Oracle SQL Plus: The Definitive Guide

Oracle SQL Plus: The Definitive Guide

by Jonathan Gennick

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Oracle SQL Plus: The Definitive Guide by Jonathan Gennick

Despite its wide availability and usage, few developers and DBAs have mastered the true power of Oracle SQL Plus. This bestselling book—now updated for Oracle 10g—is the only in-depth guide to this interactive query tool for writing SQL scripts. It's an essential resource for any Oracle user.The new second edition of Oracle SQL Plus: The Definitive Guide clearly describes how to perform, step-by-step, all of the tasks that Oracle developers and DBAs want to perform with SQL Plus—and maybe some you didn't realize you could perform.With Oracle SQL Plus: The Definitive Guide, you'll expertly:

  • write and execute script files
  • generate ad hoc reports
  • extract data from the database
  • query the data dictionary tables
  • customize an SQL Plus environment
  • and much more
It also includes a handy quick reference to all of its syntax options and an often-requested chapter on SQL itself, along with a clear, concise, and complete introduction.This book is truly the definitive guide to SQLPlus. It's an indispensable resource for those who are new to SQL*Plus, a task-oriented learning tool for those who are already using it, and an immediately useful quick reference for every user. If you want to leverage the full power and flexibility of this popular Oracle tool, you'll need this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596007461
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2004
Series: Definitive Guides Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 586
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Gennick is an O'Reilly & Associates editor specializing in database and programming titles. Prior to joining O'Reilly, Jonathan amassed some 17 years of programming and database management experience. During the latter part of his career he specialized in relational database programming, and more recently in database management. Jonathan got his start with relational database systems in 1990, first working with Ingres, and later with Digital's Rdb software. During that period he developed a fondness for SQL, and for the challenge of applying SQL creatively in ways that leveraged it's set-oriented capabilities. In 1994 Jonathan made the leap to Oracle, and is now often found writing about it. Recent projects include Oracle SQL Loader (O'Reilly & Associates, 2001); Oracle SQL Plus Pocket Reference (O'Reilly & Associates, 2000); Oracle SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly & Associates, 1999); More recently, Jonathan has made forays into other database products, coauthoring Transact-SQL Cookbook (O'Reilly & Associates, 2002) and editing Practical PostgreSQL (O'Reilly & Associates, 2002). Jonathan is certified as an Oracle DBA and is a member of MENSA and the Oracle Technology Network. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information and Computer Science, with a Business Administration minor, from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Jonathan currently resides in Munising, Michigan with his wife Donna and their two children: Jenny and Jeff. Jonathan may be contacted by email at, and you can learn more about him personally by visiting his website at

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to SQL*Plus

Chapter 2: Command-Line SQL*Plus

Chapter 3: Browser-Based SQL*Plus

Chapter 4: A Lightning SQL Tutorial

Chapter 5: Generating Reports with SQL*Plus

Chapter 6: Creating HTML Reports

Chapter 7: Advanced Reports

Chapter 8: Writing SQL*Plus Scripts

Chapter 9: Extracting and Loading Data

Chapter 10: Exploring Your Database

Chapter 11: Advanced Scripting

Chapter 12: Tuning and Timing

Chapter 13: The Product User Profile

Chapter 14: Customizing Your SQL*Plus Environment

Appendix A: SQL*Plus Command Reference

Appendix B: SQL*Plus Format Elements


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Guest More than 1 year ago
The glories of the command line. SQLPlus [I am not going to write that irritating asterix] is an acknowledgment of the reality that for many large computer programs and operating systems, a command line utility is vital. The book explains this for the specific instance of hooking to Oracle's database. It is meant as a definitive reference. Showing every command, often accompanied by example code. For an Oracle DBA, a good acquaintance with SQLPlus is probably mandatory. From the book, you can see how to quickly interrogate the database and get results in various useful paginated formats. Plus, and vitally, you can see how to build script files that can be run, where these files encode your experience in amassing customised sequences of commands specific to your needs. Exactly analogous to batch files in most operating systems, and just as useful. Along those lines, SQLPlus is conceptually not that hard. When using Oracle, it is often far more important, and harder, to design optimal tables for a given problem.