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

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Chapter 2Using SQL*Plus and JDeveloper

Knowing how to develop and run PL/SQL doesn't do much good unless you have a place to run it. Oracle provides GUI and command-line utilities to create and debug PL/SQL code, and then run and maintain it.

In this chapter we discuss PL/SQL execution and development using SQL*Plus and JDeveloper. SQL*Plus, the most widely used utility shipped with the data server, provides an interface to the database that is flexible and always available. JDeveloper, once strictly a Java development tool, now includes features for managing database objects and developing PL/SQL.

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