Cool Tools 7: Benthic Software’s Golden

For those of you that use the Oracle DB in your portal stack (or for pretty much anything), you know what an atrocity Oracle’s SQL*Plus is (it’s more dated than Plumtree / ALUI!).  I’ve looked on and off over the years for a simple Oracle client that works as well as Microsoft’s SQL Server Management Studio, and I want to thank Hani Atalla for turning me on to this one: Benthic Software’s Golden.  It’s hyper-simple to use, and even has all the “creature comforts” like being able to copy a result set into an Excel Spreadsheet (try doing THAT with SQL*Plus!).  It does require Oracle’s Instant Client to work, but even I (as a non-Oracle DBA) was able to install both in a matter of minutes.

If you’ve sweated through SQL*Plus sessions for way too long, definitely check this tool out – it’s cheap, at only $40.  If you’ve got a better tool for quick and easy Oracle DB queries, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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5 Responses to “Cool Tools 7: Benthic Software’s Golden”

  1. hross says:

    SQL Developer. It’s free (as in beer) and it’s made by Oracle:

  2. Kenan says:

    Toad for oracle freeware.

  3. Bob says:


    no install, lightweight and simple

  4. Bruno Antunes says:

    I recommend other tools, that work with any Database, and in any Java enabled platform.

    Oracle SQL Developer


    Squirrel SQL

  5. Steve says:

    I agree with the previous posters, Oracle’s SQL Developer is great and free. Anything is better than SQL Plus! 🙂

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