Oracle PL/SQL 101

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This in-depth guide explains how to use SQL to work with data in a database, and how to automate complicated tasks using PL/SQL.

Christopher Allen (Santa Monica, CA) has been a database professional for almost 20 ears. He is an OCP DBA and an OCP Application Developer and has worked on numerous Oracle Financials implementations. In addition, he has taught several hundred computer classes to adults, resulting in extensive experience communicating technical information in ways ...

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Overview

This in-depth guide explains how to use SQL to work with data in a database, and how to automate complicated tasks using PL/SQL.

Christopher Allen (Santa Monica, CA) has been a database professional for almost 20 ears. He is an OCP DBA and an OCP Application Developer and has worked on numerous Oracle Financials implementations. In addition, he has taught several hundred computer classes to adults, resulting in extensive experience communicating technical information in ways that are easy to absorb and easy to remember. His published works include the Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide (co-author, Oracle Press), Hard Disk Smarts (John Wiley Publishing), and four books on Lotus (Que). He also served as technical editor for Microsoft's DOS 5 and DOS 6 manuals. He is currently employed at Metier, an Oracle partner company that provides consulting services in the Los Angeles area.

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Learning PL/SQL is the key to leveraging the full power of the Oracle database. Oracle 101 PL/SQL, the first SQL and PL/SQL beginner's tutorial that comes straight from Oracle, is (as you'd expect) authoritative. But it's also unusually approachable.

No experience is necessary. Christopher Allen makes sure you know all the background you need to start using PL/SQL, including the basics of relational databases, and of storing and retrieving data. Allen covers advanced data manipulation techniques, SQL*Plus, using SQL functions, indexes, constraints, and more.

Most of the book's early coverage applies to standard SQL and PL/SQL. In Section III, Allen zeroes in on the PL/SQL-specific techniques you need to write powerful, flexible, efficient Oracle database applications.

Oracle 101 PL/SQL reflects Allen's 20 years of experience as a database developer -- and his experience teaching hundreds of computer classes. You'll find step-by-step examples, clear definitions, Q&As -- all the hallmarks of a tutorial that respects your intelligence but doesn't make unwarranted assumptions about what you already know.(Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072126068
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Osborne Oracle Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Allen (Santa Monica, CA) has been a database professional for almost 20 ears. He is an OCP DBA and an OCP Application Developer and has worked on numerous Oracle Financials implementations. In addition, he has taught several hundred computer classes to adults, resulting in extensive experience communicating technical information in ways that are easy to absorb and easy to remember. His published works include the Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide (co-author, Oracle Press), Hard Disk Smarts (John Wiley Publishing), and four books on Lotus (Que). He also served as technical editor for Microsoft's DOS 5 and DOS 6 manuals. He is currently employed at Metier, an Oracle partner company that provides consulting services in the Los Angeles area.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Dabase Basics.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Databases.

Chapter 2: Storing and Retrieving Data: The Basics.

Chapter 3: Advanced Data Manipulation.

Chapter 4: Controlling SQL Plus.

Part II: Advanced SQL.

Chapter 5: SQL Functions.

Chapter 6: Using Indexes and Constraints.

Chapter 7: Other Useful Oracle Techniques.

Part III: Creating Programs Using PL/SQL.

Chapter 8: Introduction to PL/SQL.

Chapter 9: More PL/SQL Tools.

Part IV: Appendix.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Well-written but..

    This book is for people who want to refresh their memory and also learn PL/SQL. Although I have to say that PL/SQl is only 1/4 of the entire book. Other than that I think the author has done a good job with using simple english language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    Oracle PL/SQL 101 By: Christopher Allen

    JOB WELL DONE Mr. Christopher Allen!! This is the MOST helpful book to me on Oracle PL/ SQL that I have ever seen in Silicon Valley area! I have spent many months browsing and buying books on Oracle from almost all bookstores in the bay area, but this book is the only one that helped me. I am very thankful for that. Abdullahi Koshin from Oakland, CA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    Very well written

    The author is an excellent writer. He tells you in the introduction who he had in mind when he wrote the book(his wife), so you are able to see how well it is truly written. He used excellent examples to follow. Unlike the ORACLE8 pl/sql by Urman, this book is so straightforward, doesn't take you from point a to point d, very well organized. It doesn't waste anytime getting you from entry level to mid level programming. Excellent for beginners or those who want an introduction to PL/Sql. I wish other writers would learn something from Allen. We are human beings who speak english not machines speaking computer talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    The first PL/SQL title that makes things clear!

    I've read a couple of other PL/SQL books, and sure I learned some things, but a lot of things didn't make sense. I just got PL/SQL 101, and everything I look up that I didn't understand before, has a clear explanation in this book that makes perfect sense. I'm going to buy more copies for the rest of the people in my department...mine won't stay on my desk.

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