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Oracle Application Developer

Oracle Application Developer

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Oracle\u00ae Database
Application Developer's Guide - Fundamentals
10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part No. B10795-01
December 2003
Oracle Database Application Developer's Guide - Fundamentals, 10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part No. B10795-01

Copyright \u00a9 1996, 2003 Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.
Primary Authors: Drew Adams, Eric Paapanen
Contributing Authors: M. Cowan, R. Moran, J. Russell, R. Strohm
Contributors: D. Alpern, G. Arora, C. Barclay, D. Bronnikov, T. Chang, M. Davidson, G. Doherty, D.

Elson, A. Ganesh, M. Hartstein, J. Huang, N. Jain, R. Jenkins Jr., S. Kotsovolos, S. Kumar, C. Lei, D.
Lorentz, R. Murthy, R. Pang, B. Sinha, S. Vemuri, W. Wang, D. Wong, A. Yalamanchi, Q. Yu
Graphic Designer: V. Moore

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Contents
Send Us Your Comments................................................................................................................xxv
Preface.......................................................................................................................................................xxvii

Audience............................................................................................................................................xxvii Organization.......................................................................................................................................xxix Related Documentation....................................................................................................................xxxi Conventions.......................................................................................................................................xxxiii Documentation Accessibility..........................................................................................................xxxv

What's New in Application Development?........................................................................xxxvii

New Application Development Features in Oracle Database 10g Release 1.........................xxxvii New Application Development Features in Oracle9i Release 2...............................................xxxix New Application Development Features in Oracle9i Release 1....................................................xlii

Part I Introduction to Application Development Features of Oracle Database
1 Programmatic Environments
Overview of Developing an Oracle Database Application........................................................1-2
Overview of PL/SQL..........................................................................................................................1-3

A Simple PL/SQL Example........................................................................................................1-4
Advantages of PL/SQL...............................................................................................................1-5
Full Support for SQL.............................................................................................................1-5
Tight Integration with Oracle Database.............................................................................1-5
Better Performance................................................................................................................1-5

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