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 was also not the first developer tool to come from Oracle. But this one had a lot of people excited.

The excitement and potential have been realized. I talk to customers every day that want to use the tool more. Learn more about it. Make sure they’re not missing out on anything.

Just today got an email from a customer in Germany that was getting ready to push it out on 500 desktops. Is that a big number? It’s all relative I suppose. We measure active users and downloads. Both of those numbers continue to grow at significant rates. I keep waiting for the numbers to flat line or at least grow at a less agressive rate.

But it keeps growing. Which makes me happy. There are many more users out there to help.

SQLcl is a big part of reaching more of our customers. Having a measurable impact on our users daily lives and work product – that is our #1 goal here on the database development tools team. So whether you’re in a desktop GUI, on the command-line, or in a browser – our goal is to help you do your job. Developer, DBA, analyst, spreadsheet engineer, ‘that query gal’ – everybody.

Thanks for a great 2015. 2016 has a ton of cool stuff on the docket. I hope to see you at a conference, user group, or on-the-line soon. As always, keep up the feedback. Without you, we’re just a few millions lines of code.

oracle sql developer timeline
A lot of stuff to fit on a single slide 🙂

I'm a Distinguished Product Manager at Oracle. My mission is to help you and your company be more efficient with our database tools.


  1. Rick Strickland Reply

    I support multiple contracts, some have OEM and other commercial tools available, but all have SQL Developer avaiiable, so I use SQL Developer on all the contracts.

  2. Happy birthday!
    And thank you for you work, i tryied SQL dev at the beginning but wasn’t convinced. I found your blog and rediscovered the power of SQL developer. I presented it to our team and now we are moving from “Frog” to SQL developer. We are not 500, but we have tons of scripts and packages to handle.
    I forgot to mention that the image is a little blurrerd at the bottom right, could you fix it?

    • some cool things perhaps for plsql debugging, explain plan/real time sql monitoring improvements, some new DBA interfaces

      of course any/all/none of that could actually happen in 2016

    • That’s what I thought too. He’s teasing us.

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