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Tools for debug PL/SQL

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Please advise what tools good for debugging PL/SQL:
a) commercial
b) free

I tried some of them but they not to good work with debugging inside
packages.
Any opinions welcome.
Jul 19 '05 #1
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"Julia Sats" <ju********@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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Please advise what tools good for debugging PL/SQL:
a) commercial
b) free

I tried some of them but they not to good work with debugging inside
packages.
Any opinions welcome.


What tool have you tried? Are you wishing to debug mainly on the client or
server side, or both? For example, if you are developing PL/SQL with Forms
Developer, it has a terrific debugger.
Jul 19 '05 #2

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Julia Sats wrote:

Please advise what tools good for debugging PL/SQL:
a) commercial
b) free

I tried some of them but they not to good work with debugging inside
packages.
Any opinions welcome.


TOAD (Tools for Oracle Application Developers) from Quest Software. Not
free, but not hideously expensive either. Decent debugger with
breakpoints, watches, call stacks, etc.

Download a free trial at http://www.quest.com/toad/

--
//-Walt
// (not affiliated with Quest, I just use and like TOAD.
//
Jul 19 '05 #3

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Here are some tips for free server_side debugging tools:
- If you can live with all your messages appearing only at the end of
your program, DBMS_OUTPUT is useful.
- DBMS_APPLICATION_INFO.SET_MODULE is useful to put some debugging
messages in your code. You can then see where you are by spying on the
columns ACTION and MODULE of V$SESSION.
- DBMS_PROFILER collects some timing statictics on each (executable)
line of code. A useful report is also provided. DBMS_PROFILER has to
be installed (from rdbms/admin subdirectory), as well as the report
(from plsql/demo subdirectory, if I remember well).
- If you want to get even more details, use DBMS_DEBUG. I don't have
any experience with it, but it seems very powerful.

HTH

Daniel
Please advise what tools good for debugging PL/SQL:
a) commercial
b) free

I tried some of them but they not to good work with debugging inside
packages.
Any opinions welcome.

Jul 19 '05 #4

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pl/sql developer and toad have generic debuggers. Same as all IDEs.
I believe pl/sql developer is cheaper if cost is an issue. Both debuggers
seem to be about the same. Now Toad offers more administrative features if
you want those.

I dont know any free pl/sql tools that include debuggers. I think they make
you buy the whole thing to get them.
"Julia Sats" <ju********@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:G4******************@news20.bellglobal.com...
Please advise what tools good for debugging PL/SQL:
a) commercial
b) free

I tried some of them but they not to good work with debugging inside
packages.
Any opinions welcome.

Jul 19 '05 #5

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Oracle9i JDeveloper let you debug PL/SQL code (and also offers a
friendly pl/sql writing environment).
Get it from http://otn.oracle.com/products/jdev

See the PL/SQL tutorial at:
http://otn.oracle.com/products/jdev/..._overview.html
Jul 19 '05 #6

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