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Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Covers Versions Through Oracle Database 12c 6th Edition, Kindle Edition
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Considered the best Oracle PL/SQL programming guide by the Oracle community, this definitive guide is precisely what you need to make the most of Oracle’s powerful procedural language. The sixth edition describes the features and capabilities of PL/SQL up through Oracle Database 12c Release 1.
Hundreds of thousands of PL/SQL developers have benefited from this book over the last twenty years; this edition continues that tradition. With extensive code examples and a lively sense of humor, this book explains language fundamentals, explores advanced coding techniques, and offers best practices to help you solve real-world problems.
- Get PL/SQL programs up and running quickly, with clear instructions for executing, tracing, testing, debugging, and managing code
- Understand new 12.1 features, including the ACCESSIBLE_BY clause, WITH FUNCTION and UDF pragma, BEQUEATH CURRENT_USER for views, and new conditional compilation directives
- Take advantage of extensive code samples, from easy-to-follow examples to reusable packaged utilities
- Optimize PL/SQL performance with features like the function result cache and Oracle utilities such as PL/Scope and the PL/SQL hierarchical profiler
- Build modular, easy-to-maintain PL/SQL applications using packages, procedures, functions, and triggers
About the Author
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). He has also published his first book for kids: http://stevenfeuerstein.com/vivianvulture. Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and served as PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software (and then Dell) from January 2001 to February 2014. 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). Steven's latest initiative is the PL/SQL Challenge (http://www.plsqlchallenge.com), a daily quiz for PL/SQL developers; hundreds of programmers play each day. Check it out and join the fun! Steven's online technical cyberhome is located at www.ToadWorld.com/SF. You can also catch up on his latest, mostly non-PLSQL rants at http://feuerthoughts.blogspot.com.
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00I0GI75G
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 6th edition (January 23, 2014)
- Publication date : January 23, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 11968 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 2368 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,905 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #108 in SQL Databases
- #294 in SQL (Books)
- #598 in Computer Databases
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However, after 400+ pages in, I realized I really wasn't learning PL/SQL. I was reading a lot and trying to digest as much as I could, but actual information retention was not happening. When I bough the book, I was looking for a similar resource as when I became certified in Oracle SQL: a guide to teach me via a sample schema which would allow me to code at an increasingly sophisticated level. Learn the basics, practice, and become confident enough to develop more complex queries is the way I need to learn.
One issue that became increasingly frustrating for me was the use of concepts in sample code before a novice like myself even understands the concept. Core PL/SQL features such as packages, procedures, and triggers are not even covered until more than halfway through the book. However, features such as PL/SQL blocks, records, and collections are explained via sample code using procedures, packages, and triggers. Therefore, I'm trying to understand how code works regarding a concept which has not yet been explained nor whose syntax do I understand.
Judging by its reputation, this is a much beloved reference guide and I am sure one that I will come to appreciate once I have an understanding of the PL/SQL language. However, there are better books, IMO, for learning programming concepts without feeling overwhelmed.
The biggest problem I see people have with this book is trying to use it for reference and it's not really designed that way. The way the book is arranged, each topic starts with code snippets that improve as you work through them until at the end you see everything complete and I've discovered this is an awesome way to truly grok the use of the concept. Then once I've done that it's great for reference later because I can see not only how it's supposed to work, but how it evolved to work that way.
Once you get used to what the book is actually doing, you'll probably find out you want the book around all the time too.
For a beginner you'll see a procedure having another procedure as an IN parameter or calling another procedure/ function at the earlier chapters of the book which I think a newbie will have a hard time to follow. I'm struggling with it but it has great tips especially for those who want to dig deep with pl/sql.
I'll update my review when I get in the later chapters of the book.