Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Programming (Oracle Press Series)

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9780072121469: Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Programming (Oracle Press Series)

PL/SQL is a sophisticated programming language used to access an Oracle database from various environments. This text is a user's guide to the advanced features of PL/SQL, covering the full range of functionality. The CD-ROM contains script samples, as well as Oracle and third party tools.

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Develop robust, Web-enabled PL/SQL applications using the in-depth information offered in this Oracle-approved guide.

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This latest edition of Scott Urman's definitive guide to PL/SQL Programming under Oracle databases, Oracle8i Advanced PL/SQL Programming, takes into account the new features of the language under Oracle 8i. Urman has cut out some of the introductory PL/SQL material that appears in his earlier Oracle works, enabling him to focus more fully on higher-level aspects of the language and advanced techniques for putting them to use. Still, quite a bit of introductory material--including information on PL/SQL development environments--appears here, so don't be afraid to dive into Oracle 8i PL/SQL via this book if you can afford to buy only one guide.

Urman follows the classic didactic strategy of explaining a concept in general terms, introducing code that implements that concept, then commenting upon the code and presenting variations upon it. The result is an effective tutorial through which you can learn Urman's subject, and a moderately complete reference in which you can look up approximate solutions to problems you may need to solve on the job. You'll also find a fair bit of straight language reference material in these pages, typically in the form of an operator or clause followed by a bit of commentary on its appropriate use. The index includes all mentions of clauses and other language elements, so it's the best place to look for references to specific elements of the language. Stick with a straight through read if you're out to learn PL/SQL for the first time. --David Wall, Amazon.com

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