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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 http://www.ToadWorld.com/SF. You can also catch up on his latest, mostly non-PLSQL rants at http://feuerthoughts.blogspot.com.
February 22 2014On my PL/SQL Challenge website, we have a feature called Roundtable, which offers an opportunity to discuss "big picture" questions relevant to Oracle programmers. The current discussion (well, sharing, really) asks players to share the programming languages with which they work.In part of my answer, I wrote:I should learn new… read more
February 21 2014Each June, ODTUG hold its highly respected and enthusiastically attended Kaleidoscope conference. this year it will take place in Seattle. Lots more details here.And several years ago, ODTUG added a community service day (CSD) on the Saturday before the conference, to give attendees an opportunity to "do good" while they… read more
February 18 2014Just reading about another snake-handling pastor who died from a snake bite.My feeling about these folks is: go for it. If you want to risk death for your beliefs, why not? It's not like there aren't enough people alive in the world to fill in any gaps you leave behind.The… read more
February 17 2014That's a question I get a lot.I guess that's because I am not overweight and kind of tall....?I can remember a few times when I really enjoyed running: both times they were more an adventure, in which running was the mode of transport. But generally, I have been bored by… read more
February 07 2014My father, Sheldon Feuerstein, was a large presence in our lives and the lives of many others. He was a big man, physically (and, sadly, overweight for too many of his later years, which contributed to the diseases that led to his death in 2010), but it was more than… read more
February 07 2014This month's Roundtable discussion on the PL/SQL Challenge is:If you are on this website, you almost certainly know PL/SQL and SQL. What other programming languages do you currently use? How do you find they compare to PL/SQL and SQL? We have been playing quizzes at the PL/SQL Challenge for several… read more
January 30 2014I received this very pleasant note today from a PL/SQL developer:Actually, the second edition of PL/SQL programming is what jump started my career as a PL/SQL developer. I was sold to my first Oracle customer as an Oracle developer, while I had actually never written any PL/SQL. So I raced… read more
January 19 2014If you are one of the many humans who don't believe in evolution, or more specifically believe that the planet is just 6,000 years old, or believe that a God or gods have a plan for us, I wouldn't bother reading any more of this post.OK, then. So if you… read more
January 13 2014SETI - the Search for Extra-Terrestrial IntelligenceI used to be big into sci-fi. I read lots of fascinating stories involving ingeniously crafted aliens. It was very entertaining and thought-provoking.Like many humans, I looked on with awe as humans found their way into space, peered ever deeper into space (and the… read more
January 05 2014Here's why FIJI Water thinks we should buy "their" water:In Fiji, rainfall filters through volcanic rock over hundreds of years, adding vital minerals that give FIJI Water its unique and refreshing taste. The water collects in an ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth, where it is protected from external… read more
"If you are responsible for PL/SQL coding, this book needs to be on your desk. Period. "
"Steven Feuerstein's Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, 2nd Edition provides the author's years of programming, teaching and writing experiences in a set of 'best practices' for developing applications...[it] is covered...in chapters which are quick and easy to consult."
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