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Thank you for using Embarcadero Rapid SQL, the integrated development environment for IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, and Teradata database systems. Rapid SQL is your fast path to higher productivity whether you're programming in SQL, PL/SQL, Transact-SQL, HTML or Java. Before you use Rapid SQL, please read the information below.


What's New in Version 8.6.1/XE5

DB Team Server

What's New in Version 8.6/XE5

64-bit Installation

Windows 8 Support

Teradata Support

Other New DBMS Version Support

Sybase ASE Updates

DB2 LUW Updates

SQL Server Updates

Oracle Updates

Query Builder

DBMS Support and Connectivity

Dedicated Support

Generic JDBC/ODBC Connectivity

Specifically-tested JDBC/ODBC Connectivity Products: Apache Hive/Hadoop

DBMS Versions No Longer Supported

Release Notes

Important Advisory Notes

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Additional Resources

Licensing Your Embarcadero Product

Embarcadero Technologies Product Support

Embarcadero Technologies Technical Support

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What's New in Version 8.6.1/XE5

DB Team Server

In previous releases, Rapid SQL integrated with Embarcadero Connect, a data governance and metadata repository. Rapid SQL users could make use of datasource definitions and ER/Studio data model information stored on the repository as well as open a browser window to work directly against Embarcadero Connect.

Rapid SQL features that were previously available through the Embarcadero Connect integration are now available against Embarcadero DB Team Server. New DB Team Server features now available in DBArtisan are:

What's New in Version 8.6/XE5

64-bit Installation

Rapid SQL now runs as a native 64-bit application. Separate installers let you choose between 32-bit and 64-bit applications. See Important Advisory Notes for more information.

Windows 8 Support

Rapid SQL is now fully supported on the Windows 8 operating system. For information specific to Windows 8.1, see Important Advisory Notes.

Teradata Support

This release provides a Technical Preview of support for Teradata versions 13.10, 14, and 14.10. Specifically, version 12 syntax is supported. Connectivity is available with either of the Teradata ODBC or JDBC drivers (installed, with all Teradata prerequisites satisfied). Functionality as of the current release is as follows:

Teradata access is not covered under XE or trial licenses. Contact Oz.Basarir@embarcadero.com for a separate Teradata license.

Other New DBMS Version Support

As of this release, Rapid SQL provides full support for the following DBMS platform versions:

Sybase ASE Updates

Against version 15.7 datasources, the Login Wizard/Editor now generates DDL that uses CREATE/ALTER LOGIN syntax. New properties let you work with SUID, LOGIN PROFILE, and EXEMPT INACTIVE LOCK parameters. The Change Login Password, Add/Modify Login Trigger, and Drop Login Trigger actions have also been updated to generate DDL that uses ALTER LOGIN syntax.

DB2 LUW Updates

The Update Statistics object action has been updated to use the ADMIN_CMD system procedure. This eliminates the constraint to have target datasources registered by alias and using the native client. Update Statistics can now be used against all datasources, regardless of how they were registered.

SQL Server Updates

Oracle Updates

If the Oracle SQL*Net Client is not installed, Rapid SQL/DBArtisan will attempt to connect to an Oracle datasource using the Oracle Database Instant Client.

Query Builder

As of this release, when you add the same table to the diagram pane multiple times, a new alias is automatically assigned to each instance. Adding a table multiple times can be useful when selecting additional data from the table, based on different join criteria.

DBMS SUPPORT AND CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

DEDICATED SUPPORT CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

Rapid SQL provides dedicated connectivity to a specific version range of IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows, IBM DB2 for z/OS, InterBase/Firebird, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase databases. The following connectivity options are provided:

The following table provides a summary of resources/requirements for connectivity to dedicated DBMS platforms. For each platform, it lists supported versions, the client software, driver, or client/driver combination that must be installed if using native Embarcadero clients, and the third-party, Type 4 JDBC drivers packaged with Rapid SQL.

