Databases will Visualize Queries too
Visual Query Languages study ways to help users compose queries with visual metaphors. Information Visualization studies automatic visualization techniques to help users understand and analyze data. Query Management focuses on ways to help users manage and re-use existing queries. The authors observe that there is a related research question across those three topics which have not received much attention, namely that of Query Visualization: how to visually represent a query to help users quickly understand its intent? Here they argue that the involved challenges are still markedly different from those of the other three, that a solution can considerably improve the usability of DBMSs, and that the topic is thus worthy of attention.