PL/SQL Developer 12.0
|PL/SQL Developer is an Integrated Development Environment that is
specifically targeted at the development of stored program units for Oracle Databases.
Over time we have seen more and more business logic and application logic move into the
Oracle Server, so that PL/SQL programming has become a significant part of the total
development process. PL/SQL Developer focuses on ease of use, code quality and
productivity, key advantages during Oracle application development.
brief description of the new features in version 12.0, visit the
New Features page.
PL/SQL Developer's IDE
The following are major features of PL/SQL Developer:
|Powerful PL/SQL Editor
With its Syntax Highlighting, SQL and PL/SQL help, Object Descriptions, Code
Assistant, Compiler Hints, Refactoring, PL/SQL Beautifier, Code Contents, Code Hierarchy,
Code Folding, Hyperlink
Navigation, Macro Library and many other sophisticated features, the Unicode
compliant editor will even
appeal to the most demanding user. Information is automatically presented to you when you
need it, or is at most one click away.
The PL/SQL Editor
The integrated debugger offers all features you could wish for: Step In, Step Over, Step
Out, Run Until Exception, Breakpoints, View & Set Variables, View Call Stack, and so
on. You can debug any program unit without making any modification to it, including
triggers and object types.
The PL/SQL Beautifier allows you to format your SQL and PL/SQL code through a
user-defined set of rules. Your code can automatically be beautified when you compile,
save, or open a file. This feature will increase your coding productivity and will improve
the readability of your PL/SQL code if you are working in large project teams.
The PL/SQL Beautifier
The SQL Window allows you to enter any SQL statement or multiple statements and view or edit the results in a
grid. The result grid supports a Query By Example mode to search specific records in a result set.
You can easily recall previously executed SQL statements from a history buffer. The SQL
editor provides the same powerful features as the PL/SQL Editor.
The SQL Window
To develop and execute SQL scripts you can use PL/SQL Developer's Command Window.
This window has the same look and feel as SQL*Plus, and additionally has a built-in script
editor with corresponding syntax highlighting. Now you can develop your scripts without
the "edit script / save it / switch to SQL*Plus / run script" cycle, and without
leaving the comfortable PL/SQL Developer IDE.
The Command Window
To run reports against your application data or against the Oracle dictionary,
you can use PL/SQL Developer's built-in Report functionality. There are a number of
standard reports, and you can easily create your own custom reports. These custom reports
can be saved in a report file, which can in turn be included in the reports menu. This
makes it very easy to run your own frequently used custom reports.
You can use the Query Reporter freeware tool to run your reports
without PL/SQL Developer, and to run them from the command-line.
The Report Window
The Diagram Window allows you to create a graphical representation
of a selection of objects. This way you can easily visualize (a part of) the
database objects of your application or project and their relations. A
diagram can be used for documentation purposes, but can also serve as a
workspace. Right-clicking on an object provides access to all object
functions, and double-clicking on an object will invoke the default action
for the object type.
The Diagram Window
To organize your work you can use PL/SQL Developer's built-in
project concept. A project consists of a collection of source files,
database objects, notes, and options. It allows you to work within the scope
of a specific set of items, instead of a complete database or schema. This
makes it easy to find the project items you need, to compile all project
items, or to move a project from one location or database to another.
For regression testing you can use PL/SQL Developer's built-in Test
Manager. You can define and run a Test Set, and quickly determine if all
tests run correctly. In case of an error, the Test Manager can launch the
Debugger to investigate the cause of the
error. You can run Test Sets from the Command
Window for automated regression testing.
The Test Manager
You can use To-Do Items in any SQL or PL/SQL source file to make a
quick note that something needs to be done in this source file. You can
access this information later from the To-Do List, either at the object
level or at the project level.
This configurable tree-view displays all information that is relevant to PL/SQL
development. Use it to get object descriptions, to view object definitions, to create test
scripts for the debugger, to enable and disable triggers and constraints, to recompile
invalid objects, to query or edit tables or view data, to search for text in object
sources, to drag and drop object names into an editor, and so on.
The Object Browser additionally displays dependencies among objects, and
lets you recursively expand these dependant objects (e.g. package references
view, view references table, super/subtypes, and son on).
The Object Browser
If you frequently access source files and scripts from a limited
set of locations (e.g. project directories, tool directories, and so on),
you can use the File Browser for quick and easy access. Instead of opening a
file selector to open or save files, you can access them directly from
PL/SQL Developer’s work area. From the File Browser tree you can access
files and directories from user-defined locations on the local computer or
on the network. You can quickly open, save, rename, and delete files here.
You can use the File Browser as a docked or floating tool.
