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SELECT SPLAT…To Just the Cols You Want

Question: I like SELECT *, but I don’t really want ALL the columns. Is there a better way? Side Note: People are giving me crap on the ‘SPLAT’ – it’s perfectly acceptable! To me at least… There’s a few better ways, and with an IDE like SQL Developer, you should expect lots of help in […]

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Resolutions for 2016

Our Database Insider Newsletter folks asked me to share some resolutions I had for 2016. 2015 was a great year for me, personally and professionally. I’m also continuously reminded of the things I don’t do so well and need to get better at. So here goes… Find new ways to reach and help our users. […]

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More SET SQLFORMAT fun in SQLcl

DELIMITED text files are popular ways of passing data around. CSV anyone? The C stands for ‘Comma’ – regardless of what your smug European friends may have told you 😉 #TonguePlantedFIRMLYInCheek Anyways, in SQL Developer, when using the export dialog to get a DELIMITED export for your dataset, you can set the delimiter and the […]

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Your Favorite Posts from 2015

These were the stories published this year that enjoyed the most readers. Sadly, an article I wrote many years ago on how to import data from Excel to Oracle, remains the #1 post overall. Stupid Excel. 10. SQL Developer version 4.1 Feature Recap So we released version 4.1 of SQL Developer this past May. This […]

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Formatting Code in SQLcl

Ever get a SQL statement from someone desperate for help? There’s 2 things these people do that drive me nuts: they send a SCREENSHOT of their code they send the Query as a single line of text If I’m in the command line, it’s real easy to fix the 2nd problem. Just use the FORMAT […]

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SQLcl: Optimizing Your History Lists

Since SQLcl is a command line tool, it’s not super helpful to have a huge command history list. How do I mean? Well, in the SQL Developer GUI, we have a History panel. It allows for sorting, filtering, scrolling, etc. So you can go ‘crazy’ and set your History limit to 1000 if you want. […]

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10 Years & Counting, Rock On

Doing the math, SQL Developer is officially 10 years old. Or should I say, 10 years young? I remember VERY clearly when this came out. It was seen as a very disruptive move by Oracle – a company for which I did not work at the time, so this is my personal recollection 🙂 It […]

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Your Definitive Guide to SQL History

I went to link to this post earlier today, and was shocked to discover I hadn’t actually written it yet. What’s the opposite of ‘bazinga!’ ? SQL Developer stores every query AND script you execute in a worksheet. A query being a single statement, and a script being one or more queries and/or anonymous blocks. […]

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5 SQLDev Features I’m Thankful For

I hope this post isn’t too cheesy. But it’s Turkey-week here in the USA, and the theme demands that homage be paid. So here are 5 features in Oracle SQL Developer that I use all the time, and am truly thankful for. They help me conserve energy, AND they make my job easier. I want […]

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