I don’t necessary start salivating just because someone says “Ajax,” but I’ve installed a handy database tool featured on digg.com called TurboDbAdmin. True, it doesn’t have the features of PHPMyAdmin, but for manipulating data, it’s much more convenient.


  1. Looks interesting. I’ve found that, for servers that I have control over, five minutes of tweaking will allow me to use Access and ODBC to get everything I need, data-wise. This comes in handy with one particularly slow file server I run – phpMyAdmin takes forever to run, but Access ODBC on a remote system is lightning quick. For quick edits it’s a good deal. I’ll see what this is like. Thanks for the heads-up.

  2. Yeah, I’ve used Access before in the same way. This is just more convenient for me because I use a Linux box most of the time. Also, I’ve noticed some odd behavior by Access when adding records to a remote db, if the table has an automatically generated key field.

  3. Might be data type problems – Access doesn’t like the BIGINT type that MySQL defaults to for auto_increment fields. The other caveat about this is that it’s not secure – no HTTPS and no authentication beyond the initial configuration. At the very least anyone using this should .htaccess the directory this sits in.

  4. Yes, I don’t understand why there isn’t a basic login procedure.

  5. Hi, thanks for mentioning TurboDbAdmin in your blog. We didn’t include a login procedure in the 0.1 version in order to keep installation at an absolute minimum: we decided that .htaccess is just as secure and probably easier to set up.
    Having said that, we do have a login system we will provide later on, after we ensure the stability of the core. We may also include a tunneling protocol, but the crypto is slow in JS. HTTPS does make a lot of sense, look for that support soon too.

  6. Update: it turns out TurboDbAdmin does in fact support HTTPS out of the box. IMO, HTTPS + basic auth = solid security.

  7. Very good find! Interesting because while I do like the power of phpMyAdmin, doing anything in it is like using DOS. Thanks for the headsup.

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