How to install Quantum DB
Quantum DB is an Eclipse plugin for database exploration. That
means it runs in the Eclipse framework, and has to be installed
there. So to run Quantum DB you have to:
- Install Eclipse: Eclipse is a framework for developing
and running applications. If you really don't know what Eclipse
is, you should perhaps reconsider your interest in Quantum DB.
You need to have Java installed to run Eclipse. You can get
Once you have Eclipse running, you have two main ways of
installing Quantum: The easy one and the other one. In any
case, first you have to install GEF, that is another Eclipse
plugin that is not included in the standard distribution.
Quantum uses GEF and so depends on it. Here
you'll find instructions on how to install GEF.
- The Easy Way of Installing Quantum:
To install Quantum, start Eclipse, go to Help->Software
Updates->Find and Install...->Search for New Features
to Install. There create a new site clicking on the
"New Remote Site" button. In "Name"
In "Name" write "Quantum DB Update Site".
In "URL" type " http://quantum.sourceforge.net/update-site".
Then click on "Finish". You'll have to get something
like this screen, only without the error message (that's
if you still haven't installed GEF, and without the marks
in the selection boxes. You have to select the features
you want (select them all if in doubt) and click on "Finish"
After some licensing screens and confirmation screens,
Quantum should be installed. You can uninstall it later
in Help->Software Updates->Manage Configuration
- The Other Way of Installing Quantum:
Go to the download
page of the Quantum project in sourceforge.net, download
the latest release, or another release if you are using an old
Eclipse version. The file will be named something like com.quantum.feature_3.0.7.bin.dist.zip.
Uncompress the .zip file into the eclipse installation directory,
and restart Eclipse. That should work. If it doesn't, either
you haven't GEF installed, or you should try to start Eclipse
with the -clean command line option.
- How to know if Quantum is installed:
Go to Window->Open Perspective->Other... If there
is a QuantumDB perspective, the installation is probably
O.K. Select that perspective to show the main Quantum views.
- What next:
Go to Help->Help Contents. A help window should appera.
In the "Contents" window, one of the entries should
be called QuantumDB User's Guide. Open it up an read
to know more about using Quantum.
- What to do if I have a doubt, or something doesn't work:
Go to the user's
forum and ask your question. Or go to the bug's
list and post a bug. Or go to the feature
requests and ask for Quantum to do something that it doesn't
do, and you'd like it to do.