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Learning Oracle PL/SQL


Bill Pribyl Steven Feuerstein Publisher: O'Reilly
First Edition December 2001 ISBN: 0-596-00180-0, 424 pages

Summary Table of Contents Index Examples Errata The Editor's Website About the Authors Full Description Reviews Reader reviews Colophon Copyright Designed for both new programmers and those experienced in other languages, this book presents the core features of Oracle's PL/SQL language in an easy-to-read format. Learning Oracle PL/SQL will bring programmers up to speed on the most important aspects of PL/SQL, including web and Internet programming. Updated through Oracle 9i, includes sample programs downloadable from http://oracle.oreilly.com.

Full Description PL/SQL, Oracle's programming language for stored procedures, delivers a world of possibilities for your database programs. PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with a wide range of procedural features, including loops, IF-THEN statements, advanced data structures, and rich transactional control--all closely integrated with the Oracle database server. Knowing where to start with Oracle's procedural language is not always obvious to a newcomer, especially considering the language's feature set and the sheer size of the official documentation (not to mention Oracle's ever-increasing number of pre-built PL/SQL programs). But Learning Oracle PL/SQL offers the signposts and guidance you need to come up to speed on the language, delivered in a manageable number of pages while covering all the essentials. Topics include:

PL/SQL--what is it, and why use it? Why use PL/SQL instead of Java?

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www.it-ebooks.info Syntax and examples of all core language constructs Creating, using, and reusing stored procedures, functions, and packages Building web-based applications using PL/SQL features available "out of the box" (such as PL/SQL Server Pages) Securing PL/SQL programs against attack Benefits of third-party developer tools and integrated development environments Connecting PL/SQL to email, Java, and the Internet

Meticulously crafted with all-new examples downloadable from examples.oreilly.com/learnoracle, the book addresses language features available in all versions of Oracle, from Oracle7 to Oracle8i to Oracle9i. Learning Oracle PL/SQL was written by PL/SQL experts Bill Pribyl and Steven Feuerstein, whose easy-to-read style and attention to detail has made other O'Reilly books (such as the bestselling Oracle PL/SQL Programming) very popular among Oracle developers worldwide. Learning Oracle PL/SQL is meant for a wide range of target audiences, including both beginning programmers and those already experienced with other programming languages. Whether you are a new developer, a crossover programmer from another database system, or a new database administrator who needs to learn PL/SQL, this book will get you well on your way. It is the perfect introduction to Oracle PL/SQL Programming, also by Pribyl and Feuerstein.

About the Authors Bill Pribyl Bio to be posted soon Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language. He is the author or coauthor of six books on PL/SQL, including the now-classic Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, 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. Steven is president of the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund, which makes grants to Chicagoland organizations working for social, racial and economic justice.

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You can reach Steven at steven@stevenfeuerstein.com.

Reviews "As someone who knows C, Perl, and Java, I found this to be a great starter book in PL/SQL. It gave me the core knowledge I needed for a jump-start into PL/SQL programming. This is a great book for anybody wanting to learn PL/SQL programming for Oracle!" --Bill Phillips, System Engineer, Diverse Networks "As a project manager for an IT consulting firm, I needed to go beyond basic SQL and leverage the efficiency and versatility of PL/SQL. After searching in vain for an introduction to PL/SQL that required no prior programming experience, I've finally found a book that is truly for the beginner. This book provides thorough explanations of the sample code in plain English, written so that I can understand why the programs work. It's the next best thing to sitting down with someone for a private tutorial." --Corrie Nettles, former consultant at Baker Robbins & Co., and Oracle Certified Professional in database administration

Readers Reviews

December 06, 2001

Rating:

No one can write PL/SQL better than Steven Feuerstein. If you can not understand/program PL/SQL after reading this book you can consider a carrier change. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning Oracle Programming . K Gopalakrishnan

