Oracle SQL Developer Review

Many of the small features are the biggest time-savers, such as persistent highlighting of rows or cells in the data grid.


What is most valuable?

I noticed that many of the small features are the biggest time-savers like:

  • ‘Copy Selected Column Header(s)’ in the data grid
  • Persistent highlighting of rows or cells in the data grid
  • Search-and-replace with its smart options
  • History (of statements and files)
  • Splitting windows and document groups, pinning

Personally, being a nosey person, I love the Statements-Log Window, which shows every command SQL Developer sends to the database.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment was the easiest I ever encountered:

  1. Unzip
  2. Optional: find ide.conf, set the language to ‘en’
  3. Optional: change NLS settings
  4. Ready

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Version 4.1.3 64-bit is very stable.

I had some problems with an older version freezing several times a week, but that was about two years ago and has hardly ever happened since.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent. There’s the fast track via Twitter, but most of the time, I found the answer on Jeff Smith’s blog or Oracle Tech Net (OTN) before making a fool of myself by asking. Jeff has solved many of my problems “by unsent messages”. ;-)

You get very fast support on OTN or Twitter.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In different projects, I used to use TOAD and PL/SQL Developer.
One of my customers decided he didn’t want to spend any money on tools, so SQL Developer was my choice... I guess I have to be grateful :)

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was very easy, see above.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tried Raptor ages ago (and didn’t like it at all), but now I am a converted SQL Developer enthusiast.

What other advice do I have?

Read Jeff Smith’s blog. If you think a feature should be there, investigate. Quite likely, it’s already there; maybe you just overlooked it. If it’s not, open a feature request at sqldeveloper.oracle.com. Learn a handful of shortcuts (or two), it will improve your efficiency enormously.

**Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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