If you have the
Version Control Plug-In installed, you can
directly perform VCS operations from the File Browser, such as check-in,
check-out, history, difference, and so on.
The File Browser
PL/SQL Developer allows you to work with multiple connections simultaneously.
The dockable Connection List makes working with multiple connections easy
with a hierarchical view where you can quickly open windows and tools for a
connection, view which windows belong to a connection, and so on.
The Connection List
You can use the DBMS Scheduler tool to access the Oracle database scheduler
(DBMS_SCHEDULER) provided in Oracle10g and later. The tool can be used to
manage DBMS Scheduler object definitions for object types such as
Jobs, Programs, Windows, and so on. It can also be used to query job run
To optimize the performance to your SQL and PL/SQL code, you can use the PL/SQL
Profiler to view timing information of each executed line of PL/SQL code (Oracle8i and
Furthermore you can automatically get statistics on executed SQL statements and PL/SQL
programs. These statistics can include CPU usage, block I/O, record I/O, table scans,
sorts, and so on.
Oracle supplies on-line manuals in HTML format. You can integrate these manuals
into PL/SQL Developer's environment to provide context sensitive help during editing,
compilation errors, and runtime errors.
You can view, create and modify tables, sequences, synonyms, libraries, directories,
jobs, queues, users
and roles without using any SQL. Just enter the information in an easy to use form, and
PL/SQL Developer will generate the appropriate SQL to create or alter the object.
PL/SQL Developer's Template List can be a real time-saver and can help you
enforce standardization. Whenever you need to insert some standard SQL or PL/SQL code into
an editor, and whenever you need to create a new program file from scratch, just click on
the corresponding template.
The Template List
The graphical Query Builder makes it easy to create new select statements or
modify existing ones. Just drag and drop tables and views, select columns for the field
list, where clause and order by clause, join tables based on foreign key constraint
definitions, and you're done. PL/SQL Developer's built-in Plug-In interface
allows for 3rd party query builders, such as the
Active Query Builder.
The Query Builder
|Compare User Objects
After making changes to table definitions, views, program units, and so on, it
may be useful to propagate these changes to another database user, or to find out what
exactly the differences are. This may be another development environment, a testing
environment, or a production environment. The Compare User Objects function allows you to
compare a selection of objects, to visualize the differences, and to execute or save a SQL
script that will apply the necessary changes.
Compare User Objects
|Export User Objects
To export the DDL (Data Definition Language) statements of a selection of objects
of a user, you can use the Export User Objects tool. This way you can easily recreate the
objects for another user, or you can save the file(s) as a backup.
Export User Objects
PL/SQL Developer includes several tools to make everyday development easier. You can
recompile all invalid objects, search for text in database sources, import and export
tables, generate test data, import text files or ODBC data, compare table
data, monitor dbms_alert and dbms_pipe events, view session information, and so on.
Find Database Objects
The functionality of PL/SQL Developer can be extended through Plug-Ins. We supply
Plug-Ins on the Plug-Ins page that you can download
without any extra costs. Plug-Ins can be provided by Allround Automations (such as the Version Control Plug-In or the plsqldoc
Plug-In) or by other users. If you have a programming language that can create DLL's,
you can even write your own Plug-Ins.
Version Control Plug-In
PL/SQL Developer is a multi-threaded IDE. This means that you can continue to
work as SQL queries are executing, PL/SQL programs are executing, debug sessions are
running, and so on. It also means that the IDE will not "hang" if you make a
programming error: you can break execution or save your work at any time.
No middle-ware required other than Oracle Net. No database object installation. Just
a simple one-button installation procedure and you're ready to use it.
PL/SQL Developer will run on Windows XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
and Windows 10. The supported Oracle
Server versions are 7.x, 8.x, 8i, 9i, 10g, 11g and 12c on any platform. To connect to an Oracle database,
the 32 bit PL/SQL Developer version requires a 32 bit Oracle Client and the
64 bit PL/SQL Developer version requires a 64 bit Oracle Client.
You can download
a fully functional 30-day trial version to try out PL/SQL Developer
yourself. If after 30 days you can't imagine how you've ever been able to work without
PL/SQL Developer, you can visit our
ordering page for ordering details and price information. We have a customer list available if you want to get an impression
of what organizations are using PL/SQL Developer.
You can read some reviews if you want a second opinion about PL/SQL Developer. If
you know of other on-line reviews, not listed here, please let us know.
- At Database Star
there is a list of all Oracle SQL IDEs Compared.
- At Oracle
FAQ there is an extensive review of PL/SQL Developer by Bill Coulam.
- At TechRepublic you can find a review by Stuart Vessels, you need to be a
- At ASPAlliance.com you can read a
product review of version 6.0