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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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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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Making Your Own Custom Object Navigators

The Connection Tree and Schema Browser make pretty nifty object navigators. But maybe you want your own custom list of objects. Perhaps you’re working on a project and you only want to see objects that pertain to Project XYZ. And you’re able to ID these objects by a common column ID – or use your […]

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Click vs Type…Again.

This might sound preachy, but it’s mostly not intentional, mostly. You might really enjoy the flexibility of the PL/SQL APIs the database provides for things like Resource management, the Scheduler, Data Pump. You might even have memorized the PL/SQL function/proc names and arguments required to create a job, or change up a resource. But do […]

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Object Search in SQLcl?

I’m always looking for things. I love the ALT+G trick in SQL Developer. But what about the command-line? One of the really nice things about SQLcl is that if you can’t do what you want with the available commands, you can just build your own. That’s especially true now that we have JavaScript support. But […]

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Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Remember back when Corel first released WordPerfect? Remember how it had like a bazillion keyboard shortcuts, and you needed help remembering them all? No? You probably also don’t remember a world sans e-mail and smart phones either. Oh well. Anyways, we have lots of keyboard shortcuts in SQL Developer and a few in SQLcl. You […]

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SQL Developer and RAC

Yeah, we support RAC. Note, we did fix quite a few RAC related bugs in the 4.1.1 update. These screenshots were taken with version 4.1.2. When you want to look at historical data in ASH or AWR, you’ll have to specify the Instance number to pull the report from. And the report… Or if you […]

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Multi-Select Object Actions via XML Extensions

You want to drop, purge 10 tables, and you don’t want to select, click, click, click 10x. What’s a SQL Developer user to do? Well, if you want to live dangerously, you could build a custom extension for SQL Developer to do that for you. We tweaked the IDE to allow this in version 4.1.2 […]

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