Learning Oracle PL/SQL

Book description

PL/SQL, Oracle's programming language for stored procedures, delivers a world of possibilities for your database programs. PL/SQL supplements the standard relational database language, SQL, with a wide range of procedural features, including loops, IF-THEN statements, advanced data structures, and rich transactional control--all closely integrated with the Oracle database server. Knowing where to start with Oracle's procedural language is not always obvious to a newcomer, especially considering the language's feature set and the sheer size of the official documentation (not to mention Oracle's ever-increasing number of pre-built PL/SQL programs). But Learning Oracle PL/SQL offers the signposts and guidance you need to come up to speed on the language, delivered in a manageable number of pages while covering all the essentials. Topics include:

  • PL/SQL--what is it, and why use it? Why use PL/SQL instead of Java?

  • Syntax and examples of all core language constructs

  • Creating, using, and reusing stored procedures, functions, and packages

  • Building web-based applications using PL/SQL features available "out of the box" (such as PL/SQL Server Pages)

  • Securing PL/SQL programs against attack

  • Benefits of third-party developer tools and integrated development environments

  • Connecting PL/SQL to email, Java, and the Internet

Meticulously crafted with all-new examples downloadable from examples.oreilly.com/learnoracle, the book addresses language features available in all versions of Oracle, from Oracle7 to Oracle8i to Oracle9i. Learning Oracle PL/SQL was written by PL/SQL experts Bill Pribyl and Steven Feuerstein, whose easy-to-read style and attention to detail has made other O'Reilly books (such as the bestselling Oracle PL/SQL Programming) very popular among Oracle developers worldwide. Learning Oracle PL/SQL is meant for a wide range of target audiences, including both beginning programmers and those already experienced with other programming languages. Whether you are a new developer, a crossover programmer from another database system, or a new database administrator who needs to learn PL/SQL, this book will get you well on your way. It is the perfect introduction to Oracle PL/SQL Programming, also by Pribyl and Feuerstein.

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Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dedication
  3. Preface
    1. Is This Book for You?
    2. Other Books in This Series
    3. Why This Book?
    4. Which Oracle and PL/SQL Versions?
    5. Organization of This Book
    6. Conventions Used in This Book
    7. Comments and Questions
    8. Acknowledgments
  4. PL/SQL: What, When, and Where
    1. What Is PL/SQL?
    2. Why Use PL/SQL?
    3. What You Need to Get Started with PL/SQL
  5. Fundamentals
    1. PL/Lingo
    2. Running Your First PL/SQL Program
    3. Introduction to Program Structure
    4. Variables
    5. Common Operators
    6. Conditional Logic
    7. Executing in Circles: Loop Statements
    8. Code Formatting: Requirements and Guidelines
    9. Some Advanced Fundamentals
  6. Let's Code!
    1. Some Background on the Example
    2. A First Programming Exercise
    3. Retrieving a Book Count with a Function
    4. Make Your Code Resilient
    5. Using PL/SQL Packages to Organize Code
    6. Going to the Next Level
    7. Now What?
  7. Go Web, Young Man
    1. Introduction to HTML
    2. Using PL/SQL to Create Web Pages
    3. What Else?
  8. Fetch!
    1. What's the Big Deal?
    2. A Simple-Minded Approach to Retrieving One Row
    3. Retrieving More than One Row Using a Cursor
    4. Presenting Query Results via a Web Page
    5. Building a Web-Based Search Page Using Dynamic SQL
    6. Advanced Data Retrieval Topics
  9. Keeping House
    1. Organize Your Code
    2. Use Tools to Write Code Effectively
  10. Security: Keep the Bad Guys Out
    1. Oracle Security Primer
    2. Organizing Accounts to Improve Security
    3. Analyzing the Library System's Requirements
    4. Keeping a Trail of Database Changes
    5. Special Security Topics for PL/SQL Developers
  11. Communicating with the Outside World
    1. Sending Internet Email from PL/SQL
    2. Using the Mail Sender in the Library System
    3. Receiving Email Inside the Database
    4. Fetching Data from a Remote Web Site
    5. Integration with Other Languages
  12. Intermediate Topics and Other Diversions
    1. Riding the Software Lifecycle
    2. Lists o' Stuff (Collections) in PL/SQL
    3. Exception-Handling Packages
    4. Transaction Control
    5. The PL/SQL Compiler
    6. Managing Patron and Librarian Privileges
    7. Still More PL/SQL Features
  13. Afterword: "Making Good" of Database Programming
    1. The Evidence
    2. The Problem
    3. Answering the Objections
    4. What to Do
  14. Glossary
  15. Colophon
  16. Index

Product information

  • Title: Learning Oracle PL/SQL
  • Author(s): Bill Pribyl, Steven Feuerstein
  • Release date: November 2001
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9780596001803