2022-10-11

Quoted Identifiers #JoelKallmanDay

Background and TL;DR Connor McDonald wrote a blog post named Cleaner DDL than DBMS_METADATA. Back then he asked me if it would be possible to let the formatter remove unnecessary double quotes from quoted identifiers. Yes, of course. Actually, the current version of the PL/SQL & SQL Formatter Settings does exactly that. […]
2022-07-31

Testing With utPLSQL – Made Easy With SQL Developer

Nowadays, everything is about automation. Software testing is no exception. After an introduction, we will create and run utPLSQL tests with Oracle SQL Developer for a fictitious user story. Our tests will cover a PL/SQL package, a virtual column, two database triggers and a view. The full code samples can be found […]
2022-07-17

plscope-utils for SQL Developer 1.0 – What’s New?

Introduction PL/Scope is an SDK for source code analysis. It is available since Oracle Database 11g Release 1 and has been significantly improved in 12c Release 2. plscope-utils for SQL Developer is a SQL Developer extension that simplifies the compilation with PL/Scope, visualizes PL/Scope information under a PL/Scope node in the Connections […]
2022-01-14

Finding Wrong Hints

Introduction I use the Oracle Database since many years. And I use hints. For experiments, but also in production code. There are cases when you know more than the Oracle Database. For example about the cardinality of a data source or the number of result rows to process or the number of […]
2021-08-29

Do Not Format Invalid Code in SQL Developer

Introduction What happens when you call the formatter in SQL Developer for invalid code? Until recently SQL Developer tried to format it anyway. This produced strange results in some cases. Starting with SQL Developer version 21.2.0 there is a hidden option to suppress formatting when the code is invalid. What Is Valid […]
2021-01-17

Accessing Snowflake from SQL Developer

My first day of work this year was a training day. As a participant in a “Snowflake Fundamentals” training course. I opted for the four-day, multi-week option so that I would have time to better absorb what I had just learned. Tomorrow is my third day and I plan to write more […]
2020-11-12

Formatter Callback Functions

Introduction In this blog post I explained how the formatter in SQL Developer works and outlined how you can change the formatter result using Arbori and JavaScript. In this post I explain what exactly the provided formatter callback functions do. For that I use simple examples. I produced all results with a […]
2020-11-01

Patching SQL Developer 20.2 with SQLcl’s Formatter

Introduction SQLcl 20.3.0 was released on October 29, 2020. It’s the first time I remember that we have a SQLcl version without the corresponding SQL Developer version. This is a pity because this SQLcl version also contains formatter fixes. And formatting code is something I do more often in the full-blown IDE […]
2020-10-10

Navigation in Large PL/SQL Code

Are you editing large PL/SQL code in SQL Developer? Have you noticed that sometimes you cannot navigate to a declaration anymore? No Ctrl-Click under Windows. No Command-Click under macOS. In this blog post I explain the reason and how to fix that in SQL Developer 20.2. What Is Large? Usually, we define […]
2020-09-28

Disable Formatter for Code Sections in SQL Developer

In this blog post I show how you can disable the formatter for some parts of your code. IntelliJ IDEA and the Eclipse IDE use tags in comments to identify sections of code that must not be formatted. By default these tags are @formatter:off and @formatter:on. Example [crayon-63620d2216cb7294800715/] When I format this […]