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Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 Paperback – October 20, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196262
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sue Harper

Sue Harper was a senior school mathematics and science teacher by profession. It was this teaching qualification that opened the door to Oracle in South Africa, where Sue started as a SQL, PL/SQL, SQL Forms, and Reports instructor in 1992. Before long she'd added Oracle Designer to her repertoire and soon left for the UK, to join the Designer curriculum development team. Sue was a course writer and then product manager for Oracle Designer for many years, traveling extensively meeting customers and training Oracle staff and instructors. Sue was later product manager for Oracle JDeveloper working with database and modeling tools in that product. Sue is currently product manager for Oracle SQL Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler, and SQL Developer Migrations. Based at home, Sue works with her team, scattered around the world and customers, running web-based training sessions or helping with individual queries. She frequently attends conferences where she presents SQL Developer material and works with customers on their queries.

Sue lives in West London, where she enjoys walking with her camera and her dog in the extensive local parks and further afield throughout the UK.

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It's a must read for everybody who's working with Oracle.
Daneasa Andrei
It reads very easily, has great examples and is very relevant.
Jason Williamson
I've been skimming through the book for the last week or so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been using Oracle SQL Developer I think since the very first initial betas. I could never stand the TOAD interface and the few bugs I encountered with SQL Developer were never bothersome enough to stop using the tool.

Over the years SQL Developer has matured very nicely and now is very stable and feature rich.

Oracle SQL Developer 2.1 by Sue Harper covers the latest release for SQL Developer - 2.1. This release brought a lot of stability to the project and also introduced the new Data Modeler from Oracle.

I've been skimming through the book for the last week or so. I honestly thought since I've been using SQL Developer for so long there would be very little new to me in the book but I've been pleasantly surprised and have picked up a lot of small tips that have helped me work smarter and more efficiently with SQL Developer.

The book covers quite a bit:

* Install, configure, customize, and manage your SQL Developer environment
* Includes the latest features to enhance productivity and simplify database development
* Covers reporting, testing, and debugging concepts
* Meet the new powerful Data Modeling tool - Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler
* Detailed code examples and screenshots for easy learning

A few useful tips I've picked up since reading the book have been:

* The ability to highlight and filter data in the grids. This is really useful when you are trying to dig through some complicated data looking for very particular information.
* Using bind variables in the worksheet.
* The code formatter - cleaning up my mess!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Jason Bennett on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been using Oracle's SQL Developer tool on and off since it's "Project Raptor" days. I had yet to come across a definitive and all encompassing guide to using SQL Developer, until the UPS driver delivered the book into my hands a few weeks ago.

The book does a fantastic job of covering everything from basic installation and configuration to data modeling to creating your own custom extensions to SQL Developer. I was happy to see that it was written for all audiences from beginners to advanced users. Unlike a lot of "how to" books written about Oracle tools, this book isn't packed full of fluff. The book contains 13 chapters in 459 pages and covers all of the key features of the tool and more. The chapters are concise and contain well thought out examples and illustrations. There are even small sections within topic areas that provide what I call "insider tips" containing useful tidbits of information.

I took this book to work with me over a two week period to verify it's usefulness as a day to day tool. In that two week period, I read the book cover to cover and actually learned quite few new things. I was most impressed with the coverage of new features such as the new data modeling component, and integration with Oracle APEX ... new tricks for old dogs! Chapter13, which covers the data migration feature, is an absolute gem. The data migration feature is (in my opinion) one of the most valuable and useful components of SQL Developer. I have actually used this feature to migrate SQL Server databases (structure and data) in their entirety to Oracle. Every step of the migration can be accomplished using SQL Developer, and chapter 13 covers the process very well.

The bottom line ... I give this book two thumbs up! It's definitely a must have for your tech library if you are a user of Oracle SQL Developer.

Jason Bennett
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scottm4321 on March 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm an absolute beginner, taking a college course in database. I could barely get oracle 11g up and running after 3 days of trying and couldn't figure out how to make connections work. I saw a snippet of this book somewhere else and in 1/2 an hour I'm up and running. Thank you Sue Harper! I'm buying your book now.
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