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Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Paperback – October 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596514044 ISBN-10: 0596514042 Edition: Fourth Edition

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  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514044
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A Guide to Oracle's PL/SQL Language Fundamentals

About the Author

Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language. He is the author or coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Guide to Oracle8i Features, Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Workbook, Oracle Built-in Packages, Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages, and several pocket reference books (all from O'Reilly & Associates). Steven is a Senior Technology Advisor with Quest Software, has been developing software since 1980, and worked for Oracle Corporation from 1987 to 1992.

Bill Pribyl is the primary author of "Learning Oracle PL/SQL" and the coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and its companion pocket reference, all from O'Reilly Media. He is oddly proud of having used PL/SQL to write TCP/IP networking clients, tnsping callouts, near-realtime commodity price loaders, and transcendental functions. Bill, who holds a degree in physics from Rice University, is the former editor of the IOUG technical journal (Select) and former president of the South Central Oracle Users Group. At home with his family in Houston, Texas, Bill's current nonbillable titles include Webmaster for his neighborhood civic club, "IT Guy" for his son's Boy Scout troop, and Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator for his church. Visit Bill's firm at http://www.datacraft.com.

Chip Dawes has been building and maintaining systems on relational databases since 1988 and with Oracle since 1990. He is currently a consultant with D&D Technologies, a Chicago consultancy. He enjoys working with, lecturing on, and writing about Oracle database administration, client server application development, and Unix system administration. Chip is an Oracle Certified Professional and earned computer science and aerospace engineering degrees from St. Louis University.


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J. Druin
Even the more exotic features that I just can't remember, like e.g. the AUTHID stuff for PL/SQL procedures, are covered in this book.
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Having a guide of this size on hand, it is very useful for quick reference and consultation in the office.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Harbick on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've worked with Oracle for quite a while, and I've tinkered with PL/SQL, triggers, etc. on and off during the time that I used Oracle. Recently, I needed to write a really simple PL/SQL program to assist in doing a backfill. I bought this book expecting to pluck out details quickly for writing this program. Unfortunately, there was no index, and the table of contents was a little too high-level to help you find specific information. Finally, once you locate an appropriate section, the text is terse and the examples are quite basic.
I concede that I probably should've bought "Oracle PL/SQL Language" the book for which this is a reference for my particular need. Just beware, however, that this book is solely a reference, and is hard to use unless you already know PL/SQL.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregor Theis on April 3, 2003
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This small booklet "ORACLE PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference" in this new 2nd edition is exactly what you need as PL/SQL (PL/SQL is the ORACLE procedural language extension of SQL) programmer (and is even more important for casual PL/SQL programmer).
"ORACLE PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference" assumes that you are running at least ORACLE 8i and it covers ORACLE 9i as well (ORACLE 9i features are marked as such).
The content and coverage of the book is very good from my perspective. Even the more exotic features that I just can't remember, like e.g. the AUTHID stuff for PL/SQL procedures, are covered in this book. Even if you do not remember the exact keyword to look something up in the index, the book is still small enough to brose over every page in a couple of minutes to find your solution. All of the ORACLE 9i features (that I know of) are explained like e.g. "bulk binds" (cool PL/SQL performance feature).
The language and the new index are very good.
Even though this is a relatively small book, there are examples for almost every topic covered (although not big ones).
This is NOT the right book to learn PL/SQL and it will not teach you any SQL. If you want to learn PL/SQL, I recommend the other books (by the same authors) from O'Reilly that are all VERY good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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There is no index and only a scanty table of contents. You are forced to go to the area and browse for information. It is a short book, and scanning works, but an index would be more efficient.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jaramill on March 27, 2000
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An index would make this pocket reference 5 stars. The TOC - (Table of Contents) is helpful but an Index would be better in addition to the TOC.
Gio
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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Concise, precise and to the point. While not a complete reference, it servers its purpose well: quick lookup of on the fly syntax questions. Tiny, but the author found enough space to squeeze in an actual example of most major constructs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Vajna de Pava on April 2, 2002
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A good sidekick for when you have a mental lapse, unfortunately they seem to have forgot to print the index.
This book will not replace any other PL/SQL book you have (or should have) in your tech library, but is great to have around on your desk instead of the usual 4,000 pages tomes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on July 3, 2008
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The 'Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference' is a good pocket reference for Oracle 11g but I feel that this subject matter is tough to condense in size. I feel that this isn't a niche book that really accomplishes much. I'll still give it 4 stars because it's handy but I think you would be more apt to pick up one of the bigger Oracle PL/SQL books by O'Reilly instead.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Druin on December 6, 2007
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Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference
Steven Feuerstein
O'Reilly - 4th Edition
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This book covers the most common topics in PL/SQL in a compact format. The format is "pocket reference" which is considerably smaller than a standard book. The information is still complete. It appears the publisher accomplished this by eliminating blank pages between chapters, avoiding the use of large type for chapter headings, and beginning the next chapter a few lines after the previous. This format is convenient for people who need to use the reference often.

The items covered are numerous and relevant making the book a good value. The reference does not cover the SQL language itself outside the context of PL/SQL programming. It also does not go into extreme detail on how Oracle is working behind the scenes. It focuses on how to perform the task at hand then moves onto the next topic. This is good for those just looking for an answer but would not provide the detail to someone studying the inner workings of Oracle itself.

Some of the items covered that I found most useful were:

Cursors
Exception handling
Transaction management
Syntax of various loops and the case statement
Bulk operations
Packages
Procedures
Syntax of triggers
Differences between 9i and 10g
Functions

Overall this is an inexpensive, quality reference for those who program PL/SQL.
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