DBMS Platform Supported Versions Client (or driver/client combination) Required for use with Native Embarcadero Drivers Packaged JDBC Driver
Firebird Firebird 2.0 Firebird ODBC Driver Jaybird JDBC Driver
IBM DB2 for z/OS v8, v9, and v10 DB2 UDB Client for Windows 9.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
IBM DB2 for LUW Versions 9.0 - 10.0 IBM DB2 LUW Client for Windows 9.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
InterBase InterBase 2007

InterBase 2009

InterBase XE3

InterBase ODBC Driver Interbase JDBC Driver
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (All editions including 2005 Express Edition for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit Itanium & x86-64)

2008

2012

Microsoft SQL Server Client Library jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver

MySQL 4.x MySQL Connector/ODBC Driver 5.2.x Driver - MySQL Connector/ODBC driver 3.51.x Driver MySQL Connector/J JDBC Driver
Oracle Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g, and 12c Oracle SQL*Net Client Oracle JDBC Thin Driver
Sybase ASE Sybase System 12.5 - Sybase 15.7 Sybase Open Client jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver

Sybase IQ 12.7 - 15.4 SQL Anywhere ODBC drivers for Sybase IQ 12.7

Sybase IQ 32-bit ODBC drivers

Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver for Sybase IQ
Teradata 13.10, 14, and 14.10 Teradata ODBC driver for Windows (version 14 recommended) Teradata JDBC Driver

GENERIC JDBC/ODBC CONNECTIVITY

Generic JDBC/ODBC connectivity to non-dedicated DBMS systems or non-database datasources is also provided. Rapid SQL can connect to a datasource using a customer-provided, third-party JDBC version 3.0 or ODBC version 3.0 driver. Minimal Rapid SQL functionality is provided, including a basic Explorer tree and SQL querying.

SPECIFICALLY-TESTED JDBC/ODBC CONNECTIVITY PRODUCTS: APACHE HIVE/HADOOP

Rapid SQL has been successfully tested against Apache Hive/Hadoop datasources using the Hortonworks ODBC driver. Similarly, Cloudera Impala datasources have been tested using the Cloudera JDBC driver. In both cases, SQL querying and a Datasource Navigator tree are available.

DBMS VERSIONS NO LONGER SUPPORTED

As of this release, Rapid SQL is no longer tested against Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows 8.x.

Release Notes

IMPORTANT ADVISORY NOTES

KNOWN ISSUES


  • The current version of Rapid SQL does not support the MySQL ODBC client that shipped with previous versions of Rapid SQL. If Rapid SQL crashes after connecting to a MySQL data source:
    1. Close Rapid SQL.
    2. Uninstall the older MySQL ODBC client.
    3. Restart Rapid SQL and try connecting to a MySQL datasource. You are prompted to install the MySQL client drivers.
    4. Follow the installation instructions to install the new driver.
  • Note that when debugging a procedure against an Oracle data source, Rapid SQL performs a compilation before debugging. During a compilation, Oracle invalidates referencing objects. For example, if procedures A2 and A3 both reference procedure A1, debugging procedure A1 in Rapid SQL, will result in procedures A2 and A3 being invalidated.
  • For servers running on Sybase version 12.5.3a, the CREATE ENCRYPTION KEY and DECRYPT permissions do not display properly--they'll be shown as null. See Sybase's document CR392544 ("sp_helpprotect does not show privileges related to encryption keys."). This has been fixed in ASE version 12.5.3a/ESD#1 (now available as a download) and ASE version 12.5.4.
  • When you are using the Debugger:
  • Rapid SQL is currently unable to create table names, column names, and check constraint names longer than 18 characters on an OS390 mainframe database.
  • On SQL Server 2005, the Browser component is disabled by default. With this service disabled, in Rapid SQL you cannot reference SQL Server instances by name, only by port number. If you want the ability to reference SQL Server instances by name, you must enable this service on the server.
  • BUG FIXES

    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.6.1/XE5
    Issue # Description DBMS
    RAP-5829 Top header in the Results tab when there are multiple results in the grid is copied with the results ALL
    RAP-5833 [SQL Editor]Explain feature results cannot be opened when saved as file format CSV ALL
    RAP-5852 [ISQL Editor] Alt-W shortcut for "wrap around search" on the Find dialog no longer works. ALL
    RAP-5859 [SQL Editor] XML being truncated ALL
    RAP-5830 [DBMS Actions] Last column-name is lost in results followed by warning. Oracle
    RAP-5837 [SQL Editor] Bind variable pops up when creating or updating triggers. Oracle
    RAP-5855 [Application] Application crashes when executing a procedure due to unhandled parameter types Oracle
    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.6/XE5
    Issue # Description DBMS
    RAP-5841 [SQL Execution] query takes longer to execute than in previous attempts SQL Server

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