My goodness, I have recently updated PhpMyAdmin to last version (4.1) ! What a piece of crap this became, UI wise. The team behind this project should really focus on usability instead of toying with jQuery UI widget or whatever crappy framework they use for that.
PhpMyAdmin used to be the reference in terms of good UI in the PHP 4 days. Now, PhpMyAdmin is becoming the reference for what you should avoid, unless you want to turn off your users. All these useless buttons, alerts, “ajaxified one page app” gadgets makes the application so painful to use.
I am going to stick with the last usable version if I can find which one it is (I bet I’ll find it if I grep for xmlhttprequest).
Update : Instead of searching for the last usable PhpMyAdmin version, I have installed Adminer and it seems to be enough for our needs.