SQL Developer Data Modeling
During my regular RSS feed browsing I noticed Sue Harper announcement of Early Adopter Release of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modelling tool. This is really a good news.
We used to be a vivid Designer/Developer shop in the past but we left this Oracle technology track in 6i time frame. Rightly so, considering that only Oracle (“a damage control section of it”;-) itself believes in long Developer/Designer prospect – let’s face it, both product lines are dead, we should not pretend to believe otherwise (and yes, I read Oracle white paper – State of direction and I still think the same).
What I miss the most are perhaps Designer ER modeling and Reverse Engineering capabilities. Not so long ago we tried Quest Toad Data Modeler which is not a bad tool. It’s cheap, relatively light (thought it can become a memory & CPU hog), easy to learn and use, supports all major RDBMS vendors and can do reverse engineering, but the competition never hurts.
I just downloaded Early Adopter Release and tried a few things. What to say? I do like look and feel of OSDM, but it’s too early to do a fair justice to the product. What I do know is that the price is right ;-).