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Helping Oracle Programmers Keep Sight of the Sheer Joy of Programming: O'Reilly Releases Three New Oracle Books

October 24, 2007

Sebastopol, CA-- Learning how to write code in Oracle PL/SQL can be a challenge; learning how to write code well is another battle altogether, and this is the battle that author Steven Feuerstein has taken on. According to Feuerstein, the Oracle PL/SQL community is rather mature; learning how to code is not the issue. "While there are new programmers coming to PL/SQL all the time, many others have a solid grasp of the features and syntax," he observes. "They are now ready and hungry for ideas on how to improve the quality, performance and maintainability of their code."

Feuerstein, who is widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL programming language, sets forth a fresh set of recommendations for best practices in his newly updated book for the Oracle programming community. His goal with the second edition of Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (O'Reilly, US $29.99) is to help readers see their code with "new eyes" so they'll be able to more easily identify opportunities for improvement, be more aware of pitfalls, and come away with a clearer sense of how to proceed to improve code quality.

Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices, Second Edition
One of three new releases for the Oracle community, Feuerstein's book has been thoroughly updated for Oracle 11g and revamped to ensure that programmers are well versed in today's PL/SQL best practices and, perhaps more important, as Feuerstein says, that "they don't lose sight of the sheer joy of programming."
By Steven Feuerstein
ISBN: 0-596-51410-7, 292 pages, $29.99 USD

Oracle PL/SQL Language Pocket Reference, Fourth Edition This popular pocket reference serves as a handy guide to Oracle's PL/SQL language, including the newest Oracle Database 11g features. It's a companion to Steven Feuerstein and Bill Pribyl's bestselling Oracle PL/SQL Programming. This compact book boils down the most vital PL/SQL information into an accessible summary of fundamental language elements, statements for program control, calling PL/SQL functions in SQL, and much more.
By Steven Feuerstein, Bill Pribyl, Chip Dawes
ISBN: 0-596-51404-2, 178 pages, $14.99 USD

"Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 11g," Fourth Edition
For those who have eagerly anticipated the release of Oracle 11g or awaited it with dread, authors Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, and Jonathan Stern have drilled down to the essential information about this important new version and presented it in the latest edition of their bestselling Oracle Essentials (O'Reilly, US $39.99). The book provides an enormous amount of information in a compact, easy-to-read volume filled with focused text, illustrations, and helpful hints. In addition to covering the key points of installing, using, and getting the most from an Oracle database, the book dives into the latest Oracle Database 11g features: query result set caching, Automatic Memory Management, Real Application Testing, Advanced Compression, Total Recall, Active Data Guard Option Options, as well as changes to earlier features. It's the one reference Oracle users will turn to again and again.
By Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, and Jonathan Stern
ISBN: 0-596-51454-9, 352 pages, $39.99 USD

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