A Programmer's Dream

Still Elbow Deep In Oracle...

Posted by Stephen Wrighton on 21 May 2007

Well, I'm still struggling with the differences in Oracle and SQL Server.

I can admit that Oracle does have quite a few nice features to it. It's a great system.

Yet SQL Server beats it hands down as far as ease of use is concerned. Especially for those of us who don't use it on a daily basis.

For example, I want to find out what types are the columns of a given table. In SQL Server, I'd just open up either Server Explorer or Query Analzyer and lo and behold they'd be right there. Heck, I could even just connect VS 2005 to the database and have access to that data.

Oracle's SQL Plus? No clue. I'm sure there's some arcane SQL command to get that information, but I've yet to discover it on Google

UPDATE: I found out how to get that type of data. In SQL*Plus (Oracle's odd command window for stuff) you run the command DESC and it provides a description for the specified table (column name, type and if it allows nulls).

Oh well. I guess that's why they have the WEB Interface.

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