Eye on Oracle

Jul 24 2009   4:39PM GMT

Toad for Oracle 10 leapfrogs Oracle SQL Developer

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Which developer tool do you prefer: Toad, Oracle SQL Developer or PL/SQL Developer?

The last time we asked you to cast your vote for one of these three candidates, a clear winner did not emerge: some liked Toad because of its speed, some preferred SQL Developer because of its price and others didn’t see much difference between the three.

But users may now have many new reasons to choose Toad.

In what Quest VP Larry Humphries calls “one of Quest’s biggest and most exciting releases of Toad for Oracle in ten years,” Quest software announced that it expects to release Toad for Oracle 10 this October.  According to Quest’s press release, many of the features in the upcoming version were inspired by suggestions from users in the Toad community.

So, what can you expect in Toad for Oracle 10?

Quest has announced Toad enhancements in development, administration, platform and education. Some specific new features include editing enhancements, a schema ER diagram reporting window and greater manageability and automation abilities.

In his blog post “Sneak Peak at Toad v10,” Quest solution architect Jeff Smith takes an even closer look at three of the new features, namely full Unicode support, new data grids and the new ER diagrammer. Smith says one of the most noticeable changes for users will be the data grids, which has a new interface and the ability to auto-group by specific columns.

The good news is users don’t have to wait until this fall to get their hands on the new version. Quest is offering a Toad for Oracle beta program so users can get hands-on experience with the tool and offer feedback before it’s released.

If you’re an Oracle SQL Developer or PL/SQL Developer user, will these enhancements make you reconsider Toad? When you’re purchasing an editing and debugging tool, which is more important to you – price or functionality? And if you’ve already joined this beta program, let us know what you think of it so far?

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