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Oracle PL/SQL Programming Paperback – September 12, 1997

ISBN-13: 063-6920923350 ISBN-10: 1565923359 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (September 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565923359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565923355
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, author, teacher, and software consultant,is the primary author of Learning Oracle PL/SQL and the coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming and its companion pocket reference, all published by O'Reilly & Associates. 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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It is excellently written with good examples.
"d_knutsen"
Incredibly, the book does not cover or even mention the essential, crucially important "Windows Functions" added to the ISO SQL standard in 2003.
Robert D. Glover Jr.
This is an excellent book on PL/SQL and especially for PL/SQL beginners! .
George Mbogo

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By jaramill on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book wholeheartedly for beginners as well as veterans of PL/SQL. Especially against the Oracle Press book by author Scott Urman. That book (though it covers the basics), it does not give you the tips and tricks or insight as does Steve's book.
The O'Reilly series book is well crafted, with excellent examples. The style of writing is humorous as well as straight forward. And it is a companion amongst other Oracle books by O'Reilly. O'Reilly Publishing seems to know Oracle better than Oracle Press knows itself.
Gio
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
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May be it is not the book for a person seeing PL/SQL for the first time. But this is one book close to my heart. Combined with Feuerstein's humor and distinctive style of writing and the O'Reilly stamp , this is one book which you would like to savour -- line by line -- Feuerstein has nuggets of info hidden away. Read if you have time to enjoy it ! Not really a book for fast reference. Also this book does not talk about database triggers .For a quick lookup, may be Scott Urman's (Oracle Press) PL/SQL book is better. I have both. But , if you're a serious PL/SQL programmer and looking for the finer points -- this book is an absolute must !
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
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If you need a single reference/learning book for PL/SQL, this would be it. If you are a beginner to PL/SQL, when you buy this book, please spend the time to read it and experiment. For a quicker start, maybe Scott Urman's (Oracle Press) PL/SQL book is better. I have both. But, if you're a serious PL/SQL programmer and looking for the finer points -- this book is an absolute must!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Liesenfelt on February 10, 2000
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I have no prior knowledge of PL/SQL (and only a little experience with Transact-SQL). With this book in hand for 2 days, I am able to maintain and debug existing PL/SQL stored procedures. This book has easy to understand text, a good index and wonderful examples.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1997
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This book is a carefully documented manual for learning PL/SQL that is written by the one and only Steven Feuerstein. His unique style of writing coupled with his intricate knowledge of the subject makes it a pleasure to read and learn.
Programmers will actually learn the most effective way to write the best PL/SQL code by following Stevens practical advice from real life experiences with PL/SQL and the examples that are so clearly explained. Don't miss the humor too.

The book covers virtually everthing one needs to learn PL/SQL including Packages, procedures, functions and Oracle's built-ins. It also tells you where and when the differences arise between the various revisions and their numbers. A great benefit along with the book is a diskette with code and a few utilities. Most of the code is generic and can be simply cut and pasted into the application with little or not trouble. If you don't have this bible of Oracle on your desk, then you don't want to learn PL/SQL.
And remember Steven is the world's leading authority on PL/SQL. Drop in at his site to know more about him [...]
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sonrisante on February 19, 2000
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I got this book based on other reviews here. For the most part, I agree that this is a good book, and it has been helpful for me.

However, for someone who has never done Oracle and needing to do Triggers specifically, I find it difficult to find any information about how to do Triggers, special contstucts available for Triggers, etc.

Other technical topics are good, though, and as a novice it helps me greatly to see potential for Oracle application programming.

Index and TOC could be better organized; I usually can't find what I'm looking for in the index.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Mbogo on December 6, 1999
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This is an excellent book on PL/SQL and especially for PL/SQL beginners! .
Every DBA and Oracle programmer should buy this book and READ READ and READ.
After this book I suggest two other books by Steve, 1. Programming with PL/SQL packages 2. Oracle Built-in packages
These 3 books are my Online Oracle tutor on PL/SQL and Oracle Packages!
You won't regret buying these books.
How about a book on Designer 6000 steve ? Keep up the good work steve.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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I have to admit that I haven't read the whole book yet. In fact, I've only read the first four chapters. But I'm so impressed with the first four chapters that I figure I've already got my money's worth. I like to read a book cover to cover, every word. Many computer books are written in such a dry, choppy style that this is impossible. This book is a pleasure. I enjoy the humor, the real-life anecdotes and, of course, there's lots of technical stuff. What I like most about the book are the coding standards and "best practices" that appear throughout the book (well, at least the first four chapters). Most of the technical content of this book is contained in the Oracle on-line books--but without this extra insight and commentary the technical details just don't mean much. This book answers the "how do I use this?" and "why do I care?" questions. If you're doing PL/SQL, this is THE book to have.
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