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Category: Database Stuff

Getting Your DBMS_OUTPUT Super Fast

SQL Developer has a DBMS Output panel you can open and add to your desktop. You then add a connection you want to poll, and then you enable polling. It’s about 4 clicks. If you want to increase the default buffer size from 20,000 characters, then that’s a few more clicks and keystrokes. A friend […]

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Customizing SQL Developer Toolbars

We already have some pretty Spartan toolbars. We aim for fewer buttons, not less. But maybe you want to go SUPER Spartan. Even fewer buttons! Yeah, you can do that. View > Show Toolbars > Customize Main Toolbar > Customize I’m going to take a few things off the main editor and data modeler toolbars. […]

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SQL Developer Looks Cool

I sometimes get a double-take when I do a blog post or tweet or show a picture of SQL Developer running on my Mac. My Macbook is my personal machine: I don’t normally do live-demo’s on it, but I almost always do my blog posts and screenshots from there. For official webcast stuff and conferences, […]

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Can Oracle SQL Developer do that?

Here’s a quick run-down of FAQ’s I get when doing presentations or demos. Can SQL Developer… Extend a tablespace? Yes. You can edit an existing data file or add a new one. We’ll also show you the SQL that’s going to be used so you can copy it to run in SQL*Plus or wherever. And […]

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Why DESC When You Can INFO in Oracle SQLcl?

INFORMATION is a new command available in SQLcl, a command-line interface to Oracle Database. [email protected] >help information INFORMATION ——–   This command IS LIKE DESCRIBE but WITH more details about the objects requested.   INFO[RMATION] {[schema.]object[@connect_identifier]} INFO+ will SHOW COLUMN statistics   [email protected] > It’s available for tables and views, of course. Here’s a table. […]

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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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