DQ Analyzer is built on the Eclipse framework, so it is similar in structure and behavior to many Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). The user interface is comprised of four main areas:
- The Explorer Panel. The explorer panel offers quick access to the created DQ Projects, local and network disks from which it is possible to quickly locate data files for analysis, and connected databases with easy access to tables to be used for analysis. Many action shortcuts are available by right-clicking on objects in this panel, such as creating new plans and profiles or connecting to a database.
The Main Editing Area. The editing area is where all main activities are performed: plans are constructed and visualized, data files are shown and edited, and profiles are viewed. All of these can be opened in separate tabs next to each other.
The Status Panel. The Status panel contains two tabs by default plus the Console tab, which appear upon the first plan run:
Properties. Shows properties of a selected file, plan, profile or database, e.g. path, size or modification date. Also shows problems with the constructed plan
Run Results. Stores the results of plans run in the past and shows details in case of errors, including the component that contains the problem.
Console. Shows the progress of running a plan or generating a profile
Other tabs can be added and attached (by dragging) to any part of the UI in the Window > Show View > Other... menu.
- Configuration Dialogs. (second figure below) There are various dialogs used to configure the different components, similar to the one shown below. These dialogs are typically invoked by double-clicking Steps or via the context (right-click) menu.