Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Nimbus Look&Feel in SQLDeveloper and JDeveloper!

Recently SQLDeveloper 18.2 has been released. Who knew it will grow into this, when it was introduced as Project Raptor; wasn't it in 2005?

On his introduction of this released, Jeff Smith also showed off with the Nimbus Look&Feel:

Somehow, it reminds me of the 'new' Oracle Forms Look and Feel, introduced somewhere at Forms version 6 or 6i... I must admit, I find it kind of nice. I'm curious if we could decorate other clients with the same look and feel. Let's see if it works for JDeveloper.

First, Jeff Smith suggest to add the following line:
AddVMOption -Dswing.defaultlaf=com.sun.java.swing.plaf.nimbus.NimbusLookAndFeel

to the product.conf, to be found at Windows user home => AppData => Roaming => ‘SQL Developer’, 18.2 folder. However, I could not find it there.
But knowing JDeveloper, I added the line in the ide.conf at ${SQLDeveloper18.2-home}\ide\bin\, for instance c:\oracle\SQLDeveloper\sqldeveloper-\ide\bin\.

I could not resist to add the same line in the ide.conf of my SOAQuickStart installation:

It took quite sometime to start, so I'm not sure it is workable. As Jeff said: it is not supported. But it is fresh... 😉

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