About Beekeeper Studio
I'm not a DBA or a server administrator, but I build software for a living, so I have to interact with databases on a daily basis.
I got frustrated that there wasn't a straightforward and approachable cross-platform SQL client I could use. Sure there are lots of java-powered tools aimed at power-users with a million buttons and tabs, but they're not pleasent to use. I loved Sequel Pro on MacOS, but that's no good when working on Linux, or with SQLite, Postgres, or SQL Server.
So in 2019 I started working on Beekeeper Studio. It took almost a year of (skant) evening and weekend time to launch the first version in early 2020.
Why Call it Beekeeper?
While I love getting tweets from folks disappointed we're not running an analytics company for actual Beekeepers, the app is called Beekeeper for a reason.
Over the last 10 years I have built four apps named Beekeeper. Two were internal tools at Foursquare, and one was a (now defunkt) company, Beekeeper Data. The first app was originally called Beekeeper because it interacted with Apache Hive (yes the product name is a dad-joke), but I became so fond of the name that I just can't stop naming products *Beekeeper*.