SQL Developer has averaged about a single major release a year. We’ve also always had an Early Adopter or open beta where we would debut new features, and you could provide feedback.
I think this worked – quite well even.
But that’s over.
Starting later this year, you’ll see us put our product (SQLDev, Data Modeler, SQLcl, ORDS) release updates every quarter. This allows us to keep up with the frequent release cycles we see in our Oracle Public Cloud services.
It also means you don’t have to wait as long for things like bug fixes and feature tweaks.
It also ALSO means we’re going to change how we number the versions.
Version 4.2 was the last version 4. Going forward, releases will be numbered by the Year.Quarter.Week of the release date.
It’ll be nice to know just how FAR out of date you are with your software 😉
More frequent updates means more iterative approach to building features. We like to go fast here, and now we can theoretically go even faster now. We still reserve the right to do an EA for ‘big stuff’ – but don’t expect an EA each quarter, that just won’t be happening.
So what’s next?
12c Sharding Support.
You’ll get an overview of your sharding directors, regions, groups, spaces, and of course, shards.
You’ll be able to dive into the instance viewer for these individual databases, or get into our new Data Guard console.
We’ll have a lot more to say about these new features when the release happens – there’s a lot more going on than just what you see in the screenshots.
Bug fixes – the things annoying you in v4.2 are annoying us too: the connection drop/reconnect stuff is on our ‘kill list’, tweaks to formatter behavior, fixing the data grid typing/input transposed characters stuff, copying/pasting stuff off the tree, etc.
And, the preferences search just got a huge upgrade. Should be much easier to find options using the search.