Pro .NET Oracle Programming / Edition 1

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This book never loses sight of its instructional mission: to effectively utilize the Oracle database from the .NET environment. Though Visual Studio and Oracle form a popular and powerful duo, there is a noticeable lack of written material in this area. The result: projects that often turn out with less-than-optimal solutions, due to lack of synergy between the application developer and the database.

The primary code in the book will be C#, but the code download will also be available in Visual Basic .NET (with an appendix describing terms of use). Hence, this book provides a one-stop reference for any VS .NET programmer using Oracle. The author maintains solid focus on databases, emphasizing the use of specific features from a Visual Studio application. The text also includes crucial aspects of developing Oracle-based applications. Assumably, you are already comfortable with the VS .NET environment, and with the aid of this book, you will come to work effectively with the Oracle database as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590594254
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/5/2004
  • Series: Pro Series: From Professional to Expert Ser.
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,234,809
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Williams is currently working as a production Oracle database administrator. He has been working with Oracle since database version, and holds Oracle Certified Professional certifications for versions 7, 8, 8i, and 9i. Prior to becoming a database administrator, Williams developed corporate software applications that used the Oracle database as a back-end. Over the years, he has worked as both an employee and an independent contractor on a variety of Oracle projects.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Oracle architecture and connectivity 1
Ch. 2 Retrieving data 49
Ch. 3 Manipulating data 119
Ch. 4 Oracle exception and error classes 179
Ch. 5 Using PL/SQL from .NET 203
Ch. 6 Working with large objects 247
Ch. 7 Advanced connections and authentication 285
Ch. 8 Performing common tasks with Oracle features 331
Ch. 9 SQL tracing 365
App Obtaining and installing the Oracle software 393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    fills a gap in documentation

    Is it just me, that does not immediately see an overlap between Oracle and .NET? Historically, Oracle databases have tended to be installed on unix workstations (especially Solaris). And nowadays, on linux as well. But Williams points out that given the widespread presence of .NET, and that Oracle is the dominant database, then we should indeed have an important market intersection of the two. Other books have described using C#/.NET with Microsoft's SQL Server. Not surprising, because Microsoft supplies all these parts. But this book is perhaps overdue, in filling a gap in the documentation of .NET and Oracle. The exposition herre is logical, and not unlike some of those other books. (Cf. 'SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled' by Dam.) Except of course that you are shown how to optimise table design and complex queries for Oracle. Plus, Williams describes this for Oracle 10g Enterprise Edition - Oracle's latest flagship version. The book uses C# as the programming language, since it seems to be the best supported 'native' language of .NET. In the development environment, he gives some simple GUIs to access the database. Done often in VB.NET or Microsoft Window Forms. Realistically, any GUIs for your work will be more intricate. But you get enough GUI framework code to get you started along these lines.

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