16.6.8.1. Importing a Data Definition SQL Script

For this tutorial use the sakila database script found in the Example Databases section of the http://dev.mysql.com/doc/ page.

After downloading the file, extract it to a convenient location. Open MySQL Workbench and find the Reverse Engineer MySQL Create Script menu option by first selecting File and then Import. Find and import the sakila-schema.sql file. This is the script that contains the data definition statements for the sakila database. The file filter for the file open dialog window defaults to *.sql so you should only be able to view files with the sql extension.

If the file was successfully imported, the application's status bar reads, Import MySQL Create Script done. To view the newly imported script, expand the Physical Schemata section by double-clicking the arrow on the left of the Physical Schemata title bar. Select the tab labelled sakila.

Yo may also wish to remove the default schema tab, mydb. Do this by selecting this tab and then clicking the - button on the upper right in the Physical Schemata panel.

To view all the objects in the sakila schema, you may need to expand the Physical Schemata window. To do this move the mouse pointer anywhere over the gray area that defines the lower edge of the Physical Schemata window. Hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse to adjust the size of the window.

Once you've expanded the window, all the objects in the sakila database should be visible. Tables appear at the top followed by views and then routines. There are no routine groups in this schema, but you should see the Routine Groups section and an Add Group icon.

For a complete description of importing a MySQL create script see Section 16.6.7.9.1, “Reverse Engineering Using a Create Script”.

16.6.8.1.1. Adding an EER Diagram

To create an EER diagram for the sakila database, first add an EER diagram by double-clicking the Add Diagram icon in the EER Diagrams panel. This should create and open a new EER Diagram.

The EER Diagram canvas is where object modeling takes place. To add a table to the canvas, select the Catalog tab in the middle panel on the right side of the application. This should display any schemata that appear in the MySQL Model tab.

Find the sakila schema and expand the view of its objects by clicking the + button to the left of the schema name. Expand the tables list in the same way.

You can add tables to the EER canvas by picking them up from the Catalog panel and placing them on the canvas. Drop the address table and the city table onto the canvas.

Figure 16.79. Adding Tables to the Canvas

Adding tables to the canvas

MySQL Workbench automatically discovers that address.city_id has been defined as a foreign key referencing the city.city_id field. Drop the country table onto the canvas and immediately you should see the relationship between the country table and the city table. ( See Figure 16.82, “The sakila EER Diagram” to view a PNG file of all the relationships in the sakila database.)

Choose the Properties tab of the panel on the lower right and then click one of the tables on the canvas. This displays the properties of the table in the Properties window. While a table is selected you can use the Properties window to change a table's properties. For example, entering #FF0000 for the color value will change the color accent to red.

Changing the color of a table is a good way to identify a table quickly—something that becomes more important as the number of tables increases. Changing the color of a table is also an easy way to identify a table in the Model Navigator panel. This panel, the uppermost panel on the left side of the screen, gives a bird's eye view of the entire EER canvas.

Save your changes to a MySQL Workbench Models file (mwb) by choosing Save from the File menu or by using the keyboard command Ctrl S.

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