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Well, the most logical suggestion is not to auto-refresh if you don't have the app in foreground. Would be pretty useless anyway, don't you reckon?
You can request this at the SQL Developer Exchange anyway, so other users can vote and add weight for possible future implementation, but as a clear low-prio issue it might never get addressed.
Well, I keep the sql developer screen visible to the side so I can monitor it - so although it does not have the focus it is still visible. So having the auto-update work without taking the focus would be very useful, in my opinion - because basically the way it works now is too frustrating to use at all. I guess I'll request this on the developer exchange.
LuckyJack - I have solved this. You cannot do this from Oracle SQL developer. You will have to use TWEAKUI (a MS tool) to accomplish this for you:
Here are the steps. After doing this Auto-refresh in SQL Developer is not stealing focus.
Hope this helps
I would rather prefer this should be provided as part of SQL Dev, since some other applications which have auto refresh inside the main application do not steal focus.
Since Java is thread based, hope the team also consider of using a more flexible on Report's modal window which prevent user to work on worksheet while report is refreshing.
Just imagine, that you have an auto refresh report on background and suddenly during the time of refreshing, you are no longer able to do anything on current worksheet.