Quick post: I was trying to connect to a 64-bit Oracle database using PL/SQL Developer. Despite ORACLE_HOME being set the right values and oci.dll available, PL/SQL Developer could not connect to the database.
Toad (acronym for Tool for Oracle Application Developers) is arguably one of the most popular and best known tools used by most people dabbling in Oracle databases ( or for that matter, most relational databases anyway). Toad’s reputation is so good, I’ve known few people swear by it and don’t even bother looking at other software, no matter how good. Toad’s got more features than your average SQL/ PL/SQL developer would use,and hence got a bit of a steep learning curve.