2020-10-10
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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
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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-5f8a95461bcfd779778429/] When I format this […]
2020-09-07
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Highlight Hints in SQL Developer

Introduction In this blog post I explain how you can configure your SQL Developer to highlight hints and distinguish them from ordinary comments. The SQL Language Reference for Oracle Database 19c defines hints as follows: Hints are comments in a SQL statement that pass instructions to the Oracle Database optimizer. The optimizer […]
2020-08-28
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Formatting SQL Code Blocks in Markdown Files

Introduction Everything Changes. Our Trivadis SQL & PL/SQL Coding Guidelines are no exceptions. We plan to change rule #1 of our coding styles. From “Keywords are written uppercase, names are written in lowercase.”  to “Keywords and names are written in lowercase.“. We have 103 Markdown files and most of them contain several […]
2020-08-09
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Formatting SQL Scripts in a Directory Tree with SQLcl

Introduction Oracle’s SQL Developer can format code in any worksheet and PL/SQL editor. The formatter is highly configurable and the default formatting results are becoming better with every version. Oracle’s SQLcl is a command-line tool. It’s a stripped down version of SQL Developer and known as a user-friendly alternative for SQL*Plus. But […]
2020-06-07
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utPLSQL for SQL Developer 1.2 – What’s New?

Today I released an update of the utPLSQL extension for SQL Developer. In this blog post I explain the changes in the latest version 1.2. These are the new features: Debug Test Cancel Test Run Test Run with Code Coverage Java instead of Xtend Download the latest version from GitHub. Debug Test […]
2020-06-06
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Bye bye Xtend, Welcome Java

Introduction The utPLSQL extension for SQL Developer was originally written in Xtend. In this blog post I explain why we decided to migrate the project to Java and how we’ve done that. Why Replace Xtend? Xtend is a statically typed, clean language with excellent string templating features and a fine integration into […]
2020-04-26
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Syntax Highlighting With SQL Developer

Introduction A customer asked me if it is possible to show unused identifiers in SQL Developer. Since there is no PL/SQL compile warning for that, you might be tempted to say no. But you can always use PL/SQL Cop for static code analysis. Guideline G-1030 deals with variables and constants and guideline […]
2020-04-13
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Formatting Code With SQL Developer

Introduction I started using SQL Developer in 2013. Back then version 4.0 was the latest and greatest. But the capabilities of the formatter were disappointing. In 2017 Oracle released version 4.2 with a new formatter and has been improving it ever since. Version 19.2 brought us dynamic JavaScript actions within the parse-tree […]
2019-12-21

Update Center for Free SQL Developer Extensions

Introduction In July 2017 Oracle announced to release updates for SQL Developer on a quarterly basis. Installing multiple versions of SQL Developer on the same machine is not a problem. Therefore many developers install a new version as soon as it becomes available. On the first start SQL Developer offers to import […]