A few weeks ago I read a brief but interesting article by Jeff Whatcott on Getting Ecto Set Up with Drupal. I had heard of Ecto in passing but had never really looked into using it. With all the hubbub around WYSIWYG tools for Drupal and the like recently, I wondered if a good desktop application would be a viable solution, so I figured I'd give Ecto a try for myself.
Any Drupal developer worth his salt at least knows of the Views module. The shear usefulness and time-saving nature of views has earned the module a place in every Drupal site I've developed. However, because views are stored in the database and their presentation is controlled by the views module itself, managing views between staging/live sites, handling updates, and tracking revisions become difficult issues when dealing with Views.