Getting Started (with ODBC connection)
Once you have your copy of FlySpeed, just follow these steps to get started:
- Now start up FlySpeed.
- Select Connection > New Connection from the menu at the top of the screen to launch the New Connection Wizard.
- On the Database Server window, select “Generic ODBC Connection” as the Connection Type. For SQL Syntax, select your database server. A third field, Server version, will appear for some servers. Make sure it is set as close as possible to your server version or you can rely on the autodetection if such an option exists, then click Next.
- On the Connection properties window, select the first option, System/User DSN, and type or select your DSN name. Enter your login and, optionally, password so that you can connect without having to enter your credentials each time. Be sure to type your login and password in all the right case. If you want, you may check the Save password option. The password will be saved encrypted. If you want, you can define a master password for better protection of all passwords saved in the tool. Click Next.
- Finally, give the connection a name and click Finish. You will see your connection listed in the pane on the left. Click the little plus to the left of the connection name to expand it. You will see a folder in which you can save your queries and other folders containing all the base tables and views in the database. If at some point you want to query other databases you may have on your network, they can be added in a similar fashion. In the screenshot below you will see several of the other databases in the list.
- To start working on your first query, click the New Query button in the toolbar at the top.
- Next, click the Add Object button in the toolbar to select the tables, views, or both for your query. As soon as you select the first one, you will see your query start to take shape in the worksheet. If you add more than one object (table or view), drag from a field in one object to the appropriate field in a second object to create a JOIN to link the two. You can change the type of JOIN by right-clicking on the line that will appear between the two objects.
- Click the checkboxes next to the columns/fields you want to output in your query and configure your filter conditions in the middle pane of the worksheet.
- To run your query, click the Execute button just above the worksheet — the one with the lightning bolt icon.
That should be enough to get you started. There is no way for you to damage the database, so feel free to experiment.