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Oracle Database 10g PL/SQL Programming by Michael McLaughlin, Ron Hardman, Scott Urman

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Chapter 1Introduction to PL/SQL

We've seen some really well-written code make some really lousy applications. Look at some of the beautifully written viruses that are out there, or some of the now-defunct software companies that turned out flashy but useless applications! Programming is more than just syntax. It is a profession where knowledge can be combined with ingenuity, communication, attitude, and discipline to build a successful career and world-class applications.

Throughout this book, we focus on more than syntax and rules. We answer the "Why would I use that?" question we all ask when shown new capabilities. Our discussions go beyond the fact that Oracle can do something. We show how and why it does it.

In this first chapter we set ...

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