Oracle SQL Developer Review

Among the most valuable features is the automated unit test capability for PL/SQL development


What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features is the automated unit test capability for PL/SQL development. It allows us to implement a form of test driven development (TDD) for database-resident code.

How has it helped my organization?

We can switch between heterogeneous databases.

After installing a MySQL driver, for example, we can work with these row stores. It also supports Oracle Cloud legacy schema-as-a-service connections and the newer DBaaS connections.

What needs improvement?

I am not aware of any areas for improvement at the moment.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the solution for eight years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We did not encounter any issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are occasional runtime issues that are easily worked around, especially on a Windows deployment. However, these have never been impediments and the installation is regularly updated with patches and fixes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not encounter any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

This is a self-service offering so customer service is not relevant.

Technical Support:

I cannot comment with regard to the technical support.

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

We did not use a previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was very simple, using only point-and-click as long as your workstation meets the runtime JDK prerequisite.

What about the implementation team?

Not applicable.

What was our ROI?

I cannot comment on the ROI.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a no-cost license and it offers outstanding functionality on that basis.

What other advice do I have?

For data architects, it offers the advantage of being part of the same tool set as the cost-free license for Oracle Data Modeler. Together, they form a nice tool kit for data architects as well as database developers and other specializations.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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