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Guide for new users


#1

Hi everyone,

I’m the new Content Manager for Toad and I’m working on a PDF guide
for new users. I’m thinking of it as a crash course on how to quickly
start using Toad for common tasks. I’m having a hard time defining what
should be covered, so I thought I’d take it to the masses. The million
dollar question is:

What features/tasks are essential for new users to know?

Feel free to email me directly ( melanie.nikdel@quest.com ) if you don’t
want to clutter up the boards.

Cheers,

Melanie


#2

#3

I would say a section with tips and tricks. I always try to learn a product from
the inside out and always amaze some colleagues with tricks likes Shift-Ctrl-F
for formatting your code fast.

Groetjes,
Wim

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 21:44, Melanie Nikdel
wrote:

Hi everyone,

I’m the new Content Manager for Toad and I’m working on a PDF guide for
new users. I’m thinking of it as a crash course on how to quickly start
using Toad for common tasks. I’m having a hard time defining what  should
be covered, so I thought I’d take it to the masses. The million dollar
question is:

 

What features/tasks are essential for new users to know?

 

Feel free to email me directly ( melanie.nikdel@quest.com ) if you don’t
want to clutter up the boards.

 

Cheers,

Melanie

#4

Hi Melanie,

One thing I’ve noticed that confuses new users is the “execute queries in threads” option - people don’t realise there might be more than one transaction active for a single TOAD connection. So maybe a short section on the implications of switching this on would be useful.

Regards,

Kevin.


#5

I’d also reiterate Erwin’s point about “you must know something about SQL”. TOAD makes it easier to do things but you should still know what the things are and why you are doing them!

As an aside to that, using a feature like Spool SQL actually makes TOAD a useful learning tool too! Maybe not a beginner’s trick though?

Kevin.


#6

Hi Melanie,

that’s a difficult task you have there!

I’d start by a quick intro to Toad as a replacement for SQLPlus. Show
that whatever you can do in SQL
Plus, Toad does better as the results
are in a grid that can be exported and so on. (Plain SQL, editable
grids, commits and rollbacks - why the buttons for these don’t always
work (statements in separate threads!) for code in the MOE.

Once that [chapter] miss out of the way, a quick dive into the many many
options in Toad that could prove to be the most useful - turn off auto
commit for example (explain why having it on is a bad idea). No need to
get too in-depth with the options.

Schema Browser next up. Different styles - drop down, tree view, tabbed
or multi-tabbed as well, if you must! (I’m a T.V. man myself with
leanings towards drop down!)

Mention, as often as you can, that right clicking almost anywhere allows
you to do “exciting” things that may not have a button or main menu
option.

PL/SQL editing - and how the users should NEVER edit code directly from
the database (an option probably mentioned in the above chapter on
options) - It may help prevent production databases being fiddled with.
This chapter would most likely cover, procedures, function, packages,
triggers etc. Show how Toad makes life so much easier with it’s code
highlighting, over what SQL*Plus lets you do!

Version control would be next up. After all the writing of code, you
really need to keep it safe. I suspect I would concentrate mostly on the
use of SubVersion etc using third party add-one as opposed to Toad’s
Team Coding options - simply because the latter require objects creating
inside the individual databases whereas the third party stuff only needs
TortoiseSVN - for example - or a third party dll to connect to the
version control system of choice.

So, you have coded some code, and saved it away in version control,
explain the various debuggers next.

Actions (as was) Automation Designer as is.

An overview section on the advanced options you can have - DBA etc.

An appendix with all current Toad Options and what they can do you the
user. Maybe?

An appendix with details of where to go for help:

  • Support
  • Toad Groups
  • Toad World.
  • TeamT
  • Etc.

An appendix of all the TLAs and ETLAs used in Toad - MOE, SB, LHS, RHS
etc.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

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#7

One of the things I use a lot and found out by poking buttons: that query open
in one database’s MOE can be moved to one of my other Toad-opened database
MOEs and run there.

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#8

One of the things I use a lot and found out by poking buttons: that query open
in one database’s MOE can be moved to one of my other Toad-opened database
MOEs and run there.

Deborah M Flad, DBA
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#9

i’m assuming MOE is Molecular Operating Environment?

Martin–


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#10

i’m assuming MOE is Molecular Operating Environment?

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#11

Here’s something that could be highly beneficial. This is in-line with the
suggestion of indicating that Toad is a GUI and a person still needs to
understand how to code in SQL and/or PLSQL.

The rule: Toad does not replace Oracle for security purposes!

Explain that any access a developer requires still needs to be done through the
database. Such things as Toad providing a front-end to the Database debugging
tools, but the packages such as DBMS_DEBUG still need to be in place with the
proper grants. Another one off the top of my head is that a person needs granted
either public or direct access to an object in order to be able to compile code
against that object. Access granted through a role won’t work for such a
purpose.

Roger S.


#12

any access a developer requires still needs to be done through the database
VERY GOOD! Wish I had thought of that!

We look at roles and grants before we question Toad’s ability to present something.

It would be very nice if the Toad documentation listed what views (usually the V$_ views) are used to present data in some of the windows. This is particularly true for the Session Browser.


#13

It would be very nice if the Toad documentation listed what views (usually
the V$_ views) are used to present data in some of the windows. This is
particularly true for the Session Browser.

Even if each is not specifically documented, the Spool option would
certainly tell you.

Just a thought…

Rich – [TeamT]

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#14

I’d add in the appendix, the grants/privileges required to use the main features of Toad e.g debugger. We get that question quite a lot in Support.

Susan


#15

On 21/05/10 17:13, suskil wrote:

I’d add in the appendix, the grants/privileges required to use the main
features of Toad e.g debugger. We get that question quite a lot in Support.
Hey Suse, you still lurking then, keeping an eye on me?

Hope you are well, Jim and the boys too.

Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]