Oracle SQL Developer vs. Microsoft SQL Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SQL Developer
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
Oracle SQL Developer is an integrated development environment (IDE) which provides editors for working with SQL, PL/SQL, Stored Java Procedures, and XML in Oracle databases.N/A
Microsoft SQL Server
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database.
$1,418
Per License
Pricing
Oracle SQL DeveloperMicrosoft SQL Server
Editions & Modules
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Subscription
$1,418.00
Per License
Enterprise
$13,748.00
Per License
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SQL DeveloperMicrosoft SQL Server
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Oracle SQL DeveloperMicrosoft SQL Server
Considered Both Products
SQL Developer
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
In addition to Oracle SQL Developer I have used Microsoft SQL Server management studio, Toad for Oracle, SAS, and other third party SQL tools. I have found Oracle SQL Developer to be one of the best all around tools for accessing Oracle databases, as well as interfacing with …
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
Having used both TOAD and PL/SQL Developer, I believe SQL Developer from Oracle is a most than acceptable alternative, maybe not as powerful and complete as them but being free has a very positive impact. Most development profiles can work perfectly using SQL Developer while …
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
[Oracle SQL Developer] is well suited when one doesn't need to work heavily on DB; a person who has just started learning SQL or working on SQL can work easily using SQL developer. It's free.
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
Oracle SQL Developer is better than SQL server, as it is easy to set up and install. Oracle SQL Developer is better in UI than SQL server. The features are almost the same. In comparison to DBeaver, it is much easier to set up as DBeaver's installation and setup is very …
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
SQL Developer is the primary tool we use to develop queries for our Jaspersoft reports. It integrates seamlessly with the tools in our environment making it the logical tool for our applications.
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
SQL developer is not my favorite but it is better than others that I have used, using it versus a different system was not an option that I had, but I'm happy with it
Chose Oracle SQL Developer
  • Oracle SQL Developer can connect to many different database management systems, such as Postgres SQL, Enterprise DB, Microsoft SQL Server, etc.
  • Enhanced capabilities for querying
  • Ease of usage and simple UI
Microsoft SQL Server

No answer on this topic

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User Ratings
Oracle SQL DeveloperMicrosoft SQL Server
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(72 ratings)
9.6
(96 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
9.9
(10 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(2 ratings)
7.9
(25 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.2
(2 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
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9.0
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User Testimonials
Oracle SQL DeveloperMicrosoft SQL Server
Likelihood to Recommend
Oracle
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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Microsoft
Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
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Pros
Oracle
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
  • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
  • Data Security
  • Easy to understand and use
  • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
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Cons
Oracle
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
  • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
  • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
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Likelihood to Renew
Oracle
We had already thought of changing to TOAD, but we decided to stick with Oracle SQL Developer until the end.
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Microsoft
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
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Usability
Oracle
At times, Oracle SQL Developer may experience freezing issues. However, despite this occasional inconvenience, the tool offers valuable features such as the ability to integrate plugins like utPLSQL, which greatly assists in debugging and testing our packages. Additionally, the usage of breakpoints and the flexibility to format text according to individual configurations enhance the debugging process.
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Microsoft
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
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Reliability and Availability
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Its does not have outages.
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Performance
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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Support Rating
Oracle
Large user community support
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Microsoft
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
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In-Person Training
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
It was good
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Online Training
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
very hands on and detailed training
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Implementation Rating
Oracle
Just download and uncompress!
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Microsoft
Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
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Alternatives Considered
Oracle
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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Microsoft
[Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
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Scalability
Oracle
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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Return on Investment
Oracle
  • 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.
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Microsoft
  • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
  • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
  • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
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