SQuirreL SQL Client
is a really awesome piece of software. It's a universal SQL client written in pure Java, thus it's portable to virtually any platform (at least all major desktop environments -Mac OSX, Windows, Linux- that people use nowadays). It's very compact and it allows you to work with all sorts of databases that have a pure Java JDBC driver available (most DBs do). A small annoyance has been bugging me for quite some time now and today I took the time to make a patch for it (big hurray for open source!
SQuirreL does not (yet) have keyboard shortcut customization, thus you're stuck with whatever is built in. Unfortunately not every action has a shortcut assigned to it, thus it's not just that you've to get used to a shortcut that you don't like ... there's no shortcut at all.
One of these actions is the "Rerun" button on the right edge of the result tabs of SQL Worksheets. Of course you can just hit Ctrl+Enter to run the query again, but the results will open in a new tab every time. It doesn't take long this way to pile up a few dozen tabs of the same SQL.
Thus rerunning an SQL in the same tab is a pretty basic operation that some people (eg. me
) would like to have a shortcut for.
Now a few words on shortcuts (or accelerators as SQuirreL calls them). In SQuirreL (AFAIK, but I could be easily wrong in this) only a menuitem can have a keyboard shortcut. Thus if you want to assign a shortcut to an action, you've to put it in the menu. (Note: I know that this is not true, eg. the undo/redo actions have keyboard shortcuts and they're not available in the menu ... but without having my own action in the menu, it's shortcut wouldn't work. Please, let me know if you've the answer to this.)
With the already existing "Rerun" action there's another problem: it's implementation is an embedded Java class and it's parent is the
class. Now to add an action to the list of global actions, you've to create an instance of it. With the original
class this would require the creation of a "stale" instance of the
class too, which would be quite a hack.
- I created a new action class (
net.sourceforge.squirrel_sql.client.session.action.RerunCurrentSQLResultTabAction) with the same functionality (as
- Added this new action to the global action list in
- Added this new action to the menu in
- Added the proper entries for the new action+menuitem in
- As a bonus I've replaced the action in
ResultTab with the new action so it'd display the same tooltip string and shortcut combination.
I did not remove the old action from the
class since I wanted this patch to be as non-invasive as possible.
I've attached both the patch (diff) and the patched squirrel-sql.jar for SQuirreL v3.2.1 (rename the attached squirrel-sql-3.2.1.rerun_shortcut.jar to squirrel-sql.jar after you've downloaded it and place it -overwriting the original- in your SQuirreL program folder).