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Break New Ground

SQL Developer Web Now Available for Oracle Autonomous Database

Jeff Smith
Master Product Manager

The Autonomous Database is offered via two services in our Oracle Cloud, Autonomous Data Warehouse and Autonomous Transaction Processing.

Both use machine learning and automation to eliminate complexity, human error, and manual management, helping to ensure higher reliability, security, and more operational efficiency.

Available as of today, these services now also include:

  • Oracle SQL Developer Web
  • Oracle REST Data Services for RESTful Services and SODA

From your service console, you can launch SQL Developer Web – a web interface for working with your Oracle Database. Run queries, create tables, generate schema diagrams, and more.

SQL Developer is a mature desktop offering servicing more than 5,000,000 Oracle professionals around the world, and now it's primary features also available directly in your browser.

 

An Overview of SQL Developer Web

 

Accessing SQL Developer Web

Navigate to your Autonomous Database Service Console. Then, navigate to Administration, and find the REST Data Services section. There you will find links for both APEX and SQL Developer Web.

Click on SQL Developer Web

 

This will open the application, and you will be prompted for a database user name and password.

Your ADMIN account is accessible via SQL Developer Web by default.

 

It's All About the Worksheet

While SQL Developer Web has many compelling features, the biggest impact to your everyday experience with the Oracle Autonomous Database will be your ability to immediately start working with your instance via SQL and PL/SQL – directly in your browser via the SQL Worksheet.

Run queries, create objects, interact with your database with the same SQL and PL/SQL you use in SQL Developer on your desktop.

 

Help and Getting Started

In the Worksheet and Modeler screens, you'll find a Binoculars button which launched a guide tour of that portion of the application.

The tour starts on your first visit to SQL Developer Web, but you can access it later any point using the Binoculars button next to the Help in the upper right hand corner of the worksheet.

 

And of course there is also the in-app Help and Documentation.

The underlined text at the end of the in-app feature help will navigate you to the relevant section of the Oracle Docs for SQL Developer Web.

 

Using APEX for the First Time in Autonomous?

Yes, there's also APEX support! When you click on the APEX link in the Console, you'll get to here:

Click here!

And now you you'll want to go into the admin pages…

Click that box, and you'll be into your administration pages where you can create your first workspace and assign it to a schema.

 

These pages should look familiar…

So you're saying, well how do I create a new schema for my APEX application workspace?

Try SQL Developer Web!

Now I have a schema for my APEX Workspace. Note that I'll need to REST enable it to login using my new thatjeffsmith user in SQL Developer Web, or call any RESTful Services in that schema:

BEGIN
BEGIN
    ORDS.ENABLE_SCHEMA(p_enabled => TRUE,
                       p_schema => 'THATJEFFSMITH',
                       p_url_mapping_type => 'BASE_PATH',
                       p_url_mapping_pattern => 'tjs',
                       p_auto_rest_auth => FALSE);
    COMMIT;
END;
/

If you run this above code, you'll be able to login to SQL Developer Web. Just mind that the URL will look like this...
https://yourdatacenteripaddress-1.oraclecloudapps.com/ords/tjs/_sdw/?nav=worksheet

Note that I have /tjs/ in the URI. That’s the p_url_mapping_pattern referenced in the ORDS.ENABLE_SCHEMA package call.