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PL/SQL Feed

Oracle PL/SQL (Procedural Language/Structured Query Language) resources, news, and support articles.

Bill Cosby the Mathematician

Leafing my way through the Chicago Reader, I came across this ad:

It took me a moment to sort it out. Can you?

New Roundtable discussion: What's missing from PL/SQL?

PL/SQL has been around for over twenty years. It has been enhanced steadily and strongly throughout all that time, adding bulk processing, object types, automatic optimization, PL/Scope and so much more. So the question is: is PL/SQL fully baked? What is it missing that you need in order to write better code faster?
Give us your thoughts on the PL/SQL Challenge Roundtable.

Toad Freeware Page

While I posted how to install Toad for MySQL Freeware five years ago, I’m always surprised how few people know about it there and consistently updated and improved. You can download Toad for MySQL Freeware or Toad Freeware for Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, or IBM DB2 at this web site.

Strange moving filter predicates from index to table

It seems strange to me:
When all needed columns are in the index, filter predicates are expectedly applied to the index

AU/X, NeXTSTEP, and Mac OS X

One thing that gets tedious in the IT community and Oracle community is the penchant for Windows only solutions. While Microsoft does an excellent job in certain domains, I remain a loyal Apple customer. By the way, you can install Oracle Client software on Mac OS X and run SQL Developer against any Oracle Database server.

Another quiz idea for your consideration: Code Pong

Thanks for all your feedback on the PL/SQL Countdown quiz. I am certain we will add that to the mix soon.

And since I have decided to no longer keep all my best ideas to myself ( :-) ), I offer another idea for a "quiz", though it is not really a quiz, I suppose. More of a "game"?

I call it Code Pong (some of you may know of the classic Pong game). Here's how it would work:

Best UTL_FILE Practice

In a post a couple days ago, I promised to provide a best practice approach to reading external files with the UTL_FILE package. My first assumption is that you’re reading unstructured data because structured data is best read by external tables because external tables can read data much faster with the PARALLEL option.

Using UTL_FILE

Sometimes I’m surprised. Today, the surprise came when somebody pointed to an error in another author’s book. The person who asked the question had to send me a screen shot before I believed it.

The author’s code encounters the following error because the code was designed to loop through a multiple line file, and the code called the UTL_FILE.FOPEN procedure with three instead of four parameters:

Take a Survey on Database Design Quizzes

Chris Saxon, who is the "domain admin" for the Database Design and author of many of the weekly quizzes, would love to get feedback from our players on these quizzes. He's been doing them now for six months and figures it's time to check in with all of you.

So he's used Google Forms to set up a quick, anonymous survey:

In Defense of Joins – Recap

Over the past few articles we’ve looked at database joins. It started out with me noticing that joins appear to be getting bad press recently and wondering whether they really are the root of all evil that some people seem to think they are.

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