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Enterprise Manager's SQLPlus Worksheet

Oracle is gradually going to wean its database administrators and developers off the old command line interfaces such as SVRMGR and SQL*Plus in later versions of their products. The new tools are packaged with Oracle's Enterprise Manager software. These tools are Java-based, Web-enabled, and generate and run SQL code automatically. Here you can still write and execute your own SQL and PL/SQL commands. Having used the Enterprise Manager tool set for some time now, I fully endorse this trend as a time-saver for all database administrators and developers.
The only excuse left for using SQL*Plus at all is to generate reports.
Enterprise Manager's SQLPlus Worksheet is a half-way step between SQL*Plus and the set of Enterprise Manager tools that that create SQL for you. While SQLPlus Worksheet has a similar look and feel to SQL*Plus, it is missing the environment commands that make SQL*Plus a viable reporting tool. I suspect this is deliberate because there is much less demand for the report-writing capabilities of SQL*Plus today. Most people use other alternatives for report-writing, such as Oracle's Developer or one of the dozens of report-generating tools available from other vendors. Oracle is following its customers' lead by moving us away from writing our own SQL code and offering us better report-generating tools such as Oracle's WebDB, Explorer, and Developer.

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

Oracle Enterprise Manager is Oracle's integrated enterprise information technology (IT) management product line, which provides the industry's only complete, integrated, and business-driven enterprise cloud management solution. Oracle Enterprise Manager creates business value for IT by leveraging the built-in management capabilities of the Oracle stack for traditional and cloud environments, enabling customers to achieve unprecedented efficiency gains while dramatically increasing service levels.
The key capabilities of Enterprise Manager include:
  1. A complete cloud lifecycle management solution enabling you to quickly set up, manage, and support enterprise clouds and traditional Oracle IT environments from applications to disk
  2. Maximum return on IT management investment through the best solutions for intelligent management of the Oracle stack and engineered systems with real-time integration of Oracle's knowledge base with each customer environment
  3. Best service levels for traditional and cloud applications through business-driven application management