Rarely do I take the opportunity to introduce a book that I've helped create. Normally I am content with my place in the background where book editors rightfully belong. I make an exception this time because the content in this book brings back so many memories from own experiences as a developer in days gone by.

Expert PL/SQL Practices is about wielding PL/SQL effectively. It's not a book about syntax. It's a book about how to apply syntax and features along with good development practices to create applications that are reliable and scalable—and maintainable over the long term.

With any tool, one of the first things to know is when to wield it. Riyaj Shamsudeen deftly tackles the question of when to use PL/SQL in his opening ...

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