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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764599577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764599576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Find tips for creating efficient PL/SQL code

If you know a bit about SQL, this book will make PL/SQL programming painless!

The Oracle has spoken — you need to get up to speed on PL/SQL programming, right? We predict it'll be a breeze with this book! You'll find out about code structures, best practices, and code naming standards, how to use conditions and loops, where to place PL/SQL code in system projects, ways to manipulate data, and more.

Discover how to

  • Write efficient, easy-to-maintain code
  • Test and debug PL/SQL routines
  • Integrate SQL and PL/SQL
  • Apply PL/SQL best practices
  • Use new features introduced in Oracle 9i and 10g

About the Author

Michael Rosenblum is originally from Kremenchuk, Ukraine. In 2000, he moved to the United States, where he lives with his family in Edison, New Jersey. He works as a Development DBA at Dulcian, Inc. Michael is responsible for system tuning and application architecture. He also supports Dulcian developers by writing complex PL/SQL routines and researching new features. He is a frequent presenter at various regional and national Oracle user group conferences.
In his native Ukraine, he received the scholarship of the President of Ukraine, a Masters Degree in Information Systems, and a Diploma with Honors from the Kiev National University of Economics, Ukraine.

Dr. Paul Dorsey is the founder and President of Dulcian, Inc. (www.dulcian.com), an Oracle consulting firm that specializes in business rules-based Oracle Client-Server and Web custom application development. He is the chief architect of Dulcian’s Business Rules Information Manager (BRIM®) tool.
Paul is the co-author of seven Oracle Press books that have been translated into nine languages: Oracle JDeveloper 10g Handbook, Oracle9i JDeveloper Handbook, Oracle JDeveloper 3 Handbook, Oracle Designer Handbook (2 editions), Oracle Developer Forms and Reports: Advanced Techniques and Development Standards, Oracle8 Design Using UML Object Modeling. In 2003, he was honored by ODTUG as volunteer of the year, in 2001 by IOUG as volunteer of the year and by Oracle as one of the six initial honorary Oracle 9i Certified Masters. Paul is an Oracle Fusion Middleware Regional Director. He is the President of the New York Oracle Users’ Group and a Contributing Editor of the International Oracle User Group’s SELECT Journal. He is also the founder and chairperson of the ODTUG Business Rules Symposium (now called Best Practices Symposium), currently in its sixth year, and the J2EE SIG.

Customer Reviews

I'm very new to PL/SQL.
M. Antillon
I can't tell you how many strange programming assignments I have been able to pull off because of this book.
Igwe Kalu Kalu Ogba
Clearly written, easy to read, loads of basic tips.
Mark Watsen

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CRR for Tampa on March 8, 2007
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I am very pleased w/ the purchase of the book. If your goal is to learn PL/SQL quickly and comprehensively, this is the book to buy. It covers all the fundamentals you need to know about PL/SQL and it is excellently written. I have been a developer for 20 years in many languages. Learning new languages from overly technical books and writters, I find, often times make your learning process slow and ineffective. I took this class at Oracle, but there were topics that the training manual and the instructor did not do a good job presenting. This book clarified many of the topics I that were presented in class in a simpler, clearer, and more effective manner. I highly recommend it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Watsen on June 23, 2006
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This is just wonderful. Clearly written, easy to read, loads of basic tips. This is the perfect book for someone trying to get into the industry.

This book should be required reading for every new Oracle developer. Many experienced developers would do well to read this as well. Everything in this book should be industry standard, but much of it is not done by "experienced" developers.

Every company should have a few copies around to give to every new hire.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Cimolini on July 26, 2006
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This book is an excellent introduction to both PL/SQL and general coding principles. It is a good book for beginners and old dogs alike. It provides simple, clear and useful introductions to advanced topics such a INSTEAD OF TRIGGERS, BULK COLLECTS etc. My team is now using it a our "best practice" document for PL/SQL coding. Well done Misha and Paul. ----- FOLLOW UP (September, 2009): My team has been using several copies of this book for over three years now. Our copies are dog-eared from much use. This book has more than paid for itself many, many times over. Both our senior and junior developers use the book routinely. I still think that it is a five star book.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Walter Spring on July 25, 2006
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As I began reading, the attribute which came foremost to my mind was "readable". It covers all of the basics in a fashion readily comprehensible to those with even modest exposure to programming. We can always do better, but for most of us, if we go only as far as this text takes us, we will do far better than many of our contemporaries in the industry today.

It certainly is also "A Reference for the Rest of Us". Those of us who have used PL/SQL for many years may not have noticed various handy new features as they have come along, and for those features we know of but use less frequently, this book is a handy reference.

Interspersed with the fundamentals of the language and all of the tips and examples, the authors continually (and gently) remind us that we have to keep checking the bigger picture - in short how to avoid project failure. Good advice in any language.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P. Evans on November 9, 2006
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This book has a lot of good technical data, but it's not well organized for learning, more of a reference. Also, it assumes you are already an experienced SQL programmer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Anderson on March 18, 2012
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This book is written with the standard 'for dummies' formatting but its contents are not very user-friendly. The explanations are too short and assume too much or keep refering you to other books or just state that it's out of the book's scope. The examples aren't very useful and are hard to follow because the author doesn't give descriptive names to variables and you have to keep guessing what's what.

Summary:
Extremely boring and sometimes hard to follow book. Doesn't help learning pl/sql much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 1, 2009
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This is a great book for beginners. I give it only 4 stars because it does not have examples to practice.

In my opinion you definitely have to know SQL better prior to using this book. For hard-heads like me :) it was helpful to understand the concepts and the programming Syntax in a easier way without losing in several lines of text.

However I used this book along with the free online material and had practicing on Oracle installed in my PC and trying out the examples/scenarios that I created myself.

I am glad I used this book and would recommend any one to start with this for beginners and move on to books with more advanced concepts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By silly cat on September 14, 2012
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it is always intimidating for me to read "for dummies" books series because i consider myself a professional database developer, but being new to Oracle I found this book extremely clear and helpful. Authors did a great job to describe basics of PL/SQL and was ready for my first Oracle project in a few days. Examples in the book are nice and short and there are quite a few tips and best practices described. I would definitely recommend this book to get you started quickly with Oracle programming.
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