For some reason I procrastinated setting up my video software on my new work machine. Big mistake.

I put together this animated GIF to show some new things in version 4.2:

  • Updated formatter – better support for ANSI joins
  • Opening objects referenced in your execution plans
  • Inserting Hints
  • Not new but underutilized: how to compare plans/AutoTraces
Some of the larger GIFs won't play until you click/open them.
Some of the larger GIFs won’t play until you click/open them.

One Last Thing…

…don’t forget about the HotSpot feature we added in v4.1.

Clicking the 'Hotspot' url text will cycle you through the 'bad' areas of the execution plan.
Clicking the ‘Hotspot’ url text will cycle you through the ‘bad’ areas of the execution plan.

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  1. Thanks for the offer, but please don’t bother. This is a curiosity rather than a current need. I’ll revisit later if the need arises.
    Thank you!

  2. John Garmon Reply

    No specific questions. I’ve just been “Oracleized” a little over a year.

    On a side note, for some reason we just bought TOAD. I cannot imagine why, and I’m resisting the terrible learning curve. I really like SQL Developer for getting my work done.

    Thanks for the response.

    • Use what works – you can’t control what your company buys. Your software purchases generally have a 30 day refund/return policy though πŸ™‚

  3. John Garmon Reply


    I love you man, but seriously hate animated gifs. There I said it.

    Is there some way to pause them? Is there any way to start them from the beginning? Is there a way to make them full screen? Could you slow them down when you create them?

    At the very least there needs to be a marker of some sort that indicates the beginning has been reached, again and again and again and again.

    And now my pirate imitation…



    • John Garmon

      I really wanted the information you were presenting, but I just cannot watch this. Maybe this is because I am less familiar to start with.

      Please reconsider using animated GIFs like this in the future.

      Thank you,

    • YouTube is better for that, I like animated GIFs b/c i can drop them into my PPTs.

      I’ll consider this going forward, esp for the longer ones.

      Did you have any questions about what this was trying to show? I can add screenshots of key points if that would help.

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