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Oracle PLSQL Programming by Bill Pribyl - The Pl-SQL Standard

Oracle PLSQL Programming by Bill Pribyl - The Pl-SQL Standard

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Oracle PL/SQL Programming by Bill Pribyl

#1 Pl/Sql Book For A Reason

If youre doing database application development in the Oracle environment, youre going to have to know PL/SQL, the companys extended query and update language. If you want your programs to exploit the special capabilities of Oracle software, youll need to know the language well. Thats where the third edition of Oracle PL/SQL Programming comes into play. Its an absolutely comprehensive reference (as well as a rather extensive tutorial) on PL/SQL, ideally suited to answering your questions about how to perform some programming tasks and reminding you of the characteristics of functions, triggers, and other elements of the database programmers toolkit. The new edition covers calls to Java methods from within PL/SQL programs, autonomous transactions, object type inheritance, and the new Timestamp and XMLType data types. Theres also more information about server internals-the way PL/SQL programs are run--than before, better enabling readers to optimize their code for fast and safe execution.Steven Feuerstein takes care to explain, with prose and example code, the characteristics of PL/SQL elements. In explaining number conversions, for example, he explores Oracles different ways of formatting numbers, then details the behavior of the to_number function under different conditions (with and without a specified format model, and with National Language Support information attached). Its a helpful approach that will have readers using the index to locate places in which Feuerstein mentions language elements of interest. --David Wall Topics covered: How to use Oracle PL/SQL in all its manifestations through Oracle9i. Fundamentals of program structure (loops, cases, exceptions, etc.) and execution get attention, as do data types, transaction management, triggers, and the object-oriented aspects of the language. Theres also coverage of calls to external Java and C programs. This is The Ultimate PL/SQL reference. Although the book isnt written as a reference, it serves as a more useful reference than the Oracle documentation. This book will show you 99% of PL/SQL functionality, and 110% of what you need to know. Steven Feuerstein always manages to write at a level which is not dry like 99% of all tech books out there. What a refreshing perspective he has for PL/SQL. This book can be used for learning or refreshing on certain PL/SQL topics, but it isnt the best layout for someone new to PL/SQL, who needs that

hand holding step by step approach. For now, novices might want to choose another book to learn the ropes, then get this book to serve as their 1 reference after they know the basics. By the time I got through the first three chapters, I came across PL/SQL and SQL Plus functionality that I consider essential to the role of an Oracle developer, of which about half of my peers do not fully know. 95% of my peers, and their peers would learn multiple things they did not know before simply by reading through the first three chapters. Steven covers the majority of necessary tribal knowledge that an Oracle developer just needs to know here, before going into the more functional and applicable details in the rest of the text. The rest of the book is ordered in a fashion so that you can easily go straight to the functionality that you need to learn, refresh, or learn more about. If I need to brush up on triggers, exception handling, collections, etc., I simply jump to the chapter aptly named for each piece. The real brilliant part of Stevens writing for these individual sections is that after he covers all of the details of a certain topic, Exception Handling, for instance, he provides well written suggestions on how to really apply this topic in the most appropriate manner, where most books would just leave the topic alone, after covering the how-to! After Steven explains all of the ins and outs of exception handling (which he does in a much more thorough fashion than all other documentation), he then goes on to teach you how to actually USE the tool he has explained. The exception handling chapter has sections on Building an Effective Error Management Architecture and Making the Most of PL/SQL Error Management. Instead of just showing his readers How do I do that?, he shows them How, and then proceeds to pour his expertise into the What, When, and Why of the subject. The sections explaining each core PL/SQL functionality are the most in depth explanations I have seen in any documentation, with code examples for literally every bullet point in the book. The code examples are all in anonymous blocks which can literally be copied and pasted into an IDE. There are also many more code examples not in the book that are available online in a zip file. Extra kudos to Steven for including sections on xml types and http data manipulation which are highly sought after skills in software development. My only complaint is that I wish there was a search-able PDF file of the book that came with it, like Oracle Press books have. If there was, I would use it for ALL PL/SQL questions that I usually Google for the answer. Even so, buying the book gives you a free 45 day access to safari online so you can search through this book there.

Use this book often as your first PL/SQL reference, along with Feuersteins PL/SQL Best Practices book, and you will be better equipped than 95% of PL/SQL developers out there. If you are responsible for PL/SQL coding, this book needs to be on your desk. Period.

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