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Learning Oracle PL/SQL


PL/SQL, Oracle’s programming language for stored procedures, delivers a world of possibilities for your database programs. PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with a wide range of procedural features, including loops, IF-THEN statements, advanced data structures, and rich transactional control–all closely integrated with the Oracle database server.

Knowing where to start with Oracle’s procedural language is not always obvious to a newcomer, especially considering the language’s feature set and the sheer size of the official documentation (not to mention Oracle’s ever-increasing number of pre-built PL/SQL programs). But Learning Oracle PL/SQL offers the signposts and guidance you need to come up to speed on the language, delivered in a manageable number of pages while covering all the essentials.

Topics include:

  • PL/SQL–what is it, and why use it? Why use PL/SQL instead of Java?
  • Syntax and examples of all core language constructs
  • Creating, using, and reusing stored procedures, functions, and packages
  • Building web-based applications using PL/SQL features available “out of the box” (such as PL/SQL Server Pages)
  • Securing PL/SQL programs against attack
  • Benefits of third-party developer tools and integrated development environments
  • Connecting PL/SQL to email, Java, and the Internet

Meticulously crafted with all-new examples downloadable from examples.oreilly.com/learnoracle, the book addresses language features available in all versions of Oracle, from Oracle7 to Oracle8i to Oracle9i.

Learning Oracle PL/SQL was written by PL/SQL experts Bill Pribyl and Steven Feuerstein, whose easy-to-read style and attention to detail has made other O’Reilly books (such as the bestselling Oracle PL/SQL Programming) very popular among Oracle developers worldwide. Learning Oracle PL/SQL is meant for a wide range of target audiences, including both beginning programmers and those already experienced with other programming languages. Whether you are a new developer, a crossover programmer from another database system, or a new database administrator who needs to learn PL/SQL, this book will get you well on your way. It is the perfect introduction to Oracle PL/SQL Programming, also by Pribyl and Feuerstein.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. PL/SQL: What, When, and Where
Chapter 2. Fundamentals
Chapter 3. Let’s Code!
Chapter 4. Go Web, Young Man
Chapter 5. Fetch!
Chapter 6. Keeping House
Chapter 7. Security: Keep the Bad Guys Out
Chapter 8. Communicating with the Outside World
Chapter 9. Intermediate Topics and Other Diversions
Chapter 10. Afterword: “Making Good” of Database Programming

Book Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001803
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