Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET
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Published: 07 Jul 2005
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Are you are a developer who works with an Oracle database? Have you been using SQL Plus or any of the other third-party tools for performing everyday database tasks, when what you really desire is a way to access your database within the Visual Studio .NET IDE? Steven Swafford has great news for you. Oracle just recently released its Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET, which now makes it a snap to interface with your Oracle database instance.
by Steven Swafford
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Working with an Oracle database has never been easier, now that Oracle has released its Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET. If you have experience working with a SQL Server database within Visual Studio .NET, you will discover the Oracle tool set is very recognizable and straightforward to become familiar with. The following features are accessible from this tool set.

  • Explorer - browse and alter a schema
  • Wizards
  • Designers
  • Automatic code generation
  • PL/SQL editor
  • Data window
  • Query window
  • Integrated help system

Oracle Developer Tools allows you to develop on a Windows platform, while the database may exist on any platform. Oracle states that this toolset is compatible with 10g, 9i, or 8i database instances. I strongly recommend that you take the time to read Oracle’s product documentation before you jump in headfirst. Just to offer an enticement, the Oracle Explorer Window looks very similar to other tools that you may be comfortable working with.

If you do not have a great deal of experience working with an Oracle database, the integrated help system will be an invaluable tool. By simply selecting a SQL or PL/SQL keyword and pressing the F1 key, you will be provided with examples and comprehensive explanations regarding that keyword.

The goal of this article is to discuss in detail the feature set, and allow you to walk away with a basic understanding of this product so that you may be more productive within the Visual Studio .NET IDE.

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