Beginning Oracle SQL: For Oracle Database 12c

Beginning Oracle SQL: For Oracle Database 12c

by Tim Gorman, Inger Jorgensen, Melanie Caffrey, Lex deHaan
     
 

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Beginning Oracle SQL is your introduction to the interactive query tools and specific dialect of SQL used with Oracle Database. These tools include SQL*Plus and SQL Developer. SQL*Plus is the one tool any Oracle developer or database administrator can always count on, and it is widely used in creating scripts to automate routine tasks. SQL Developer is a

Overview

Beginning Oracle SQL is your introduction to the interactive query tools and specific dialect of SQL used with Oracle Database. These tools include SQL*Plus and SQL Developer. SQL*Plus is the one tool any Oracle developer or database administrator can always count on, and it is widely used in creating scripts to automate routine tasks. SQL Developer is a powerful, graphical environment for developing and debugging queries.

Oracle's is possibly the most valuable dialect of SQLfrom a career standpoint. Oracle's database engine is widely used in corporate environments worldwide. It is also found in many government applications. Oracle SQL implements many features not found in competing products. No developer or DBA working with Oracle can afford to be without knowledge of these features and how they work, because of the performance and expressiveness they bring to the table.

Written in an easygoing and example-based style, Beginning Oracle SQL is the book that will get you started down the path to successfully writing SQL statements and getting results from Oracle Database.

  • Takes an example-based approach, with clear and authoritative explanations
  • Introduces both SQL and the query tools used to execute SQL statements
  • Shows how to create tables, populate them with data, and then query that data to generate business results

What you’ll learn

  • Create database tables and define their relationships.
  • Add data to your tables. Then change and delete that data.
  • Write database queries that generate accurate results.
  • Avoid common traps and pitfalls in writing SQL queries, especially from nulls.
  • Reap the performance and expressiveness of analytic and window functions.
  • Make use of Oracle Database's support for object types.
  • Write recursive queries to query hierarchical data.


Who this book is for

Beginning Oracle SQL is aimed at developers and database administrators who must write SQL statements to execute against an Oracle database. No prior knowledge of SQL is assumed.

Table of Contents

1. Relational Database Systems and Oracle

2. Introduction to SQL and SQL*Plus, and SQL Developer

3. Data Definition, Part I

4. Retrieval: The Basics

5. Retrieval: Functions

6. Data Manipulation

7. Data Definition, Part II

8. Retrieval: Joins and Grouping

9. Retrieval: Advanced Features

10. Views

11. Automating

12. Object-Relational Features

13. Appendix A – Case Tables

14. Appendix B – Exercise Solutions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430265566
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
03/06/2014
Edition description:
3rd ed. 2014
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
305,817
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Tim Gorman began his information technology career in 1984 as a C programmer on UNIX and VMS systems, working on medical and financial systems as an application developer, systems programmer, and systems administrator. He joined Oracle Corporation in 1990 as a consultant, then became an independent consultant in 1998, and has worked for SageLogix since 2000. Gorman is the coauthor of Essential Oracle8i Data Warehousing and Oracle8 Data Warehousing. He specializes in performance tuning applications, databases, and systems, as well as data warehouse design and implementation, backup and recovery, architecture and infrastructure, and database administration. Gorman still considers himself a pretty good coder, although the market for C programs has dried up somewhat lately.

Melanie Caffrey is a senior development manager for Oracle Corporation, providing front-end and back-end Oracle solutions for the business needs of various clients. She is co-author of several technical publications, including Oracle Web Application Programming for PL/SQL Developers, Oracle DBA Interactive Workbook, and Oracle Database Administration: The Complete Video Course, all published by Prentice Hall. She has instructed students in Columbia University's Computer Technology and Applications Program in New York City, teaching advanced Oracle database administration and PL/SQL development. She is a frequent Oracle conference speaker.

Lex de Haan studied applied mathematics at the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands. His experience with Oracle goes back to the mid-1980s, version 4. He worked for Oracle Corporation from 1990 to 2004 in various education-related roles, ending up in Server Technologies (product development) as senior curriculum manager for the advanced database administration curriculum. In that role, he was involved in the development of Oracle9i and Oracle Database 10g. In March 2004, he decided to go independent and founded Natural Join B.V. (http://www.naturaljoin.nl). From 1999 until his passing in 2006, he was involved in the ISO SQL language standardization process, as a member of the Dutch national body. He was also one of the founding members of the OakTable network (http://www.oaktable.net).

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