Beginning Oracle SQL

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Beginning Oracle SQL is your introduction to the interactive query tools and specific dialect of SQL used with Oracle Database. The book is a revision of the classic Mastering Oracle SQL and SQL*Plus by Lex de Haan, and has been updated to cover developments in Oracle’s version of the SQL query language. Written in an easygoing and example-based style, Beginning Oracle SQL is the book that will get you started down the path to successfully writing SQL statements and getting results from Oracle database.

  • Takes an example-based approach, with clear and authoritative explanations
  • Introduces both SQL and the query tools used to execute SQL statements
  • Shows how to create tables, populate them with data, and then query that data to generate business results
What you’ll learn
  • How to create database tables and define their relationships
  • How to add data to your tables, then change and delete that data
  • How to write database queries that generate accurate results
  • How to avoid common traps and pitfalls in writing SQL queries
  • How to take advantage of advanced Oracle SQL features such as support for hierarchical queries, analytic and window functions, flashback to a given point in time, and more
  • How to get a handle on Oracle database’s support for object types in the database
Who this book is for

This book is aimed at developers and database administrators who must write SQL statements to execute against an Oracle database. No prior knowledge of SQL is assumed.

Table of Contents
  1. Relational Database Systems and Oracle
  2. Introduction to SQL, AQL*Plus, and SQL Developer
  3. Data Definition, Part I
  4. Retrieval: The Basics
  5. Retrieval: Functions
  6. Data Manipulation
  7. Data Definition, Part II
  8. Retrieval: Multiple Tables and Aggregation
  9. Retrieval: Some Advanced Features
  11. Writing and Automating SQL*Plus Scripts
  12. Object-Relational Features

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About the author (2009)

Lex de Haan studied applied mathematics at the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands. His experience with Oracle goes back to the mid-1980s, version 4. He worked for Oracle Corporation from 1990 to 2004 in various education-related roles, ending up in Server Technologies (product development) as senior curriculum manager for the advanced database administration curriculum. In that role, he was involved in the development of Oracle9i and Oracle Database 10g. In March 2004, he decided to go independent and founded Natural Join B.V. ( From 1999 until his passing in 2006, he was involved in the ISO SQL language standardization process, as a member of the Dutch national body. He was also one of the founding members of the OakTable network (