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This integrated learning solution teaches all the Oracle PL/SQL skills you need, hands-on, through real-world labs, extensive examples, exercises, and projects! Completely updated for Oracle 11g, Oracle PL/SQL by Example, Fourth Edition covers all the fundamentals, from PL/SQL syntax and program control through packages and Oracle 11g’s significantly improved triggers. One step at a time, you’ll walk through every key task, discovering the most important PL/SQL programming techniques on your own. Building on your hands-on learning, the authors share solutions that offer deeper insights and proven best practices. End-of-chapter projects bring together all the techniques you’ve learned, strengthening your understanding through real-world practice. This book’s approach fully reflects the authors’ award-winning experience teaching PL/SQL programming to professionals at Columbia University. New database developers and DBAs can use its step-by-step instructions to get productive fast; experienced PL/SQL programmers can use this book as a practical solutions reference. Coverage includes         • Mastering basic PL/SQL concepts and general programming language fundamentals, and understanding SQL’s role in           PL/SQL         • Using conditional and iterative program control techniques, including the new CONTINUE and CONTINUE WHEN statements         • Efficiently handling errors and exceptions         • Working with cursors and triggers, including Oracle 11g’s powerful new compound triggers         • Using stored procedures, functions, and packages to write modular code that other programs can execute         • Working with collections, object-relational features, native dynamic SQL, bulk SQL, and other advanced PL/SQL capabilities         • Handy reference appendices: PL/SQL formatting guide, sample database schema, ANSI SQL standards reference, and           more Benjamin Rosenzweig is a Software Development Manager at Misys. Previously he was a Principal Consultant at Oracle. His experience ranges from creating an electronic Tibetan—English Dictionary in Kathmandu, Nepal, to supporting presentation centers at Goldman Sachs and managing trading systems at TIAA-CREF. As an instructor at Columbia University’s Computer Technology and Application Program, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award. Rosenzweig wrote and presented Oracle Forms Developer: The Complete Video Course, and coauthored Oracle Web Application Programming for PL/SQL Developers. Elena Silvestrova Rakhimov is Senior Developer and Team Lead at Alea Software. She has more than fifteen years of experience in database development in a wide spectrum of enterprise and business environments, ranging from non-profit organizations to Wall Street. She has taught database programming at Columbia University. Contents Acknowledgments xiv About the Authors xv Introduction xvii CHAPTER 1 PL/SQL Concepts 1     LAB 1.1 PL/SQL in Client/Server Architecture 2         1.1.1 Use PL/SQL Anonymous Blocks 8         1.1.2 Understand How PL/SQL Gets Executed 10     LAB 1.2 PL/SQL in SQL*Plus 12         1.2.1 Use Substitution Variables 16         1.2.2 Use the DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE Statement 17 Chapter 1 Try It Yourself 19 CHAPTER 2 General Programming Language Fundamentals 21     LAB 2.1 PL/SQL Programming Fundamentals 22         2.1.1 Make Use of PL/SQL Language Components 23         2.1.2 Make Use of PL/SQL Variables 24         2.1.3 Handle PL/SQL Reserved Words 26         2.1.4 Make Use of Identifiers in PL/SQL 27         2.1.5 Make Use of Anchored Datatypes 28         2.1.6 Declare and Initialize Variables 31         2.1.7 Understand the Scope of a Block, Nested Blocks, and Labels 34 Chapter 2 Try It Yourself 37 CHAPTER 3 SQL in PL/SQL 39     LAB 3.1 Making Use of DML in PL/SQL 40         3.1.1 Use the Select INTO Syntax for Variable Initialization 41         3.1.2 Use DML in a PL/SQL Block 42         3.1.3 Make Use of a Sequence in a PL/SQL Block 44     LAB 3.2 Making Use of SAVEPOINT 45         3.2.1 Make Use of COMMIT, ROLLBACK, and SAVEPOINT in a PL/SQL Block 48 Chapter 3 Try It Yourself 51 CHAPTER 4 Conditional Control: IF Statements 53     LAB 4.1 IF Statements 54         4.1.1 Use the IF-THEN Statement 58         4.1.2 Use the IF-THEN-ELSE Statement 62     LAB 4.2 ELSIF Statements 65         4.2.1 Use the ELSIF Statement 69     LAB 4.3 Nested IF Statements 74         4.3.1 Use Nested IF Statements 76 Chapter 4 Try It Yourself 80 CHAPTER 5 Conditional Control: CASE Statements 81
Oracle® PL/SQL™ by Example, Fourth Edition
Benjamin Rosenzweig
Elena Silvestrova Rakhimov
Prentice Hall
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