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Viewing BLOBs in SQL Developer as Text

I have talked about how to preview BLOBs (Binary Large Objects) as pictures… But someone on Stackoverflow asked how to read a BLOB value if it had text. So I spooled the content of my EMPLOYEES table to a txt file, as CSV, and then loaded that to a table as a BLOB. Then I […]

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A Place to Learn Oracle, No Setup Required

I answered this question on Quora yesterday: What are the best resources for learning Oracle Database? The biggest learning curve to learning Oracle Database, SQL, PL/SQL, and all the other cool technologies that come with our database, is figuring out how to download, install, and create a database FIRST. And then of course you’ll have […]

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2 Reports You Might Enjoy in Oracle SQL Developer

I keep telling people our reporting functionality is probably the most powerful AND overlooked feature in SQL Developer. Today I’m going to share 2 reports that I frequently forget about, that you may enjoy. Finding Unindexed Foreign Keys We all know this should not happen. We all know it eventually happens. Here’s a report to […]

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Case Closed: lower, InitCAP, UPPER, And Stuff

Best practice for code readability dictates that your keywords should always be in: insert your preferred style here __________. Here’s a Twitter poll I’m running if you want to personally weigh in: Do you agree? Best coding practices dictate uppercase identifiers? https://t.co/WhOZvL2Bmv — Jeff Smith ☜ (@thatjeffsmith) March 16, 2016 So even if we can’t […]

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SQLDev Trick: Alphabetized Column List in the Single Record Viewer

This trick’s title might actually be longer than the content – so guaranteed QUICK read! Question from a reader: is there a way to alphabetize the columns in the Single Record View? Quick Answer: No… Column order is usually something the application architect or data modeler deemed important, so we always show the column in […]

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Make SQL Developer Run Faster

Forgive the inelegant post title – but it gets to the point, and I reckon it might be closer to what folks will be Googling. I get questions from time to time around getting SQL Developer to load or respond quicker. Here’s the advice/tips I generally lead with: Look and Feel You can tell SQL […]

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3 Oracle SQL Developer Features Every DBA Should Know About

I just came from a DBA-dominated conference – Hotsos Symposium in Dallas, if you must know – and I came away with the impression that many a DBA out there is missing out on some key features and productivity-hacks in our dear ole IDE. I could give you 10 things, but I know DBAs are […]

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Advice on Finding Your Way Around a New Oracle Database

Received this query from a customer this morning… For your information, I’m average in SQL. What I would really like to know is if you can give me some tips regarding the use of Oracle SQL Developer in relation to a completely new database. So, are there functions/tools in Oracle SQL Developer which can help […]

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Oracle’s SQL Tuning Advisor and SQL Developer

If you have the Tuning Pack licensed, a couple of things become available for you in SQL Developer: the SQL Tuning Advisor Real Time SQL Monitoring If you DO NOT have this pack licensed, then you can disable these features in the SQL Developer UI via the preferences: Semi-Rant: considering giving your developers access to […]

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