Toad (software)

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Original author(s) Jim McDaniel
Developer(s) Quest Software
Written inVarious (depending on the database used)
Type Database management tools
License Proprietary

Toad is a database management toolset from Quest Software for managing relational and non-relational databases using SQL aimed at database developers, database administrators, and data analysts. The Toad toolset runs against Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (LUW & z/OS), SAP and MySQL. A Toad product for data preparation supports many data platforms.



A practicing Oracle DBA, Jim McDaniel, designed Toad for his own use in the mid-1990s. [1] He called it Tool for Oracle Application Developers, shortened to "TOAD". McDaniel initially distributed the tool as shareware and later online as freeware.

Quest Software acquired TOAD in October 1998. [2] Quest Software itself was acquired by Dell in 2012 to form Dell Software. [3] [4] In June 2016, Dell announced the sale of their software division, including the Quest business, to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation. [5] On October 31, 2016, the sale was finalized. On November 1, 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management was completed, and the company re-launched as Quest Software. [6]



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