SQL Developer has had a command-line interface of sorts. The primary use cases were for formatting files and running unit tests. However, we wanted to expand the support to include things like generating Carts and running reports.
Instead of just creating a few more one-off interfaces, we kind of started over and built a new CLI from scratch. Random Observation: Developers get very excited when they get to redo something.
Rather than call the main executable, we created a new one. So with SQL Developer version 4, when you run ‘sdcli.exe’ from the BIN directory, you’ll see something like this:
Please ignore the yellow highlighted text. That’s an error message that shouldn’t be appearing – a bug that we’ll have fixed for the next EA drop.
It’s the green part that’s more interesting!
What we have available now are the following features:
- cart: Database Cart Batch Tasks
- dba: Basic Batch DBA Tasks
- format: SQL Format Task
- migration: Database Migration Tasks
- reports: Basic Batch Reporting Tasks
- unittest: Unit Testing Batch Tasks
If I want to know the syntax for running one of these features, simply ask for it. Let’s look at Reports first. I reckon that this might be the most popular use case for the command-line interface.
Running Reports via the Command Line
If I run ‘sdcli64.exe reports’ – it will come back with the usage syntax for the reports option:
reports <command> <command arguments>
generate -report <path> -db <connection name> -file <output file> [-bind <bname>=<bvalue>]* generates an HTML report
Ok, so let’s run a report and see what happens.
C:\Users\jdsmith\Desktop\sqldeveloper\4.0 EA1\sqldeveloper\sqldeveloper\bin>sdcli64.exe reports generate -report "Demo for 4.0 Take Three" -db HR -file "C:\sqldev4.html"
Let’s break down that command:
sdcli64.exe reports – this part I hope you get
generate – at this time, generating a report is the only feature exposed, so let’s do that
-report “Demo for 4.0 Take Three” – the name of the report, contains spaces, so I’m quoting it
-db HR – the database connection name to run the report against, requires you to have saved the password
-file “C:\sqldev4.html” – the output, where do we want it and what’s it going to be named
At the moment only HTML is available for output options.
Ok, let’s go look at the output – which in this case is an HTML file.
All of the charts should render in HTML WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get. I haven’t played with all 6400 new chart types yet, so let me know if you find one it breaks on.