Oracle and PL/SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Oracle PL/SQL Recipes is your go to book for PL/SQL programming solutions. It takes a task-oriented approach to PL/SQL programming that lets you quickly look up a specific task and see the pattern for a solution. Then it's as simple as modifying the pattern for your specific application and implementing it. And you’re done and home for dinner.

Oracle PL/SQL Recipes is another in Apress’ ongoing series of recipe books aimed at Oracle practitioners. The recipe format is ideal for the busy professional who just needs to get the job done.

  • Covers the most common PL/SQL programming problems
  • Presents solutions in ready-to-use format
  • Stays short and to-the-point

What you’ll learn

  • Move business logic into the database
  • Implement robust exception-handling
  • Optimize and debug, taking advantage of Oracle SQL Developer
  • Integrate PL/SQL with web-based applications
  • Interface with Java code and dynamic languages in the database, and running externally
  • Run the UTPLSQL unit-testing framework

Who this book is for

Oracle PL/SQL Recipes is database administrators and developers wanting to take advantage of Oracle Database’s built-in support for procedural logic. Database administrators can use PL/SQL to automate administrative tasks, audit access to sensitive data, and more. Developers will be able to optimize processing, push business logic into the database layer, and interface with Java and web applications.

Table of Contents

  1. PL/SQL Fundamentals
  2. Essential SQL
  3. Looping and Logic
  4. Functions, Packages, and Procedures
  5. Triggers
  6. Type Conversion
  7. Numbers, Strings, and Dates
  8. Dynamic SQL
  9. Exceptions
  10. PL/SQL Collections and Records
  11. Automating Routine Tasks
  12. Oracle SQL Developer
  13. Analyzing and Improving Performance
  14. Using PL/SQL on the Web
  15. Java in the Database
  16. Accessing PL/SQL from JDBC, HTTP, Groovy, and Jython
  17. Unit Testing With utPLSQL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430232070
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,239,553
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Juneau has been developing software since the mid-1990s. PL/SQL development and database programming was the focus of his career in the beginning, but as his skills developed, he began to use Java and later shifted to it as a primary base for his application development. Josh has worked with Java in the form of graphical user interface, web, and command-line programming for several years. During his tenure as a Java developer, he has worked with many frameworks such as JSF, EJB, and JBoss Seam. At the same time, Josh has extended his knowledge of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) by learning and developing applications with other JVM languages such as Jython and Groovy. His interest in learning new languages that run on the JVM led to his interest in Jython. Since 2006, Josh has been the editor and publisher for the Jython Monthly newsletter. In late 2008, he began a podcast dedicated to the Jython programming language.

Matt Arena has been developing Oracle database applications for 25 years. He's focused on web-based applications since the world wide Web was first developed. Matt has worked in every phase of the project development life cycle, but enjoys database modeling and programming the most.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    PL/SQL Recipes

    Oracle PL/SQL Recipes is, as one can guess, a "cookbook" for how to do things in PL/SQL. As is typical for these types of book you are presented with a problem, solution and then a description of how things work. The book is grouped into 17 chapters each dealing with a different aspects of PL/SQL and then subdivided into 10 - 20 "recipes". While this book will help the beginner in getting an understanding of how things are done in PL/SQL it is not necessarily a resource to learn the specifics of PL/SQL. Most of the recipes in this book can be read and put into practice in just a few minutes. The book starts with chapters on the basics, such as fundamentals of PL/SQL, essential SQL tasks, building functions, procedures and triggers. The later chapters move on to more advanced topics such as analyzing and improving performance, using Java in the database and unit testing with utPLSQL. There are a few recipes that are put in to show solutions that some legacy applications may be using. The authors are pretty good about calling these solutions out and suggesting recipes that are more suitable for new applications. While some of the problems and solutions seem to be more contrived than they need to be and there are other solutions that would probably be better suited to the task at hand, the book does a good job at presenting useful problems and solutions. While I did not try all the code provided in the book (there is a download available from Apress if you don't want to type it all out), it seems that it was tested to verify that there were no syntax problems. There was one exception to this that was easily noticed (recipe 4.19) where it looks like the author wrote some SQL code, changed the text and then didn't get the code changed correctly. The download provides not only the scripts presented in the individual recipes, but also the scripts to create the objects that are used throughout the book. I can't speak to the validity of the code in the download as I only used the the scripts to generate the objects. I would rather type code to help learn (as I usually make mistakes that need to be corrected ;) ). Even with the minor problems in editing (seems all tech books have these issues), this is definitely a book worth checking out. The simple to use recipes can help you get going in the right direction to solve your problems.

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