I Say Snippet, Snippet Good: SQL Developer Snippets

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There’s nothing worse than the ‘white screen of panic.’ You’re faced with the prospect of actually writing some code from scratch. Or even worse, you’re doing a presentation or demo, and everyone gets to see what a horrible typist you are.

Yes, this is about Snippets, and Snippets are cool. But if you’re a keyboard person, then you’re gonna like SQL Templates even better. Go read this and come back. -TJS 3/13/15

The white screen of panic

Yes, you could browse your SQL History, but that could contain several hundred or even thousands of statements. And let’s face it, you probably don’t recognize code you wrote even a few days ago when you see it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take your favorite statements or scripts, and save them to recall later? Even better, let me name and document them?

Enter the Snippets

Access your snippets via the View menu. There’s a few included ‘out of the box,’ but you’ll want to add your own to the ‘Custom’ category.

Access the Snippets from the View menu

Add a Snippet

The easiest way to add a snippet is to select your code and right-click. Choose ‘Save as Snippet…’

You can do this for a single statement or multiple statements (scripts)

Define the Snippet

Place it into the proper category, give it a name, and define the tool-tip that will appear if you mouse-over the snippet.

The tool-tip is optional

Snippets in Action

Now when you get back to the white-screen-of-panic, remember your trusty statements and scripts are accessible via the Snippets panel. Select your snippet and drag and drop (d-n-d) it into the worksheet or Procedure Editor. The d-n-d will respect any code you already have in your editor, meaning you can drag it exactly where you want to drop it and preserve your existing code.

Power Tip: Did you know you can share your favorite snippets with other SQL Developer users at the Exchange? Browse and download your favorite snippets or upload your own here. We don’t support or endorse these snippets, so use at your own risk.

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