Oracle releases free SQL Developer tool

Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle SQL Developer (formerly code-named Project Raptor), a free database development tool. SQL Developer reduces the need for third-party tools for developing and debugging SQL and PL/SQL code, according to Oracle.

The features are designed to help database developers perform tasks such as object browsing and creation, running SQL statements and SQL scripts, editing and debugging PL/SQL code, and viewing and updating data. The tool provides pre-built reports and also supports custom reports. Additionally, SQL Developer includes a code formatter and code snippets to save database developers time and effort.

Oracle SQL Developer is available for all releases of Oracle Database 10g and for Oracle9i Database Release 2. Additionally, it is certified to run against all editions of Oracle Database 10g, including Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Standard Edition One and Express Edition.

The production version of Oracle SQL Developer is available for download from the Oracle Technology Network. Available for Linux, Macintosh and Windows platforms, Oracle SQL Developer is free of charge and is supported for any customer with an Oracle Database license.