The Oracle SQL Developer tool (formerly project
Raptor) is a GUI-based tool to aid in database browsing and report
development. The Oracle SQL Developer tool can be
Jon Emmons of the popular "Life
after coffee" blog, notes the latest features of Oracle SQL Developer:
It remains to se seen how much Oracle SQL Developer
will impact the longstanding fan base for TOAD, a similar GUI for
Oracle developers, but the fact that Oracle SQL Developer is free, and
because Oracle SQL Developer is released by Oracle, the uptake is sure to
carry some weight. Oracle SQL Developer is also platform independent.
As a practical matter for experienced Oracle
professionals who traditionally shun GUI tools in favor of
custom scripts, the
Developer tool will join Oracle enterprise manager as a GUI tool to
help those who cannot remember the syntax of cryptic Oracle
For many years there was no lasting standard graphical user
interface tool for working with Oracle databases. At one point, Oracle
introduced Procedure Builder, a great little tool for PL/SQL
developers, but it went away.
Then Oracle on Windows offered Database Manager , a little
lightweight OEM-like utility for managing databases, and it too
disappeared. As for Oracle Enterprise Manager , it started out
as a fat-Java client tool, but then became a web-based application. In
addition, Application Express (APEX ) is very useful for APEX work,
but it is not suitable as a general-purpose Oracle database tool.
Therefore, many people relied on tools like Toad ® for years as a
decent GUI for general purpose Oracle work.
Oracle finally saw the need for such a tool and built a very good
freeware offering called SQL Developer . SQL Developer can be
downloaded from their website as a standalone freeware offering and,
starting with Oracle 11g, it is now part of the standard Oracle client
install. Figure 5.3 shows what SQL Developer looks like.
There are far too many features in SQL Developer to do it justice
in just a brief section of one chapter of a book. Nevertheless, there
are numerous blogs, discussion forums and even entire books now on the
product, so search the web for information and the latest details.
Note that as a Java based application, SQL Developer runs on numerous
platforms and not just Microsoft Windows.
So for UNIX, LINUX and even MAC-OS users, SQL Developer may well be
the tool of choice. It is good to observe that while SQL
Developer does increasingly support SQL*Plus command syntax, it is not
an entire replacement for it.
Here are my related notes on using Oracle SQL