Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices: Optimizing Oracle Code

Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices: Optimizing Oracle Code

by StevenFeuerstein (Author), Deborah Russell (Author)


In this book, Steven Feuerstein, widely recognized as one of the world's experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language, distills his many years of programming, writing, and teaching about PL/SQL into a set of PL/SQL language best practices - rules for writing code that is readable, maintainable, and efficient. Too often, developers focus on simply writing programs that run without errors - and ignore the impact of poorly written code upon both system performance and their ability (and their colleagues' ability) to maintain that code over time. Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices is a concise reference to Feuerstein's recommendations for excellent PL/SQL coding. It answers the kinds of questions PL/SQL developers most frequently ask about their code: how should I format my code?; what naming conventions, if any, should I use?; how can I write my packages so they can be more easily maintained?; what is the most efficient way to query information from the database?; and how can I get all the developers on my team to handle errors the same way? The book contains nearly 200 best practices, divided by topic area. It provides advice on the program development process, coding style, writing SQL in PL/SQL, data structures, control structures, exception handling, program and package construction, and built-in packages. It also contains a handy, pull-out quick reference card. As a helpful supplement to the text, code examples demonstrating each of the best practices are available on the O'Reilly Web site.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Edition: 1
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 09 Apr 2001

ISBN 10: 0596001215
ISBN 13: 9780596001216

Media Reviews
'...(the book) is a good length for a computer book ... 182 pages. Too many computer books these days have many pages and little value. ...So don't buy a copy of this book; instead, buy 12 and make everybody on your team read it - only that way will you get the full benefit of the best practice.' - James Youngman, new@UK, December 2001
Author Bio
Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language. He is the author or coauthor of Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 2nd Edition, Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Guide to Oracle8i Features, Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Workbook, Oracle Builtin Packages, Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages, and several pocket reference books (all from O'Reilly & Associates). Steven is a Senior Technology Advisor with Quest Software, has been developing software since 1980, and worked for Oracle Corporation from 1987 to 1992. Steven hosts the PL/SQL Pipeline, an online community for PL/SQL developers and contributes to RevealNet's Active PL/SQL Knowledge Base. He offers training and consulting on software development and the Oracle PL/SQL language through PL/Solutions. In matters pertaining to humanity rather than programming, Steven currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Crossroads Fund, which makes grants to Chicagoland organizations working for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice. He is also active in Not In My Name, a gathering of Jews who seek a lasting and just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. You can reach Steven at