According to Oracle, “an Oracle developer is responsible for creating or maintaining the database components of an application that uses the Oracle technology stack. Oracle developers either develop new applications or convert existing applications to run in an Oracle Database environment.” But there’s a lot more that goes into it.

Picture of students attending class. Three free Toad for Oracle classes for developers.

A developer will tell you that he or she needs to know how to do the following on a regular basis:

  • Implement the data model required by the application
  • Create schema objects and implement rules for data integrity
  • Choose a programming environment for new projects
  • Write subprograms and procedural code using PL/SQL
  • Instantiate applications in different databases for development, testing, education and deployment in a production environment

Most of these activities are further helped by the use of a development tool that interfaces with the database environment. Of course, Toad® for Oracle is exactly that kind of tool, and it has the advantage of also being the same tool that database administrators use for their day-to-day activities.

Quest offers free developer training in three, self-paced classes—specifically for database developers—on using key features of Toad. We recommend our free Toad for Oracle Fundamentals course as a prerequisite, along with a strong working knowledge of Oracle databases. After that, each complimentary course will take approximately two to four hours to complete, depending on how quickly you move through the simulations and quizzes. All courses are based on Toad for Oracle version 12.5 or later.

Here’s a quick overview of each of the complimentary courses.

Toad for Oracle Developers – PL/SQL Profiling and SQL Optimization

This complimentary course focuses on how to best leverage Toad’s PL/SQL Profiler to profile code for performance bottlenecks and SQL Optimization to automatically re-write SQL statements to find better alternatives. In the first lesson, you’ll learn how to set up the PL/SQL Profiler, profile your PL/SQL code, review the results and display code coverage indicators. In the second lesson, you’ll learn about the SQL Optimizer and how it efficiently helps you write better code.


Toad for Oracle Developers – Functional Code Testing and Debugging

If you’re writing code, you can use Toad to test and debug it with ease. This complimentary course’s lessons introduce the Code Tester for Oracle and the PL/SQL Debugger. In the first lesson, we’ll demonstrate how to launch the Code Tester and use it to create tests for existing code and run reports on test results. Lesson two will give you insight into the PL/SQL Debugger. You’ll also learn how to use Toad’s scheduling features to automate repetitive coding and debugging tasks.


Toad for Oracle Developers – Version Control and Code Reviews

This last complimentary course is for Oracle developers who write code that needs to be stored and tracked using version control, and who perform code reviews in order to comply with coding standards. This course explains how to use Toad Team Coding with your existing version control system and use Code Analysis to simplify and automate code reviews.


Completing all three no-cost courses will give you a solid foundation for using the developer-specific features of Toad—which are all designed to streamline your daily activities using one tool and a single interface. You’ll also learn how Toad fosters collaboration between developers and administrators, which is especially important in a DevOps environment.


Worldwide global support with 95% overall satisfaction

Toad for Oracle has award-winning support available through many channels, and its support portal is available 24/7. Take a look at the Toad for Oracle 13.2 product support portal. There you can access Toad video tutorials, knowledge articles, the Toad World® user forum, latest software releases, technical documentation, notifications and alerts, and even more helpful information.

Excellence in customer support goes beyond just providing technical answers. Our goal is to give you the most positive user experience by providing you with the most robust support portal and knowledge base resources that enable you to resolve issues quickly and independently 24/7.

Quest offers a wide range of global support offerings to accommodate the varying needs of your organization. We provide expert technical assistance worldwide through highly experienced professionals who are product and domain experts and who interact at your skill level. Don’t hesitate to reach out to support via technical and customer service requests or by telephone. As a Quest customer you can also tailor your support and training needs based on how you do business today.

Besides our award-winning self-service support, Quest maintains a robust community, Toad World, where you can access free advice (blogs), free trial downloads and interact with the problem-solving forum community.


Already a loyal fan of Toad for Oracle?

Most developers and DBAs use Toad for Oracle to reduce time and effort to develop and manage Oracle databases.

But did you know that with Toad for Oracle you can automate administration tasks and proactively manage your databases while embracing performance optimization and risk mitigation?

Did you know Toad can now find and control sensitive data across all your Oracle databases?

And, with its newest release, Toad for Oracle 13.2 has new unit testing built on utPLSQL.

What else can Toad do that you didn’t know about? Which edition will benefit you the most?


Is it time to renew your Toad for Oracle license?

If you’re already a Toad for Oracle customer, but haven’t upgraded in awhile, upgrade to the latest version of Toad for Oracle 13.2. You’ll get all the newest benefits, plus the added assurance that you’re not using outdated software, which could make you vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks. Current license holders also gain full access to the entire contents of the Knowledge Base library.

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