Yes, I know it’s 2019. But this version of SQL Developer was finished in early December. We just experienced a bottleneck with testing and security as the end of the year sees all of Oracle US on vacation.
Version 18.4 of SQL Developer introduces zero new features. Just bug fixes.
This release should be in the running for one of the best ever – at the time we cut the final build we had the lowest known number of bugs in the product since it was probably launched back in 2005.
Some of the bug fixes did involve features getting better or changing somewhat – but this was very isolated. One example is with exporting files using any of the utilities. You won’t see the Log file opened in the desktop anymore after doing an export, instead the details will go in to a new log panel called ‘Utilities’ – and the information there will be much more useful.
For our PL/SQL friends – breadcrumbs are back! But not the performance issues that they previously suffered from.
Oh, and the RPM distribution is back for version 18.4. A boo-boo prevented it from going out for version 18.3 – apologies for that. But it’s back now for our *NIX friends
The Java Story
As you may have heard, Oracle Java JDK licensing has changed. What does that mean for SQL Developer? As SQL Developer is part of the Oracle Database product, which requires Java, our users are entitled to use the Oracle JDK and JRE without the need to separately purchase Java SE Subscriptions. The licensing/legal language is currently available in this MOS Document.
Of course our story doesn’t stop there, what about Java 11? Work is underway to get there – for all of our products. And you’ll notice that version 18.4 is now also available for SQLcl, Data Modeler, and ORDS.