|Version 4 of the Foxhound database monitor for SAP® SQL Anywhere® is now available for purchase and download here.
You can see What's New in the FAQ; here are the Top 6 Release-Defining Features:
1. A new custom "ping" process tests separate connections to the target database.
The Foxhound ping process opens a new connection to the target database via the embedded SQL interface, issues a SELECT @@SPID command and then immediately disconnects. This is different from the Foxhound Monitor process which connects to the target database via ODBC and keeps that connection open while it collects multiple samples.
The new ping process comes in three flavors:
The Monitor Options page lets you specify the ping settings for each target database:
2. Foxhound now supports SQL Anywhere 17.
Foxhound now supports target databases that run on any version of SQL Anywhere 6 through 17, including 17.0.4.
Foxhound itself will now run on SQL Anywhere 17, or SQL Anywhere 16 build 2127 or later.
Here are some other new features specific to SQL Anywhere 17:
3. Context-sensitive Performance Tips have been added throughout the Help.The Help has been redesigned and expanded to include
Here's an example:
Plus, now it's easy to open and close the Help frame any time you want.
4. No more pink! Black and white and grey are now used for highlighting.
Foxhound has always used colors like this and this to highlight important information.
Foxhound 4 now uses white-on-black and grey for these reasons:
Foxhound 4 also uses white-on-black to highlight important information about Foxhound settings and status values; for example:
Also, alternating row colors are used for the Monitor, Sample History and other multi-row displays:
5. Banner warnings now expose conflicts among different Monitor Options page settings.
Individual settings on the Monitor Options page might be simple to understand and easy to use, but . . . conflicts among different settings aren't so simple or easy.
. . . and these conflicts lead to the most Frequently Asked Questions:
Foxhound now warns about these conflicts on the Monitor Options page:
6. let you switch among multiple target databases.
If you're dealing with dozens of databases, you might like this new feature best of all!
It works on the Monitor and Sample History pages, and on the Monitor Options page as well.
...see more new features here.