A few days ago the first Early Adaptor release of SQL Developer 4.1 (EA1) was made available. You can go ahead and download it from here and make sure to check out the blog post by Jeff Smith on some install and setup that is required around the latest version of Java.
I’ve been using SQL Developer since its very first release, so getting my hands on a new release is very exciting. There are lots and lots of new features in the tool. Again check out the blog posts by Jeff Smith and Kris Rice on some of these new features. I really like the new DBA screens 🙂 But this screen really needs some scroll bars and not everything fits on my screen. So Jeff and Kris if you are reading this, can you add some scroll bars.
In addition they have been working on “new” SQL*Plus that is called SDSQL. This is a new command line tool that is supposed to be bigger and better than SQL*Plus but still gives us a command line tool to run our scripts and demos. To download and install the tool go to here.
As you know I’m a bit of an Oracle Data Miner/Mining fan. There are now new in-database features, but there are a lot of new features in the GUI tool (aka ODMr) along with some improvements and bug fixes. Here is a list of the ODMr 4.1 EA1 new and updated features (taken from the ODMr Help in SQL Dev)
JSON Data Support for Oracle Database 188.8.131.52 and above
In response to the growing popularity of JSON data and its use in Big Data configurations, Data Miner now provides an easy to use JSON Query node. The JSON Query node allows you to select and aggregate JSON data without entering any SQL commands. The JSON Query node opens up using all of the existing Data Miner features with JSON data. The enhancements include:
Data Source Node
Automatically identifies columns containing JSON data by identifying those with the IS_JSON constraint.
Generates JSON schema for any selected column that contain JSON data.
Imports a JSON schema for a given column.
JSON schema viewer.
Create Table Node
Ability to select a column to be typed as JSON.
Generates JSON schema in the same manner as the Data Source node.
JSON Data Type
Columns can be specifically typed as JSON data.
JSON Query Node
Ability to utilize any of the selection and aggregation features without having to enter SQL commands.
Ability to select data from a graphical layout of the JSON schema, making data selection as easy as it is with scalar relational data columns.
Ability to partially select JSON data as standard relational scalar data while leaving other parts of the same JSON document as JSON data.
Ability to aggregate JSON data in combination with relational data. Includes the Sub-Group By option, used to generate nested data that can be passed into mining model build nodes.
Improved database session management resulting in less database sessions being generated and a more responsive user interface.
Filter Columns Node
Combined primary Editor and associated advanced panel to improve usability.
Explore Data Node
Allows multiple row selection to provide group chart display.
Classification Build Node
Automatically filters out rows where the Target column contains NULLs or all Spaces. Also, issues a warning to user but continues with Model build.
Enhanced workflows to ensure that Loading, Reloading, Stopping, Saving operations no longer block the UI.
Revised the Online Help to adhere to topic-based framework.
Selected Bug Fixes (does not include 4.0 patch release fixes)
GLM Model Algorithm Settings: Added GLM feature identification sampling option (Oracle Database 12.1 and above).
Filter Rows Node: Custom Expression Editor not showing all possible available columns.
WebEx Display Issues: Fixed problems affecting the display of the Data Miner UI through WebEx conferencing.
Denny Wong of the ODM team in Oracle has made available a tutorial on importing JSON data for use with ODMr. Check it out here.
I’ve been told there will be a couple of tutorials on the new features coming out (from the ODMr team) over the next few weeks. So keep an eye out of these.
Check out my blog post on what you need to do to get started/using ODMr 4.1 EA1.