Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: May 2005
Pages: 130

Toad is an enormously popular interactive environment tool for Oracle development and administration. It allows developers to build, test, debug, and format their code via an easy-to-use graphical user interface, available in both freeware and commercial versions. Toad makes developers far more productive; using Toad, you'll find that program changes that once took hours can now be completed in minutes. Toad allows developers to browse their database tables, procedures, and object types; use code templates; and show errors. It also simplifies database administration by providing a way for DBAs to graphically browse and change database characteristics.

Updated for Toad Versions 8.0 and 8.5, this pocket book is packed with quick-reference material: Toad feature and menu summaries, shortcut keys, suggested changes to Toad defaults, productivity tips and tricks, and more. The book includes concise discussions of all the basic Toad components: the SQL Editor, Procedure Editor, SQL Modeler, Schema Browser, Project Manager, and Debugger. The second edition includes coverage of new SQL Editor features, improvements in usability, and new tools such as CodeXpert (a robust code analyzer and advisor) and Script Debugger (the only tool available that provides real-time debugging of SQL*Plus scripts). It also provides helpful hints on using Toad to perform database administration and SQL tuning and optimization.

Whether you're a new or experienced Toad user, you'll find this quick reference an indispensable companion to the product and its online help files.

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A Useful TOAD Reference Book

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A Useful TOAD Reference Book

This is the second edition of the TOAD pocket reference book for Oracle which was written based on TOAD v8 and v8.5. Toad seems to have been around a while now, actually I cannot remember a time without it, or how I managed without the program, I must have used SQL*Plus and Notepad for everything.

TOAD is a Graphical User Interface which makes using the Oracle database a lot easier in all respects. This quick reference guide is designed to help Oracle programmers get the most out of TOAD and it's aimed at beginners and experienced users alike.

The reference covers all the main areas of TOAD including the SQL editor, procedure editor, sql modeller, schema browser, project manager and debugger. The second edition also covers the newer features including CodeXpert and Script Debugger.

The TOAD pocket reference works through all the TOAD menus explaining about each function as well as detailing the shortcut keys that are available that you may not know about.

The pocket reference contains over 120 pages and covers all the main areas of TOAD, I did find that the reference may have benefited from a few more screen shots for people to find there way around the program as TOAD v8.5 is now a very large program.

The freeware version of TOAD has now been updated since 8.5, so you get all the look and feel of the full version but only the functionality of the cut down version. This means that the pocket reference is also useful for people who only use the freeware version of TOAD as the pocket reference covers the areas of functionality of TOAD that are in the freeware version.

The pocket reference explains to programmers what functionality is available in the full version of TOAD which may make you want to upgrade from the freeware version to the full version.

All in all a good book in the pocket reference range, more useful for users on the latest TOAD versions, although it does include topics that relate to all versions of TOAD. I would say the TOAD Pocket Reference book is better for a beginner than an experienced user, unless you have just upgraded TOAD and you want to learn about the latest functionality.

 
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Handy Reference

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This is a handy reference. The book is organized like a manual, is indexed well, and topics are easily located. It is also small enough to carry anywhere without being cumbersome.

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