Oracle Gets a New Toad from Quest
- By Kathleen Ohlson
Quest Software recently introduced its latest version of Toad for Oracle, used
to manage database objects, create and debug PL/SQL, and create, execute and
optimize SQL queries. The database tool is aimed at Oracle Real Application
Clusters, Citrix and terminal server environments.
Version 8.5 of Toad for Oracle features an auditing interface that enables
users to administer Oracle’s auditing capabilities, including the ability
to view audit trails to meet compliance requirements. Its enhanced project management
is designed to help customers load and run scripts and SQL statements against
multiple databases simultaneously.
Users can parse and browse the contents of Oracle export files through its
export file browser, enabling them to choose the content they need without importing
the files into the database. A Windows task schedule interface schedules any
data description language task from within Toad for Oracle.
Code expert now features SQL scanning and a matrix for reporting script and
PL/SQL data access based on code correctness, efficiency, maintainability, program
structure and readability. With it, developers and administrators can debug
PL/SQL code that is written and run from any client server app with a just-in-time
debugger, connecting directly to the app and debugging multi-tier apps in real
Constellation Energy, which uses Toad for Oracle 7.6, plans to move to the
new version, says Jeffrey Johnson, manager of IT corporate applications at Constellation
Energy. The company supplies electricity to large commercial and industrial
customers in North America. It owns or co-owns 35 power plants in 11 states,
and delivers electricity and natural gas through its regulated utility, Baltimore
Gas & Electric.
“We are looking forward to increased support for stored procedure and
package development,” Johnson says. Past upgrades went “fairly smoothly,”
pushing out to desktop users automatically, and Johnson expects this upgrade
to do the same. “As we move more and more code into the database for processing,
tuned, optimized and well-managed code will become increasingly important.”
Constellation’s Oracle database supports human resources, payroll, corporate
portal, document management and financial apps. The company’s developers
and database analysts use Toad for Oracle to format output from SQL queries
and long lines of SQL source code into color-coded paragraphs. Developers create
and maintain stored procedures, triggers and packages. The tool also helps Constellation
perform database comparisons during projects to ensure environment uniformity,
as well as for preparation for deployments, according to Johnson.
Toad for Oracle 8.5 comes in four editions: Toad for Oracle, Toad for Oracle
Professional, Toad for Oracle Xpert and Toad for Oracle Suite. It supports Oracle
platform versions 7.3.4 and higher. Pricing starts at $870 per seat.
Kathleen Ohlson is senior editor at Application Development Trends magazine.