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Almost all development activities (the tool is called "SQL Developer", not "DBA Toolset") can be done easily and quick with [Oracle] SQL Developer. From data model creation (tables, views) to development (creation of procedures, functions, packages) and then testing (SQL Developer includes an easy to use debugger), all tasks can be performed in a single tool.
It may not be as complete as other solutions for DBA tasks like instance monitoring, but it is usually OK for development and testing environments if you want to do some basic troubleshooting.
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SAP SQL Anywhere is better than not using a database, let's be clear there! However, I wouldn't pick it as my first or even second or third choice. I'd recommend looking at other options. Largely, it appears less powerful both in terms of its robustness and general performance and in its implementation of SQL. The standard Sybase utilities provided are lacking in basic features, and the interactive SQL utility is quite horrendous. However, the great thing is it is an ODBC-compliant SQL-compliant relational database.
Read full review Pros Object Browser in SQL Developer allows you to explore the contents of your database using the connection tree. The SQL Worksheet is an editor that allows for execution of SQL statements, scripts, and PL/SQL anonymous blocks. SELECT statements can be executed to return results in a spreadsheet-like 'grid' or can be executed as a script such to emulate SQL*Plus behavior and output DBA Console allows users with administrative privileges to access DBA features such as database init file configuration, RMAN backup, storage, etc. Read full review Good performance with relatively large data sets - its cost-based query optimizer is particularly robust ANSI SQL compliant Supports T-SQL Scales well between the desktop (single user) and client/server installations supporting 50-1000 users Read full review Cons Inability to run multiple queries on the same database. You can only run one query on a given database. Analytical models created from complex tables isn't accurate, and needs work. Inability to view multiple tables of a database side-by-side. When trying to find correlations between tables, it would help to be able to see them at once on the same page. Read full review I think it should be more user friendly for non-technical users. More functional functionalities should be added to the object explore when working with a table to transform data/manipulate data. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
It allows most users to perform daily activities in a simple way, with no cost since the tool is free.
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Ease of use, relationship to existing software's used in house and familiarity with the product
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It has lot of features that are required in SQL editor. It does the job well and is reliable. It is user friendly, integrates with different databases, and can be used for advanced database management activities.
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Oracle support is good. In general a get good and quick answers to my questions.
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Just download and uncompress!
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I have started to use
Toad for Oracle
recently because it is easier to sort and filter results, due to their memory sort feature that puts the results from your query in memory so that you don't have to rerun your query. I have used SQL Developer to easily update records in tables that I need to fix. I haven't found an easy way to do this in Toad other than writing SQL insert statements.
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I worked with Oracle for years during my career. I wouldn't select SQL Anywhere to implement a global ATM system with tens of thousands of concurrent connections, but SQL Anywhere is much easier to use and deploy and works very well in workgroup settings. Query performance often exceeds some Oracle versions without having to rely on database tuning.
Read full review Return on Investment It gives 100% return on investment as it is free of cost. No need to have multiple tools for each database Considering the employee training, so one can save money on training, as it is not very hard to use so still savings. Read full review Skilled/experienced resources are less prominent than Microsoft SQL Server or even Oracle, or MySQL, so finding solutions and assistance, if needed, takes more time than it would with other platforms You will need to find a good SQL query tool by yourself because the Sybase Central / Interactive SQL utilities are lacking in many basic features, and just generally have a bad user interface Read full review ScreenShots