2012: SchemaSurf Officially Retired

If you're looking for SchemaSurf, the world's first ever web-based tool for Oracle developers, we're sorry to tell you that it has been officially retired. In its heyday it was downloaded and used by organisations all over the world, including many, many household names. Originally developed to enable easier development of our own service management software, it can at best be described as a web-version of TOAD that enabled read-only access to production (or any other) data. Released.long before the web-based iSQL*Plus or Oracle Enterprise Manager, managers appreciated the read-only capability that TOAD lacked. The original narrative for the product is presented below for posterity!

SchemaSurfTM is a browser-based tool for querying your Oracle database schemas. Unlike most other tools, SchemaSurf does not rely upon SQL*Net and, therefore, can be accessed from anywhere in the world. In addition to providing quick and easy database access from the office, SchemaSurf is the perfect companion for telecommuters, developers and support personnel working from home.

Developing applications in today's rapidly changing business environments requires fast, easy, yet secure access to underlying schemas. SchemaSurf allows users to browse objects, view definitions, pull existing data (to both screen and spreadsheet), and extract by copy PL/SQL program units. SchemaSurf was used extensively in-house whilst developing our flagship product COIGN.

By design, SchemaSurf is a query-only tool, allowing DBAs and IT managers to rest assured in the knowledge that their developers are not updating "on-the-fly" in production. SchemaSurf overcomes many corporate security and change control issues prevalent in other tools, where actions can be performed against any database for which a user has SQL*Net access and a valid login.

SchemaSurf SchemaSurf also provides a portal to primary Oracle-related web sites, user group information, developers documentation, and other interest areas via a non-intrusive sponsorship area. The portal reflects CobbleSoft's goals of enhancing the learning and sharing process to promote successful enterprise using Oracle technology.

Database Version: Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g, 11g
Web Server: 10g, 9iAS (Rel 1, 2, Java Edition), Oracle HTTP Server, OAS4.0.8, Apache and mod_pl/sql
Client Browser: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Netscape 6.2+ (JavaScript required)

NB: Oracle, TOAD, iSQLPlus, and OEM are acknowledged as trademarks of their respective owners.