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Overview

Do you need more from a PL/SQL book than just the correct keywords and some pretty syntax diagrams? Have you been searching in vain for real-world examples and genuine strategies for maximizing the benefits of PL/SQL within your organization? You'll find them here in Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions, the inaugural title of the pioneering OakTable Press series from Apress.

This isn't a tutorial on how to code PL/SQL. It's designed to show you how to code PL/SQL well. It shows you how to write code that will run quickly and wont break in high-load, multiuser environments. It covers the vast array of the functionality that PL/SQL provides, including effective handling of relational and abstract data, security, triggers, dynamic web content presentation from within the database, creation of a DBA toolkit, and effective debugging techniques.

This book sets out to redress the unjust criticism leveled at PL/SQL in years gone by. It gives you the tools and techniques to ensure that, whatever your needs are, the PL/SQL you build will run as efficiently as possible. The practical solutions provided in this book will help you to realize the true power and functionality PL/SQL can offer your projects.

If you're brand-new to PL/SQL, then you'll want to take some time to get familiar with the language before tackling this book. It's not for the total beginner. But once youre up and running, you'll find this book an invaluable guide for ensuring that the PL/SQL solutions you build are robust, perform well, and are easy to maintain.

What you’ll learn

Who this book is for

Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions is targeted primarily toward the DBA or developer charged with the implementation of effective data handling, security, and database administration mechanisms in the Oracle database. However, it will also have great appeal to any developer whose applications rely on an Oracle database and who needs a sound understanding of how to use PL/SQL effectively.

Table of Contents

  1. Efficient PL/SQL
  2. Package It All Up
  3. The Vexed Subject of Cursors
  4. Effective Data Handling
  5. PL/SQL Optimization Techniques
  6. Triggers
  7. DBA Packages
  8. Security Packages
  9. Web Packages
  10. PL/SQL Debugging
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Don’t settle for passable PL/SQL. Write great code: robust, efficient, scalable, maintainable. Get Mastering Oracle PL/SQL: Practical Solutions.

The authors are members of the Oaktable Group, an elite, invitation-only organization of top Oracle consultants, architects, and developers. They’ve written the best PL/SQL books we’ve seen yet.

There’s outstanding coverage of cursors (including side-by-side “implicit vs. explicit” performance comparisons). You’ll learn how to more effectively integrate database and application data structures (and get more resilient code). There’s loads of optimization coverage (with ready-made solutions, plus techniques for avoiding “hidden overhead”).

Security. Web packages. Debugging. There’s even an advanced DBA toolkit here. If you’re a serious Oracle professional, you’ll wear this book out. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590592175
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/8/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 1.38 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Beck has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Rutgers University and has been working in the technology industry for 11 years. Starting off as a junior Ada software developer for a government systems integrator, he has spent the past 7 years with Oracle, most recently as a principal technologist. He specializes in core database technologies and web application development. Beck is also a cocreator of Oracle Portal, a commercial product that began as, in Beck's own words, a "science project," then became known as WebView.

Joel Kallman is a web systems technologist for Oracle Corporation. His work over the past 13 years has centered around database and content management, from SGML databases and publishing systems to text and document management. He is currently developing solutions and tools for customers to easily build database-centric web applications. Joel is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in computer engineering. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Powell, Ohio.

A bio is not available for this author.

Connor McDonald has worked with Oracle since the early 1990s, cutting his teeth on Oracle versions 6.0.36 and 7.0.12. Over the past 11 years, Connor has worked with systems in Australia, the U.K., southeast Asia, western Europe, and the United States. He has come to realize that although the systems and methodologies around the world are very diverse, there tend to be two common themes in the development of systems running on Oracle: either to steer away from the Oracle-specific functions or to use them in a haphazard or less-than-optimal fashion. It was this observation that led to the creation of a personal hints and tips website (http://www.OracleDBA.co.uk) and more, presenting on the Oracle speaker circuit in an endeavor to improve the perception and usage of PL/SQL in the industry.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the OakTable Press Series
About the Authors
About the Technical Reviewers
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Setting Up
Ch. 1 Efficient PL/SQL 1
Ch. 2 Package It All Up 59
Ch. 3 The Vexed Subject of Cursors 117
Ch. 4 Effective Data Handling 145
Ch. 5 PL/SQL Optimization Techniques 229
Ch. 6 Triggers 307
Ch. 7 DBA Packages 367
Ch. 8 Security Packages 415
Ch. 9 Web Packages 463
Ch. 10 PL/SQL Debugging 505
App A Building DEBUG 559
Index 587
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