Something new is coming to Mergebot, our solution for making merging database changes easier. One of the hardest things during site development is seeing what has been done to the database so you can replicate it on the live site. Well, with what’s coming to Mergebot, you could. Introducing X-Ray for Mergebot – a new way to visualize the changes made to a database. Let’s take a look at the what we do in Mergebot already and how X-Ray will work. If you aren’t familiar with Mergebot, here’s a quick recap. Mergebot records all the changes made on a development site and allows you to safely apply them to a live site without overwriting data. To do this, Mergebot records queries executed on the development site and sends them to our app so we can do all the ID replacement and other clever stuff before deployment. When you are ready to deploy your changes you can view and control which queries will be deployed with our Query Selection view. This functionality is pretty powerful, but it’s not the easiest way to visualize the actual changes being made to the database on deployment. Even if you’re fluent in SQL, reading lines and lines of queries is
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