SQL Developer

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Oracle SQL Developer GUI

SQL Developer is free graphical IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for developing SQL and PL/SQL code. The product is aimed at Oracle DBA's and developers - and should generally not be given to end users. It also provides basic connectivity to MySQL, SQL Server and Access databases, mostly for the purposes of data migrations.

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[edit] History

SQL Developer was formerly dubbed Project Raptor. It is based on/ derived from Oracle's JDeveloper IDE. First release was in 2006.

Version 1.2 was released on 7 June 2007. This version runs on JDK 5.0 or 6.0.

Version 1.1.3 ships with Oracle 11g (all database editions) - the intention is that it becomes an adjunct to SQL*Plus.

SQL Developer 2.1 was released on 15th December 2009.

[edit] License

SQL Developer is provided free of charge and can be downloaded from Oracle TechNet.

[edit] Platforms

SQL Developer is written in Java, and is therefore available for a wide range of platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

[edit] Features

SQL Developer aims to compete against commercial products like TOAD from Quest Software and PL/SQL Developer from Allround Automations. It is a relatively recent entrant into the market and is not as full-featured as the commercial products.

Some of the features of SQL Developer are:

  • Browse database objects
  • Run SQL statements and SQL scripts
  • Edit and debug PL/SQL statements
  • Run standard and customized reports
  • Extract DDL for database objects
  • Migrate third party database schemas to Oracle (for SQL Server, Microsoft Access and MySQL)
  • Create reports (tabular, master-detail, charts, etc)

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