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Oracle SQL Developer: What’s Next?

Software development never really stops. The development cycle is truly a circle. Once a release is ready, the developers don’t go on break awaiting orders. There’s always the next sprocket to build or widget to refactor.

And so comes one of the best parts of my job: helping figure out what those widgets and sprockets will be. And while we don’t comment on new features or release dates of our products, I will give you an update on things in general you can expect in the near future.

Areas of Emphasis

Software releases are often designed around one or more themes. 8i was ‘the Internet’ and 11g was ‘the Grid.’ SQL Developer 4.0 will be ‘the Matrix.’ Just kidding. No, we have several things coming together in this release, including but not limited to:

  • Look & Feel – UI polishing
  • The ‘guts’ – framework, Java, Subversion updates
  • Performance and Ease of Use – true for EVERY release
  • Working with Data – grids, Excel, the Cart
  • Command Line stuff
  • Reporting

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Mostly from users. We talk to lots and lots of people on multiple channels. Whenever I help a customer they are also helping me make the product better by sharing their personal experiences with our tools. We also have our Exchange where people can submit their ideas and have the community vote them up (or not.)

Stay tuned for more news as we get closer to our release date. You can stay on top of things by liking our page on Facebook too.

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