This book was born from a translation of a book originally written by Lex de Haan in Dutch. That book was first published in 1993, and went through several revisions in its native Dutch before Lex decided to produce an English version. Apress published that English version in 2005 under the title “Mastering Oracle SQL and SQL*Plus”. The book has since earned respect as an excellent, accurate, and concise tutorial on Oracle’s implementation of SQL.

While SQL is a fairly stable language, there have been changes to Oracle’s implementation of it over the years. The book you are holding now is a revision of Lex’s original, English-language work. The book has been revised to cover new developments in Oracle SQL since 2005, especially ...

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