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We REALLY need an update on the state of Sequel Pro's development... #3617
Sequel Pro is an absolutely indispensable tool for many of us. We rely on it to do our jobs. We recommend it to our friends and colleagues. We don't just use it in development — we know it can be trusted in production too. We've had confidence in Sequel Pro, stuck by the project for years, and some of us have even donated to support it.
Bearing in mind how much users love Sequel Pro, it's such a shame to see:
I'm well aware I can download a test build. But I'm sure I'm not the only developer who's reluctant to use unstable software against production databases.
Just look at the changelog for v1.2. These are great improvements... But nobody knows about them! The people who contributed to v1.2 may as well have not bothered, if users will never receive any updates. We may never know the number of developers who've abandoned Sequel Pro as a result of the notorious tab-closing crash, because they're simply not aware fixes are being worked on. And the sad truth is that these issues are being fixed — they're just never seeing the light of day.
Can anyone involved in this project provide an update? If it's been abandoned, fair enough — we had a great run together! But if it hasn't, please can the maintainers:
It just hurts me to see issues piling up, whilst the hard work contributors make to fix these bugs goes unreleased to end-users for literally years at a time.
Apologies for the rant. I hope you realise it comes from a place of love for one of my most relied-upon developer tools
I have been using the nightly builds for over a year now because of the tab-closing crash but even the nightly builds now have problems on Catalina with the sidebar not being sized properly on launch. I haven't found any other DB clients I like as much as this one and I'll be sorely disappointed if it's abandoned.
I would also really like an answer about the status of this project. I heard some people were considering the idea of a fork? Is that happening?
It's a sad state of affairs and I don't expect it to improve anytime soon, this situation has been the case for years now.
I switched to TablePlus about six months ago (which has a free version) and I haven't looked back. My advice to everyone struggling with sequel pro's dysfunctional situation: stop worrying and switch to something that's actually being maintained, stable and cross-platform. This project shouldn't have any more pressure/expectation placed on it until it has clear leadership and proper release activity.
P.S. Riding on a nightly build for something as critical as a DB administration tool should be considered unacceptable and anyone doing that needs to consider what excuses they're going to give if things break in an unexpected manner.