December 3, 2001
Find Oracle's "Hidden Jewel" With O'Reilly's "Learning Oracle PL/SQL"
Sebastopol, CA--"PL/SQL is one of the great hidden jewels that comes
'in the box' with Oracle," says Bill Pribyl, coauthor of
PL/SQL (O'Reilly, $39.95 US)."It's kind of like indoor
plumbing--not very glamorous, but incredibly convenient." Written for
anyone new to PL/SQL--a neophyte developer, a crossover programmer from
another database system, or a new database administrator who needs to
learn PL/SQL--this book provides a solid foundation in the most
important aspects of PL/SQL, including web and Internet programming.
Once they're on their way with the help of Learning Oracle PL/SQL,
readers who aspire to PL/SQL mastery will want to get
Programming (O'Reilly, $49.95 US), also by Pribyl and Feuerstein.
PL/SQL starts with the basics, but presents
increasingly complex concepts and tasks that will challenge even
experienced programmers. The examples throughout the book are based on
one project (a library electronic catalog), and culminate in one
extensive set of tables and application system. Code for the examples
is online at http://examples.oreilly.com/learnoracle/. The book
addresses language features available in all versions of Oracle, from
Oracle7 to Oracle8i to Oracle9i.
PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with
a wide range of procedural features that are all closely integrated
with the Oracle database server. Coauthor and PL/SQL guru Steven
Feuerstein says, "Most people are pretty surprised when they find out
how many useful things you can do with PL/SQL, and how easy it is to
program. It isn't 'Oracle's version of SQL,' as so many people seem to
think. It's a full programming language in its own right." Learning
Oracle PL/SQL covers:
- PL/SQL - what is it, and why use it?
- Syntax and examples of all core language constructs
- Creating and reusing stored procedures, functions, and packages
- Building web-based applications
- Securing PL/SQL programs
- Benefits of third-party developer tools
- Connecting PL/SQL to email, Java, and the Internet
By Bill Pribyl with Steven Feuerstein
ISBN 0-596-00180-0, 401 Pages, $39.95 (US)
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