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Managing Table and Column Comments in Oracle SQL Developer

An interesting question came up on the ORACLE-L mailing list this morning regarding table comments: Just wanted to get a general opinion on using comments in the database. For example COMMENT ON COLUMN table.column “No comment”. Does anyone do this as a regular best practice? I would prefer to see this abstraction in a data […]

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler: Using Displays…

…to Create Alternate Visual Presentations of your Diagrams Your data model tells a story, and we all learn as small children that the best stories have pictures – the more the better! There’s a reason I try to always have at least one picture in my blog posts – even adults are easily distracted. We […]

Synching your Oracle SQL Developer Data Model with the Database

So you’ve been working on your data model, and you’re wondering how far ‘out of whack’ it is with the production or development database instance. Sometimes folks manage to compile changes into the database, bypassing your design process and rules. If you’re wondering how to compare 2 models instead of your model with the database, […]

SQL Developer Data Modeler v3.3 Early Adopter: Search

The next version of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler is now available as an Early Adopter (read, beta) release. There are many new major feature enhancements to talk about, but today’s focus will be on the brand new Search mechanism. Data, data, data – SO MUCH data Google has made countless billions of dollars around […]

Oracle Open World 2012: SQL Developer Recap

Last week was the ‘big show’ in San Francisco. I was very happy to meet many of you in person. And many of you had questions – lots of questions! We had full or overflowing rooms for our sessions and hands-on-labs. The SQL Developer ‘booths’ were also slammed several times. So exciting to see so […]

DDL Script Previews in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler

Data Definition Language (DDL) is used to describe an object in SQL. When you model a table in your relational model using Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler, you are probably very curious as to the code that is being generated to represent that object. You can peek into this code using your mouse – You […]

Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD)

I have a nasty habit of not thinking. I take something for granted or assume something for so long, that it corrupts my original learning or understanding of a concept. And then when someone calls me out, my first reaction is to defend my ‘shortcut’ thinking instead of re-evaluating my set of assumptions. So I’ve […]