After gaining access to a database on campus, you will need a way to build your data query. In general you can do query and transform data right in Microsoft PowerBI. However, if you are looking for a more full-features and dedicated tool for querying databases, there are some great free, and paid options. All of these tools are used by by other SQL developers on campus.


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Oracle sql developer

"Oracle SQL Developer is a free, integrated development environment that simplifies the development and management of Oracle Database in both traditional and Cloud deployments." -Oracle SQL Developer


A majority of databases at UW are Oracle databases. Oracle SQL Developer is a great entry point if you're new to the world of SQL and need a way to explore the database you've just been given access to.


You can learn more and download Oracle SQL Developer by clicking here.


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Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

"SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for managing any SQL infrastructure, from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. " - Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio


If you are connecting to a Microsoft SQL Server, this is the recommended tool to use. 


You can learn more and download it for free by clicking here.



Toad for Oracle by Quest

Toad for oracle by quest

"Modernize your Oracle database operations to enable business agility. Toad® for Oracle is the only developer tool that helps you simplify your workflow, reduce code defects and improve code quality and performance while supporting team collaboration." - Toad for Oracle by Quest


Toad for Oracle By Quest is built for the advanced user. It the tool of choice for many within UWIT because of it's powerful features such as code completion, testing, and collaboration.


Toad is a paid product. If you would like to purchase a license, please contact UWIT. We will be happy to facilitate the purchase through our existing contract. You can email to get started.


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"Visual Studio Code combines the simplicity of a source code editor with powerful developer tooling, like IntelliSense code completion and debugging." - Microsoft Visual Studio Code


If you already use Visual Studio Code (VSCode) there are a few extensions you could download to extend your VSCode functionality for Oracle SQL and Microsoft SQL.


VSCode is free and be found here.

There is an official Oracle extension for using VSCode for Oracle SQL connections. More information and a download can be found here.

Microsoft also offers an official extension for connecting to Microsoft SQL Server. More information and how to configure it can be found here.