Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide

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Packt Publishing, Limited, 2012 - Computers - 440 pages
PL/SQL (Procedural Language/Structured Query Language) is Oracle Corporation's procedural extension language for SQL and the Oracle relational database. Server-side PL/SQL is stored and compiled in the Oracle Database and runs within the Oracle executable. With this guide Oracle developers can work towards accomplishing Oracle 11g Advanced PL/SQL Professional certification, which is the second milestone for developers working at the Associate level.

The Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide helps you master advanced PL/SQL concepts. Besides the clear and precise explanation on advanced topics, it also contains example code and demonstrations, which gives a sense of application and usage to readers.

The book gives a deep insight that will help transform readers from mid-level programmers to professional database developers. It aims to cover the advanced features of PL/SQL for designing and optimizing PL/SQL code.

This book starts with an overview of PL/SQL as the programming database language and outlines the benefits and characteristics of the language. The book then covers the advanced features that include PL/SQL code writing using collections, tuning recommendations using result caching, implementing VPD to enforce row level security, and much more. Apart from programming, the book also dives deep into the usage of the development tool SQL Developer, employing best practices in database environments and safeguarding the vulnerable areas in PL/SQL code to avoid code injection.

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The book by Saurabh K. Gupta is one of the best study material to prepare for 1Z0-146 certification. It covers the certification topics quite well. The book explains the new feature of oracle 11g pl/sql with lot of examples and demonstrations. The advanced features which initially appeared to be complex were the matter of reading and understanding. Chapters on caching, tuning, profiling, securefiles, external programs and vpd are well shown. Practice exercises did well to refresh at the end of each chapters. There are certain instances where the explanation is bit hazy, but overall its a wonderful product to follow. Worth buying and surely to be recommended in the community - especially for db developers must watch out this one.

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About the author (2012)

Since the time Saurabh Gupta was introduced to Oracle database by chance and not by choice, he has been synchronizing his on job and off job interests with Oracle database programming. As an Oracle 11g Certified Advanced PL/SQL Professional, he soon moved from programming to database designing, development, and administration. During the phase when he specialized in database modelling, development and tuning, he was an active Oracle blogger and OTN forum member. To date, he has authored more than 70 online articles and papers. His works can be noted at RMOUG SQL> Update journal, PSOUG (, DBANOTES (, EXFORSYS (, and CLUB-ORACLE ( He shares his technical encounters in Oracle technologies on his own blogging venture He is an AIOUG (All India Oracle Users Group) member and loves to participate in technical meets and conferences. Besides digging into Oracle, sketching and snooker are other past times for him. One can reach him through his blog SbhOracle for any comments, suggestions or feedback regarding this book.

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