I often hear from customers: Oracle database server is so expensive. Well, I often answer: That depends! In fact, the Oracle database license costs are similar to software from Oracle’s competitors. Microsoft SQL Server has a different license model though. Oracle has a lot of advantages in its flexible license model as well as number of Open Source initiatives. Together, these options allow an enterprise to get cost savings on their IT investments. Read more »
I remember testing the Project Raptor software about 5 years ago, Oracle’s new graphical tool for creating and browsing database objects. With a few clicks you could easily create and debug stored procedures, test SQL statements and view optimizer plans. Raptor was small, fast, and fun, and perhaps best of all, it was FREE! Later, the SQL Developer production version 1.0 was released in 2006.
Right from the beginning the tool was supported by Oracle Support for any customer with a current Oracle Database support contract. I admit I did not use SQL Developer right from the beginning. With more features coming into the new releases I started slowly accommodating them in my DBA toolset. So what’s now? Is it still small, fast and fun? Read below my short software review of the current SQL Developer version 188.8.131.52. Read more »
Database performance tuning can be complicated even for a DBA. In many cases a database just seems like as a big black box. Recently I’ve had a chance to review database software called Embarcadero DB Optimizer XE that tries to open that black box for database developers and a DBA. Read more »