I installed SQL developers dot rel. 3.2.20.09.87 in my windows XP machine today. The downloadable zip file is available at oracle website http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/index.html.
Version I downloaded is :
Windows 32-bit - zip file includes the JDK1.6.0_35 Download Download 209 M
On clicking sqldeveloper.exe , the small Oracle SQL Developer window pops but it goes away in few seconds.
Any pointers to resolve this issue is highly appreciated !
Drill down into the sqldeveloper/bin directory. Start the sqldeveloper.exe from there. That should open a cmd window allowing you to see any error messages that might be causing SQL Developer to not open correctly.
If you should need to do a more in-depth investigation, the following offers some good advice on debugging:
SQL Developer Team