Most of DBAs I know, use TOAD for doing daily tasks, but I prefer Oracle SQL Developer. In my opinion, it has 3 important advantages against TOAD:
- It’s platform-independent: Although I use Windows on my laptop now, I’m a big fan of Linux and Solaris, and I don’t like being dependent on a specific OS. Thanks to Java, Oracle SQL Developer is platform-independent.
- It supports multiple databases: You can use SQL Developer for Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, TimesTen, DB2 and (of course) Oracle.
- It’s extendible: Yes I know that there are not too much documents about it, but it’s extensible. For example, check FourthElephant’s extensions for SQL Developer: http://www.fourthelephant.com/sqldeveloper/download/
TOAD has a better interface because of using native Windows components but you can get used to SQL Developer if you spend time on it. Anyway, this blog has nothing to do with comparing SQL Developer and TOAD. I’ll just show how to configure SQL Developer to connect Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.
You need to download and install the required (and supported) JDBC drivers to make Oracle SQL Developer connect MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
For MySQL download the J/connecter from http://www.mysql.com/products/connector/
For Microsoft SQL Server download the jTDS from http://sourceforge.net/projects/jtds/. The JDBC driver which is published by Microsoft doesn’t work with Oracle SQL Developer, at least I couldn’t make it work.
After you download the JDBC drivers, unzip them and then open prefences window in SQL Developer ( tools >> preferences ):
To add JDBC driver for Microsoft SQL Server, click “add entry…” button and find “jtds-1.2.5.jar” in the file open dialog.
To add JDBC driver for MySQL, click “add entry…” button and find “mysql-connector-java-5.1.17-bin.jar” in the file open dialog.
You need to restart SQL Developer to make these new JDBC drivers active. Then you can create a connections for Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase (because JDTS supports Sybase) and MySQL: