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Oracle8 PL/SQL Programming Paperback – September 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0078823053 ISBN-10: 0078823056

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1022 pages
  • Publisher: Oracle Press (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078823056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078823053
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Speak the Language of PL/SQL 8.0 for Oracle8.

Become fluent in the powerful Oracle8 development language and create applications that exude efficiency, reliability, and grace. This completely revised and updated book and CD-ROM package is your ticket to mastering PL/SQL in Oracle7 and Oracle8.

An Oracle insider, Scott Urman presents up-to-date information on the best ways to develop, test, debug, and tune your Oracle7 and Oracle8 PL/SQL applications, with an emphasis on critical server-side techniques. Beginning with an overview of PL/SQL and general programming constructs, you'll receive valuable guidance so you can:

  • Minimize the time spent learning PL/SQL--get clear, concise examinations of the essential features that all Oracle developers, programmers, and DBAs must know
  • Understand how PL/SQL 8.0 interacts with the new object relational database, Oracle8
  • Become fluent in new, advanced PL/SQL 8.0 features, such as large objects and abstract data types
  • Find solutions to your common business problems using real-world examples of PLSQL at work
  • Learn how to expertly test and debug your PL/SQL code suing a variety of methods and tools, including Platinum's SQL-Station
  • Find out how to use PL/SQL with third-party tools, and in such diverse environments as Oracle Developer/2000 and the Oracle Application Web Server
  • Discover rich resources on the CD-ROM, including ready-to-use code from the book, and demo versions of Platinum's SQL-Station and Oracle's Web Server

Take your applications from specifications from specification to brilliantly working code in no time with Oracle8 PL/SQL Programming.

About the Author

Scott Urman (Foster City, CA) is a senior member of the diagnostic and defect technical staff in the Language Group of Oracle Support Services, where he aids users of Oracle's various language products (PL/SQL, OCI, and the Oracle precompilers). In addition, he reviews Oracle technical documentation, writes white papers on Oracle languages, and makes technical presentations both inside Oracle and at meetings of Oracle User's Groups. Scott is the best-selling author of Oracle Press' Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle8 PL/SQL Programming.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By nullptr on March 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a complete Oracle novice, transitioning from Microsoft T-SQL to PL/SQL. I was worried about the transition being difficult until I read this book.
It is one of those very rare books that presents advanced concepts in a context understandable by users of all experience levels. The author often throws in tips about Oracle PL/SQL quirks to watch out for, as well as some very applicable information about how Oracle works internally.
I've since become more comfortable with PL/SQL, and the book also serves as a great reference. I highly encourage you to read this book straight through.
I recommend this well-written book to anybody wanting to learn PL/SQL, as well as anyone needing a great reference.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Golden Lion VINE VOICE on June 17, 1998
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I found "Oracle8 Pl/Sql Programming" to be worth my time and money. Reading the "Oracle8 Pl/Sql Programming" book was like being in the Oracle Education course without paying $2000. Here's why - each chapter has short narrative descriptions of the topics followed by a lab you can do. I like the learn by experimentation approach. Beneficial topics were: Oracle Objects, Collections, DBMS_OUTPUT, TEXT_IO, cursors, and Dynamic cursors. I found "Oracle8 PL/SQL Programming" far superior to the Oracle documentation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Y. Yue on December 27, 1999
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Scott Urman has done a terrific job in explaining PL/SQL with such a clarity, making this subject easy to understand. What I really like is that he uses examples, not jargons, to illustrate PL/SQL concepts. This book is a must-have for everyone who either wants to master PL/SQL or simply want to clear up confusions after reading PL/SQl sections of Koch & Loney (Don't take me wrong, it was also a wonderful book.). This book worths every penny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Riad Thalji on April 19, 2000
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The book is plentiful of carefully selected examples, which illustrate each topic in a very clear and real-life simulation. The complete sections of practical real-life examples found at the end of some chapters are very useful and can be modified and used in practical applications. It is really a great job. Buy this book. It is really a great job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 1999
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This is a great book for either learning PL/SQL or as a reference. I went through a little better than half of the book word for word before I gave up. But I still use this book as a reference whenever I need to program in PL/SQL. I would suggest this book to anyone who either wants to learn PL/SQL or just needs to check something really quickly. If you use PL/SQL on a regular to semi-regular basis, then this is a must have.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jill McAfee on September 21, 2000
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After reading this book, my programming skills leaped from Oracle kindergartener to Oracle goddess! As well as a great introduction to PL/SQL and a thorough reference, this book sits right next to my keyboard when I program. It not only covers basic PL/SQL, but also Oracle built-in packages, objects, collections, debugging, and the list goes on. Whether you're just getting started or having been programming for a while, this is an invaluable resource.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1999
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It's an incredible book having good information to build your PL/SQL programming.Basically, it's for those who are aware of SQL and lack Knowledge in PL/SQL.It's a worth buy book.I personally think that i 'm satisfied the way Scott Urman has implemented his deep ideas in the book. The CD-ROM helped me a lot in building my knowledge in PL/SQL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jojo williams on September 4, 2000
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I found the book altogether excellent but the examples all center around a class room environment. Most development is for businesses centred around employees. The section on exception handling needs additional information, which is found in other books on the same subject. Overall, its an excellent book, well written and a great help in development and plsql programming !!!
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