Oracle's senior technical architect for server technology took to the Open World 2010 stage on Tuesday to provide a rundown of the company's plans for its developer tools.
Tom Kyte told attendees that Oracle is preparing to update a number of offerings, including SQL Developer and Application Express (Apex), .NET and Oracle Database tools.
High on the list is the addition of Web Sheets to Apex, which Kyte said will simplify the development of database applications.
"Web Sheets are designed for an end user, not an application developer," he said. "A lot of things a developer can do, the tool does for you."
SQL Developer, meanwhile, will sport free data modelling components as well as the addition of real-time SQL monitoring.
Oracle also revealed support for the latest versions of the PHP, Ruby and Python platforms, and a universal connection tool for Java JDBC drivers.
Finally, Kyte highlighted a tool which Oracle hopes will provide the " missing piece" in maintaining database uptime by adding support for " edition-based redefinition" to the PL/SQL platform.
Kyte explained that allowing multiple versions of an object to run in a database simultaneously lets administrators test and deploy an update to a database object, while allowing users to continue to use an old version and avoiding the need for downtime when object updates are deployed.
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