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Dedication Preface Is This Book for You? Other Books in This Series Why This Book? Which Oracle and PL/SQL Versions? Organization of This Book Conventions Used in This Book Comments and Questions Acknowledgments 1. PL/SQL: What, When, and Where 1.1 What Is PL/SQL? 1.2 Why Use PL/SQL? 1.3 What You Need to Get Started with PL/SQL 2. Fundamentals 2.1 PL/Lingo 2.2 Running Your First PL/SQL Program 2.3 Introduction to Program Structure 2.4 Variables 2.5 Common Operators 2.6 Conditional Logic 2.7 Executing in Circles: Loop Statements 2.8 Code Formatting: Requirements and Guidelines 2.9 Some Advanced Fundamentals 3. Let's Code! 3.1 Some Background on the Example 3.2 A First Programming Exercise 3.3 Retrieving a Book Count with a Function 3.4 Make Your Code Resilient 3.5 Using PL/SQL Packages to Organize Code 3.6 Going to the Next Level 3.7 Now What? 4. Go Web, Young Man 4.1 Introduction to HTML 4.2 Using PL/SQL to Create Web Pages 4.3 What Else? 5. Fetch!

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5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6

What's the Big Deal? A Simple-Minded Approach to Retrieving One Row Retrieving More than One Row Using a Cursor Presenting Query Results via a Web Page Building a Web-Based Search Page Using Dynamic SQL Advanced Data Retrieval Topics

6. Keeping House 6.1 Organize Your Code 6.2 Use Tools to Write Code Effectively 7. Security: Keep the Bad Guys Out 7.1 Oracle Security Primer 7.2 Organizing Accounts to Improve Security 7.3 Analyzing the Library System's Requirements 7.4 Keeping a Trail of Database Changes 7.5 Special Security Topics for PL/SQL Developers 8. Communicating with the Outside World 8.1 Sending Internet Email from PL/SQL 8.2 Using the Mail Sender in the Library System 8.3 Receiving Email Inside the Database 8.4 Fetching Data from a Remote Web Site 8.5 Integration with Other Languages 9. Intermediate Topics and Other Diversions 9.1 Riding the Software Lifecycle 9.2 Lists o' Stuff (Collections) in PL/SQL 9.3 Exception-Handling Packages 9.4 Transaction Control 9.5 The PL/SQL Compiler 9.6 Managing Patron and Librarian Privileges 9.7 Still More PL/SQL Features 10. Afterword: "Making Good" of Database Programming 10.1 The Evidence 10.2 The Problem 10.3 Answering the Objections 10.4 What to Do Glossary Colophon

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To my wife, Norma Bill Pribyl To my newest neice, Lianne Belle Rosenthall Steven Feuerstein
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So you'd like to learn PL/SQL. Hooray! Let me welcome you to a worldwide community of hundreds of thousands of PL/SQL programmers. By learning PL/SQL, you will gain command of a great language for programming the Oracle database: a language long on practicality and short on annoyances. Before the show begins, though, let's take a look at where we're going and how we're going to get there.
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Is This Book for You?


I am going to assume that most readers are using, or will soon be using, the Oracle database server, probably a relatively recent version that is still supported by Oracle. Beyond that, how many of the following apply to you?

You are a new Oracle application developer who can spell PL/SQL but that's about it. You are a new Oracle database administrator (DBA), and you need to review PL/SQL written by application developers. You are a new DBA and you want to automate many of your tasks. You need to use one of Oracle's options that requires PL/SQL knowledge (such as the Spatial Data Option, used for storing and retrieving geographic information in the database). You are a programmer familiar with another database like SQL Server, and your job now requires you to deal with Oracle.

If even one of those descriptions is true, this book is for you. Whether you already know another programming language like Java or Transact-SQL[1] , or this is your first exposure to programming, this book should get you off the ground. If, on the other hand, you are proficient in C++ and you eat new languages for breakfast, you might want to skim (or even skip) this book and jump into one of the other books in O'Reilly's series of books on Oracle development.
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