Advanced Oracle PL/Sql: Programming With Packages

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Steven Feuerstein’s first book, Oracle PL/SQL Programming, has become the classic reference to PL/SQL, Oracle’s procedural extension to its SQL language. His new book looks thoroughly at one especially advanced and powerful part of the PL/SQL language — the package. The use of packages can dramatically improve your programming productivity and code quality, while preparing you for object-oriented development in Oracle technology. In this book, Feuerstein explains how to construct packages — and how to build them the right way. His “best practices” for building packages will transform the way you write packages and help you get the most out of the powerful, but often poorly understood, PL/SQL language. Much more than a book, Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages comes with a PC diskette containing a full-use software companion. Developed by Feuerstein, RevealNet’s PL/Vision Lite is the first of its kind for PL/SQL developers: . . . More >>

Advanced Oracle Pl/Sql: Programming With Packages

5 thoughts on “Advanced Oracle PL/Sql: Programming With Packages”

  1. As my title suggests, I was disappointed in seeing that 85-90% of the book was about the author’s product (3rd party library of PL/SQL packages). So if you have not purchased the software, book is not useful. Only the first 3 chapters are about packages, the rest about PL/Vision.

    I am a HUGE fan of Steve Feuerstein’s books, but this one was a disappointment. If he takes those chapters out then it would’ve been 5 stars, but I can only give him 2. Sorry Steve.

    Gio
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Steven Feuerstein’s first book, Oracle PL/SQL Programming, has become the classic reference to PL/SQL. This one looks thoroughly at one especially advanced and powerful part of the PL/SQL language — the package but it will not become a classic reference, instead some people might think it was a marketing ploy :-), as it is structured around a set of packages called PL/Vision. . . But all in all, Steve presents a nice organized approach for an application (development) environment. . . so it will be a keeper
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Being a Feuerstein ‘fan’ I bought this book hoping to learn a lot more about PL/SQL. I did learn from it, but not a lot. For those familiar with ‘Oracle PL/SQL’ and ‘Oracle Built-in Packages’ from the same author (both of which I highly recommend) Advanced Oracle PL/SQL is just not worth buying.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. The book is structured around a set of packages called PL/Vision. Eighty percent of the book is devoted to describing how to use PL/Vision and what it can do. PL/Vision is a useful set of tools; the P package in particular will be useful to any developer, though most will have already written something similar (though maybe not so fancy) for themselves. P is a packaged version of the dbms_output routines, and allows formatted output, debug output and other similar facilities.

    However, the book is not really a reference for Oracle packages. Most of what you need as a reference can be found in Feuerstein’s “Oracle PL/SQL Programming”, which I recommend. This book is more to give you an idea of what you can do with packages. I found it interesting, but I rarely refer to it–the other Feuerstein book is so comprehensive it covers almost all my questions.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. I like this book but it could have been better if it dealt with PL/Vision alot less and about Oracle Package construction in general alot more. The book is more of a 30-70% split in favor of PL/Vision. It was very helpful, but it seemed like an ad for the writer’s software at times.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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