Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: Oracle PL/SQL for Dummies

This book doesn't include everything you need to know about PL/SQL. However, it does provide many examples of good coding practice, and it warns you about what to avoid when writing code. We are experienced Oracle professionals who have designed and built many working systems and have writing many thousands of lines of PL/SQL code. The information we provide in this book should whet your appetite for discovering many of the ways in which you can use PL/SQL to communicate with a relational database. We also point you to numerous other handy resources that can help you consolidate and expand your knowledge of this programming language. This book gives you the core information that every PL/SQL developer should know. When we started writing this book, we asked many of our friends and colleagues in the industry what they thought PL/SQL developers should know. If you practice everything we show you in this book, you'll be on your way to becoming an excellent developer. This book is written for people just getting started with the PL/SQL language but does assume that you have some programming language experience. You should understand the basics of computer programming and be familiar with SQL in order to benefit from the information contained in this book. If you have some basic computer programming experiende and are planning to work in the Oracle environment as an application developer, this book is for you. If your goal is to become a database administrator (DBA), it might be a good additional reference, but you should see Oracle 9i For Dummies (latest version as of this writing), by Carol McCullough-Dieter, published by Wiley, or other books about Oracle 10g for information relevant for DBAs.