Learning Oracle PL/SQL

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PL/SQL, Oracle's programming language for stored procedures, delivers a world of possibilities for your database programs. PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with a wide range of procedural features, including loops, IF-THEN statements, advanced data structures, and rich transactional control—all closely integrated with the Oracle database server.Knowing where to start with Oracle's procedural language is not always obvious to a newcomer, especially considering the language's ...

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Overview

PL/SQL, Oracle's programming language for stored procedures, delivers a world of possibilities for your database programs. PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with a wide range of procedural features, including loops, IF-THEN statements, advanced data structures, and rich transactional control—all closely integrated with the Oracle database server.Knowing where to start with Oracle's procedural language is not always obvious to a newcomer, especially considering the language's feature set and the sheer size of the official documentation (not to mention Oracle's ever-increasing number of pre-built PL/SQL programs). But Learning Oracle PL/SQL offers the signposts and guidance you need to come up to speed on the language, delivered in a manageable number of pages while covering all the essentials.Topics include:

  • PL/SQL—what is it, and why use it? Why use PL/SQL instead of Java?
  • Syntax and examples of all core language constructs
  • Creating, using, and reusing stored procedures, functions, and packages
  • Building web-based applications using PL/SQL features available "out of the box" (such as PL/SQL Server Pages)
  • Securing PL/SQL programs against attack
  • Benefits of third-party developer tools and integrated development environments
  • Connecting PL/SQL to email, Java, and the Internet
Meticulously crafted with all-new examples downloadable from examples.oreilly.com/learnoracle, the book addresses language features available in all versions of Oracle, from Oracle7 to Oracle8i to Oracle9i.Learning Oracle PL/SQL was written by PL/SQL experts Bill Pribyl and Steven Feuerstein, whose easy-to-read style and attention to detail has made other O'Reilly books (such as the bestselling Oracle PL/SQL Programming) very popular among Oracle developers worldwide. Learning Oracle PL/SQL is meant for a wide range of target audiences, including both beginning programmers and those already experienced with other programming languages. Whether you are a new developer, a crossover programmer from another database system, or a new database administrator who needs to learn PL/SQL, this book will get you well on your way. It is the perfect introduction to Oracle PL/SQL Programming, also by Pribyl and Feuerstein.

"Learning Oracle PL/SQL" introduces PL/SQL in a way that's useful to a variety of audiences: beginning programmers, new Oracle database administrators, and developers familiar with other databases who now need to learn Oracle. A consistent and understandable example application--the development of a library's electronic catalog system--runs through the chapters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596001803
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 1,282,397
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Pribyl, author, teacher, and software consultant,is the primary author of Learning Oracle PL/SQL and the coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and its companion pocket reference, all published by O'Reilly & Associates. An Oracle user since 1986, Bill has consulted on many aspects of using Oracle products. He recently spearheaded PLNet.org, a Web-based repository where developers can share open source PL/SQL.

Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language. He is the author or coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Guide to Oracle8i Features, Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Workbook, Oracle Built-in Packages, Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages, and several pocket reference books (all from O'Reilly & Associates). Steven is a Senior Technology Advisor with Quest Software, has been developing software since 1980, and worked for Oracle Corporation from 1987 to 1992.

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Table of Contents

Copyright

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1: PL/SQL: What, When, and Where

Chapter 2: Fundamentals

Chapter 3: Let's Code!

Chapter 4: Go Web, Young Man

Chapter 5: Fetch!

Chapter 6: Keeping House

Chapter 7: Security: Keep the Bad Guys Out

Chapter 8: Communicating with the Outside World

Chapter 9: Intermediate Topics and Other Diversions

Chapter 10: Afterword: "Making Good" of Database Programming

Glossary

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Good Book

    I¿ve been a self taught Oracle PL/SQL developer for two years, so I was sceptical on reading a "Learning" book. After reading the first few chapters I was able to make improvements to my PL/SQL programs. It was definitely worth the time and money. The examples are well written and simple enough to make sense, but not too simple that they are "duh" type examples. I also liked the fact that the book explains how to set up and use Oracle/Apache to make PSP pages (Stored Procedures that generate web content). The PSP section makes up a good portion of the book that I didn¿t know was in it before I got it. With plenty of real-world experience tips, a section on tools and security, it will be a while before I have this ingrained and used on a daily basis. I defiantly got more than I was looking for.

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