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Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 5th Edition by Bill Pribyl, Steven Feuerstein

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Chapter 11. Records

A record is a composite data structure, which means that it is composed of more than one element or component, each with its own value. Records in PL/SQL programs are very similar in concept and structure to the rows of a database table. The record as a whole does not have a value of its own; instead, each individual component or field has a value, and the record gives you a way to store and access these values as a group. Records can greatly simplify your life as a programmer, allowing you to write and fmanage your code more efficiently by shifting from field-level declarations and manipulation to record-level operations.

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