Databases usually provide a rich client that fits the gap between a web GUI (business users) and a CLI (for the 1970s folks). Popular examples are Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, Oracle SQL Developer, Azure Data Explorer Client, Mongo DB client, MySQL Workbench, Teradata SQL Studio, DB2 Client, SAP Hana Studio. Even SQLite has a client. I haven’t found a standard client for Snowflake on the web.
Is there really no client software available yet ?
There are several Snowflake clients available for various platforms and programming languages. Some popular Snowflake clients include:
SnowSQL: SnowSQL is a command-line client for Snowflake that allows you to interact with Snowflake from a terminal or console. It supports SQL statements, batch commands, and scripting.
Snowflake Web UI: Snowflake provides a web-based user interface that allows you to interact with Snowflake using a graphical interface. The web UI supports SQL queries, database administration, and user management.
JDBC and ODBC Drivers: Snowflake provides JDBC and ODBC drivers that allow you to connect to Snowflake using popular programming languages and tools, such as Java, Python, and R. These drivers provide a low-level interface to Snowflake, allowing you to execute SQL statements and manage connections.
Snowflake Connectors: Snowflake provides connectors for popular data integration tools, such as Apache Spark, Talend, and Informatica. These connectors provide a high-level interface to Snowflake, allowing you to read and write data from Snowflake using familiar tools and workflows.
Snowflake APIs: Snowflake provides REST APIs that allow you to programmatically interact with Snowflake using HTTP requests. These APIs provide a flexible and scalable way to integrate Snowflake into your applications and workflows.
Overall, there are several Snowflake clients available, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The best client for your use case will depend on your specific requirements and preferences.