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Oracle Database 11g PL/SQL Programming Workbook (Oracle Press) Paperback – January 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0071493697 ISBN-10: 0071493697 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Oracle Press
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071493697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071493697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael McLaughlin is a professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho in the Computer Information Technology Department of the Business and Communication School. He is the author of Oracle Database 11g PL/SQL Programming and other titles.
John M. Harper
is a database professional with 14 years of Oracle experience. He is currently a senior lead engineer at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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This book is essential for Oracle veteran and beginner alike.
Clay L. Christensen
Great book to help me with some refreshing on PL/SQL , I definitely pull it out every now and then for a lil refresher on the subject.
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The book is very thorough and the examples and exercises are extremely helpful.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By much2learn on December 27, 2010
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This book has the same issues for programming newbies as other books of this type (yes, even in the 'for Dummies' books).

The issues are as follows.
1. New terminology/functions is introduced without being fully explained in the text nor is there a reference to where this information can be found.
2. Code samples contain code that has not been covered yet or contains exceptions to the rules being taught.
3. As new information is taught, the sample code for that particular section contains too many differneces from the code used in the sample code from the immediately preceeding section.

The first one is frustrating but a quick search on-line can usually give a more thorough definition of a term or the syntax for a funtion (c.f. try to find "guard-on-entry loop").

The last two are the more trying because the sample code is not really searchable. Samples code should build on previous examples and only introduce the new coding currently being covered. Too many new and unexplained functions, clauses, or statements confuse the newbie.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clay L. Christensen on March 10, 2010
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This book is essential for Oracle veteran and beginner alike. It wraps all the best practices and new features into an easy to read, example laden, treasure of insight into PL/SQL on 11g. A must for all. It is like having a friend who is ready when you need him to point out the new, give you an example, and teach you the pit falls and best practices that you may not think of otherwise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Kerr on December 12, 2012
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This was a valuable resource to me as I am just learning oracle. It is important to understand where this will fit into your learning. The text is not difficult to understand, but you should some have some base experience in some kind of programming language. This book is very good at just telling you exactly and simply how to write PL/SQL. There are 12 chapters with topics like 'functions,' 'objects,' 'error management,' etc... so you shouldn't really expect to get lost anywhere.

That is really why I enjoyed this book, it was very straighforward. Chapter, concept, example, summary, exercises. By the end of the book you will be able to at least read and understand any code you come accross and write a few dandy procedures. This was my experience.

The thing with learning SQL is just if you try to learn just through google you will find a ton of resources on MySQL and only some on Oracle by comparison. And a lot of the oracle stuff you find will just be MySQL solutions ported over on forums which post WRONG 'guessed' code. And within that the help you will find on PL/SQL is sparse at best. Yes I know there is always the full documentation on oracle.com(ZZZzzzzzzzz).

I bought oracles other DBA handbook before this and also have SQL books from MS and o reilly. This book is my favorite so far when comparing format and easyness of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Pappe on August 15, 2013
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This is a great guide for those who have some databases knowledge. It refers basic vocabulary that a DBA should have in order to understand the basic concepts. It contains examples and tips that show you how to create a queries. It will also be a good exercise if you work along with his web site, you will be able to clarify your doubts.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Kline on March 8, 2010
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Product is perfect for folks who have used PL/SQL for years as a refresher and way to catch up on/practice the art of PL/SQL as well as see whats new!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan M. Smith on February 28, 2012
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone studying PL/SQL or desiring to improve their skills in PL/SQL. The author is very knowledgeable on the topic and explains it in a fairly straightforward fashion allowing for relatively quick understanding of the topic. As always it requires effort to develop skills but this book makes doing so much easier then any other book of this type. I recommend this book heavily for the use of students and professionals.
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