By Geertjan on Apr 15, 2013
Schema-Independent End-User Front-End for Relational Databases (SIEUFERD) is a research system created at MIT, in Boston, on the NetBeans Platform. It aims to provide a universal user interface for relational databases.
Inspired by both Microsoft Excel and traditional FileMaker-style CRUD applications, SIEUFERD connects to any JDBC database and provides the user with automatically generated table-, form-, and report views. All views have a spreadsheet-like look and feel, and can be visually manipulated in order to perform arbitrary queries on the underlying data.
Eirik Bakke, the Ph.D. student working on SIEUFERD, points out that the system is a work in progress. The back-end is done and he's started building the front-end on the NetBeans Platform in the last couple of months.