Toad for Oracle
By Dan Hotka
Publisher: Pearson
Final Release Date: November 2015
Run time: 4 hours 41 minutes

4+ Hours of Video Instruction

Toad for Oracle LiveLessons video training covers the latest features of TOAD necessary to view, extract, and manipulate data within the Oracle database. This course is designed for both the developer using Toad to aid in programming Oracle objects, as well as for the business analyst using Toad as a query tool for data extraction and analysis. There is even a complete lesson for the database administrator.


In this LiveLessons video course, Oracle Ace Director Dan Hotka covers all of the features necessary to develop, manipulate, and debug PL/SQL code; develop & tune SQL statements; use Query Builder and ER tools; and discover useful features of TOAD. The course also shows how to see the data relationships of the application data and how to view/save this data.

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About the Instructor

Dan Hotka is a training specialist and an Oracle ACE director who has more than 37 years in the computer industry and more than 31 years of experience with Oracle products. His experience with the Oracle RDBMS dates back to the Oracle V4.0 days. Dan enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Oracle RDBMS. Dan is well published with 12 Oracle books and more than 200 published articles. He is also the video author of several LiveLessons video courses, including Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers LiveLessons and Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Fundamentals to Advanced LiveLessons. He is frequently published in Oracle trade journals, blogs regularly, and speaks at Oracle conferences and user groups around the world. Visit his website at

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Learn How To

  • Have a better working knowledge of the TOAD tool
  • Customize the user interface to individual needs
  • Add shortcuts and use existing templates
  • Add your own SQL to TOAD Reports
  • Use TOAD to display available objects and even create SQL for you

Who Should Take This Course

  • Oracle programmers and business analysts
  • Programmers who are new to the TOAD tool

Course Requirements

  • No prior knowledge of TOAD is required
  • A working knowledge of the SQL language is helpful, but not required

Table of Contents


Lesson 1: Toad for Oracle Course Overview
Lesson 1 starts with a review of the course pre-requisites and data objects used throughout the lessons.

Lesson 2: Toad Configuration and Setup Options
Lesson 2 illustrates the various configuration and setup options available in Toad.

Lesson 3: SQL and the Editor Window
Lesson 3 covers the Editor window where you can learn about Toad code shortcuts, how to set up your own code shortcuts, and how to create SQL without typing. You also learn about the SQL history and some features available when viewing data on the data grid panel.

Lesson 4: The Schema Browser
Lesson 4 is all about the Schema Browser. This lesson finishes the conversation of the data grid features, including filtering rows and columns, sorting, and building reports using the full-featured report writer built right into Toad. This lesson also features saving data from the data grids into a number of formats, including Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Access, etc.), insert statements, and formatted files.

Lesson 5: PL/SQL Tips and Techniques
Lesson 5 completes the PL/SQL story in and around the Editor window, showing some very useful programming tips on managing the screen, code condensing, additional coding aides, and a review of the symbolic PL/SQL debugger.

Lesson 6: Toad as a SQL Tuning Tool
Lesson 6 covers Toad as a SQL Tuning Tool. This lesson goes into detail on customizing the Explain Plan, illustrating several ways to run SQL Trace (including for a single SQL to someone else’s live session), the Auto Optimizer, and concludes with a review of the PL/SQL profiler. SQL Trace features the Toad Trace File Browser, a very nice interface for reviewing trace files. Toad also has a useful TKProf wizard.

Lesson 7: Toad for the Database Administrator
Lesson 7 is designed for the Oracle database administrator. This lesson has many monitors, statspack and AWR reporting features, as well as a nice tablespace maintenance tool built right into Toad.

Lesson 8: Other Useful Features of Toad
Lesson 8 is a combination of other features that you might find useful, such as the compare wizards, the create wizards, and the cool HTML document generator. This lesson spends time with the Report Manager as well. The lesson concludes with a review of useful pre-programmed keystrokes available in most releases of Toad.

Lesson 9: Object and Data Relationship Features, Query Builder Features
Lesson 9 concludes the course by illustrating how to view data relationships, how to view and save related data, and how to build SQL using just your mouse.


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