SQL to use for queries against the
>databases. They did demos of it at the User's Conference. They said
>something about using the query language with Crystal Reports. So...the
>reporting mechanism is getting there.
I believe that the real key with the P4SQL mechanism is that
it supports ODBC interfaces to much of the Perforce data,
although it's really prying out that information using "p4" commands
such as "p4 fstat" and so on.
That means that just about any ODBC-savvy application will be
able to get to the data, including pretty Excel spreadsheets and
Crystal Reports. Certainly, the latter will have a number of
enthusiasts, but don't ignore the middle management love of
pretty pictures that you can get with Excel and its ilk.
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