Have you ever felt completely stupid, after desperately searching for something that you know there must exists. But utterly unable to find it?
And then discover it exactly under your nose?
Here, it happens twice a month. I’m still unsure if I’m getting worse in not seeing things or getting better to find them eventually.
So we have this nice XE version that allows you to try it and test your application on your laptop, without having to buy expensive licenses.
Probably they know that developers are completely morons when it comes to configure stuff like db server or http servers… hey, I was unable to configure my VCR until I bought one with fancy on-screen menus.
So after installing XE you are left with have a nice web configuration tool, with a convenient entry from your start menu.
If you download also SqlDeveloper, you have a complete and powerful enviroment to test your application against Oracle, including SP debug, completely free (as in beer).
Now let’s say that you want also trace sql statements from your application… no way to do so from SqlDeveloper, although there are two tabs called “DBMS output” and “OWA output” with a “trace on” button, thery must be there for something else. At least I wasn’t able to see any output there, same thing with the “show logs” window.
To make a long story short, go to your “Database Home Page” and click on:
home / administration / monitor / sessions / sql
and that’s all folks!