Oracle SQL Developer Version 18.4 Sneak Peek

So someone asked us on Twitter this morning about a new Document that opens on an Export of a query result set.

The short answer is, that wasn’t intentional – it’s a BUG. Good news – we HAVE cleaned that up for version 18.4.

But, what exactly are we doing for 18.4?

Kill All the Bugs

For this version, it will just include bug fixes – no new features. So for Holiday Season, you can expect the most stable and reliable version of 18.

So to fix the aforementioned bug, we will write notes on doing things like database copies, exports, etc – in a new Utilities log panel. You won’t see this unless you have opened the Log panel, so it won’t be intrusive. Plus, you’ll see how long it took for us to do something, and if we spit out a file, we’ll include links to make them easier for you to open.

Yes, that’s a link. It took 1 second to build a 1300 rows Excel file, fwiw.

Several releases ago we had to disable a popular feature, due to performance issues when working with larger code blocks – Breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumbs will be back. And yes – you can still turn them off in the preferences.

Well, I’m happy to report we’re working to bring that back. It’s apparently ‘wicked fast’ now, and it’s getting the info from our Abori parser, which you can see in the Code Outline.

So, some of the bug fixes will result in improved features – we have a list of things that are getting added to our Real Time SQL Monitoring Reports for example, so it should offer quite a it of value over just saying ‘we close a ton of bugs.’

Also, I’m not sure we can get to Zero published/known bugs for version 18.4, but that’s our goal!

Please contact your My Oracle Support rep on any open bugs or service requests you want updates on.

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