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Oracle by Elena Silvestrova Rakhimov, Benjamin Rosenzweig

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Chapter 2 General Programming Language Fundamentals

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

In this chapter, you will learn about

• PL/SQL programming fundamentals

In the Introduction and Chapter 1, “PL/SQL Concepts,” you learned about the difference between machine language and a programming language. You have also learned how PL/SQL is different from SQL and about the PL/SQL basic block structure. This is similar to learning the history behind a foreign language and in what context it is used. To use the PL/SQL language, you have to learn the keywords, what they mean, and when and how to use them. First, you will encounter the different types of keywords and then their full syntax. Then you will expand on simple block structure with an exploration of scope and ...

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