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Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 4th Edition Paperback – September 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0596009779 ISBN-10: 0596009771 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009779
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Feuerstein is considered the world's leading expert on the Oracle PL/SQL language and an excellent evangelist for the book and the PL/SQL language in general. He travels extensively, giving seminars, keynote addresses, and technical presentations at database conferences. He writes for Oracle Magazine and other publications, and is the most popular "columnist" for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), which gets several million hits a month. He is a very popular writer and speaker, well known and respected by Oracle Corporation and its users worldwide.

Bill Pribyl, author, teacher, and software consultant, is the primary author of Learning Oracle PL/SQL, and the co-author of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and its companion pocket reference, all published by O'Reilly Media. An Oracle user since 1986, Bill has consulted on many aspects of using Oracle products. He recently spearheaded PLNet.org, a Web-based repository where developers can share open source PL/SQL.


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Steven Feuerstein is considered to be one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (all published by O'Reilly Media). Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and has served as PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software since January 2001. He is an Oracle ACE Director and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). Since 2005 he has focused his attention on improving the testing of PL/SQL programs, primarily through the creation of Quest Code Tester for Oracle, which automates PL/SQL code testing. Steven's online PL/SQL cyberhome is located at www.ToadWorld.com/SF; but you can also find out more about Steven at http://www.StevenFeuerstein.com.

Customer Reviews

Steven's book is the best reference available for PL/SQL.
Donald J. Bales
It is good for beginners as well as for experience programmer for reference.
Charudatta D. Shaligram
The book is full of fully written examples with concise explanations.
David L. Jacob

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wehrle on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is The Ultimate PL/SQL reference. Although the book isn't 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 isn't 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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on April 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Steven Feuerstein and Bill Pribyl's ORACLE PL/SQL is a major reference for any already programming: it provides references to syntax, codes, and forms for developers and database administrators, adds new content to extend coverage for the latest Oracle Database 10g Release 2, and adds new chapters covering security encryption, email, and globalization. This isn't just an A-Z coverage: it provides questions, application issue analysis, details on whether usage is appropriate or worth the effort, and how to avoid common coding problems such as hardcoding literals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Brutto on March 11, 2008
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I've worked with Oracle and PL/SQL on and off for ages. I never really took a dive into the details of anything until recently. I knew the basics of PL/SQL blocks, writing procedures/functions and some of the "advanced" column/data types and interactions with them(XML with XPath, for example).

Being a professional software engineer for some time now and working with Oracle regularly has lead me down a path of basic knowledge. This book took that knowledge and pushed the boundaries further than I could have imagined. Great detail, simple/concise/powerful examples and explanations coupled with the author's ability to write with humor make this a wonderful read from beginner to intermediate.

Advanced users/developers may find it useful merely as a reference, however. It is something that will surely be worn out as time goes on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ooocp on October 30, 2010
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Amazon sais that this kindle book includes 11g features, but it does not! The kindle edition is the 4th edition, including 10g features.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David L. Jacob on October 25, 2006
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I use this as my student Textbook at Portland Community College. I teach PL/SQL for Oracle University and recommend this book to all of my OU students as the very best reference I have found. I have used this book for students from the first edition. The book is full of fully written examples with concise explanations. Buy it, Read it and tell a friend. Steven also has a great web site to support the text. Djd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Bales on August 29, 2007
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Steven's book is the best reference available for PL/SQL. No other book comes close. While he may cover Oracle user-defined types and object-relational technology, I regret that he only approaches the use of PL/SQL as a procedural language. Still, it's the best reference on the market for PL/SQL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FroodCNB on October 1, 2007
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It is clear, concise, and as far as I can tell, correct. The writing is friendly, and the examples useful. I learned far more about PL/SQL from this book than from the Oracle documentation. I recently heard the author speak at a conference, and his good personality is reflected in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurent Schneider on September 19, 2007
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No doubt you must own this book if you start learning PL/SQL or if you want to improve your coding. Steven reveals many traps that may be in your code. It explains how to take advantage of multiple techniques like BULK COLLECT.

It may serve as a reference book too
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