Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SQL Developer: add a "child tables" tab to table definition

I always like to extend SQL Developer's table definition by adding a tab that shows the "child tables" for each table - i.e. the tables that have a foreign key to the table in context.

I have lost count of how many times I have started work at a new environment or on a new PC and had to set this up from scratch, so thought I'd document it here for next time!

First, create a file containing the following XML:

<items>
  <item type="editor" node="TableNode"  vertical="true">
      <title><![CDATA[Child Tables]]></title>
         <query>
             <sql><![CDATA[select cons.table_name, cons.constraint_name
                      from all_constraints cons
                      where cons.constraint_type = 'R'
                      and cons.r_constraint_name in (select pk.constraint_name
                                                    from   all_constraints pk
                                                    where owner = :OBJECT_OWNER 
                                                    and table_name = :OBJECT_NAME
                                                    and constraint_type in ('P','U'))]]>
             </sql>
         </query>
   </item>
</items>

Then, in SQL Developer go to Tools->Preferences... and open the Database node and select user Defined Extensions.

Click Add Row and on the new row set Type to EDITOR and Location to point to your XML file.

That's it.  You may just need to restart SQL Developer to make it work.

I am indebted to Sue Harper's blog for the detailed instructions on adding tabs to SQL Developer.

Another tab I like to add is one to show the errors for an invalid view definition:

<items>
 <item type="editor" node="ViewNode"  vertical="true">
    <title><![CDATA[ERRORS]]></title>
      <query>
         <sql><![CDATA[SELECT
     ATTRIBUTE, LINE
     || ':'
     ||POSITION "LINE:POSITION", TEXT
FROM
     All_Errors
WHERE
     type  = 'VIEW'
 AND owner = :OBJECT_OWNER
 AND name  = :OBJECT_NAME
ORDER BY
     SEQUENCE ASC
         ]]></sql>
      </query>
 </item>
</items>

1 comment:

carpenteri said...

Superb tip Tony, I wasn't of this feature. Thanks also for posting the link to Sue's original post.

Cheers

Ian