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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). Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992), and has served as PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software since January 2001. 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 www.ToadWorld.com/SF. You can also catch up on his latest, mostly non-PLSQL rants at http://feuerthoughts.blogspot.com.
November 23 2013I hate advertising, but I sure do find the machinations and twisty-thinking of marketeers to be quite entertaining. Here's an especially delightful example:Allow me to offer you the description in full size, easy to read text (bolding by Yours Truly):My Cloud by Western Digital3TB Personal Cloud Storage* Keep Your Content… read more
November 21 2013Justifyby Steven Feuerstein, 2013 I should not be here.I should not be.Too many humans devouring the world.I would leaveto save a single treeor to ensurea fern leaf unfurled.But I'll stay, instead,and switch allegiancefrom a genocidal speciesto my planet, my home:my home of surpassing beauty.If I stay, instead,and save a single… read more
November 19 2013I finally got around to posting some videos of Loey on Youtube. Enjoy! read more
November 18 2013Spent the latter half of Sunday with Lovely Loey.Stormy day (lots of tornados south of Chicago) and both Veva and Loey enjoyed stomping in some puddles in their big yellow boots! Took her to the Children's Museum for the last half hour until they closed, then got ice cream and finally… read more
November 10 2013I invite all my friends and concerned strangers (though not for long, if you show up!) to participate in my first-ever Tree Rescue Day, on Saturday, November 16, from 10 AM to 12 PM, in Rogers Park, Chicago.Trees - towering above us, living far beyond our small lives - shouldn't… read more
October 22 2013I don't just like trees. I am in awe of trees. Sometimes, I must confess, I do walk up to a tree to trace the texture of its bark with my fingers, or just lean up against the big trunk, feel its strength, and age, look up to follow the… read more
October 22 2013In case you ever have visited the PL/SQL Challenge or generally follow my obsessive behaviors, I have just announced at the PL/SQL Challenge blog that I plan to stop offering daily quizzes starting in 2014.This is a big deal, at least to me. I started the PL/SQL Challenge in April… read more
October 21 2013My granddaughter, Loey, will be two at the end of October 2013. She is a delight. And very observant. Several times in the past two weeks, as I've been holding her - so her face is close to mine - and I say something, she'll stick her index finger in… read more
October 15 2013I don't just write books about PL/SQL. I also write children's books (much, much harder!). In fact, back in 1991, I wrote my all-time favorite: Vivian Vulture. My incredibly talented wife, Veva Silva, did some fantastic illustrations for it and we plan to publish it soon via Amazon's Createspace. In the… read more
October 15 2013Conversation with Veva Silva a few nights ago: Steven: Sometimes I get worried about how easily Loey is able to bewitch entire groups of people. "Ohhhhh," they sigh, as if experiencing one of Life's Mysteries, "she's so beautiful..." And talk about melting your heart, when she holds out her arms… read more
October 07 2013I received this note late in September:Hello Steven,Well, as I've been searching for info/opinions/reviews on this, I figure why not try asking you ??? Would sure appreciate your feedback.I'm a programmer entering into work where I'll be traveling a bit, no longer able to search my bookshelf for information. I'll… read more
October 02 2013Since April 2010, the PL/SQL Challenge has offered daily, weekly and monthly quizzes on Oracle PL/SQL, SQL, deductive logic and Oracle Application Express. Oracle technologists have submitted over 740,000 answers to these quizzes. Hundreds have raved about how much they have learned, how much fun it is to compete (or… read more
August 31 2013Live in North Carolina? Live on the East Coast? Want to see me present, no matter where you live? If any of these are true, I encourage you to come to the upcoming November 5-6 ECO conference (full details below). I will reprise my always-popular Coding Therapy for Software Developers… 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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