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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565926757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565926752
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,864,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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O'Reilly Books are an essential part of the library of any developer or system administrator. One of their many series, all with bright orange spines, is devoted to the tools and technologies used to develop Oracle applications. The latest release of Oracle's database, 8i, has a truckload of new features, and this book is here to help you learn how to use them.

You'll need to be a proficient PL/SQL programmer to get the best out of this book. It's intended as a companion for the much larger Oracle PL/SQL Programming, and so don't buy this if you're after an introduction to developing for Oracle. With it you'll learn about the new programming features introduced with Oracle 8i, including native dynamic SQL, new security features and how to use Java with PL/SQL. There are plenty of code samples, and the explanations are clear and concise. You'll find a disk at the back of the book full of sample code and examples. It's unusual to find a floppy in this day and age, but the code is all useful and well worth experimenting with. The Guide to Oracle 8i Features is for keeping on your desk, especially if you're starting to upgrade your databases from an earlier release.--Simon Bisson

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This concise and engaging guide will give you a jump start on the new PL/SQL features of Oracle8i (Oracle's revolutionary "Internet database"). It covers autonomous transactions, invoker rights, native dynamic SQL, bulk binds and collects, system-level database triggers, new built-in packages, fine-grained access control, calling Java methods from within PL/SQL, and much more. Includes a diskette containing 100 files of reusable source code and examples.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bosman on 24 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are an Oracle PL/SQL programmer working with 8i this is essential. Like all of Feuerstein's books it is remarkably easy to read, although a bit 'preachy' (sometimes politically) and some people may find this a bit offputting. Having had the book a while, I feel the most important new features covered are autonomous transactions and Native dynamic SQL (DBMS_SQL is now hardly ever needed). The book covers a lot more, but so far they are features that I haven't needed although I hope to be using information on new built-in packages soon. I'd have given five stars, but you really do need Steven Feuerstein's earlier book "Oracle PL/SQL Programming", but then if you're a PL/SQL programmer you probably already know someone with a copy.
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By Jolly Neil on 30 May 2015
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Very good and useful, but if you has access to the internet everything can be found there just as easy!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
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I would suugest this book to really good programmes or someone with already a good knowledge about PL/SQL. Still good for beginners with talent to spare and patient to give away !
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but with a mistaken political tone... 26 Dec. 1999
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have come to expect great things of Steven Feuerstein, particularly after the Oracle Supplied Packages book he wrote. I found that particular book to be a wonderful resource since I bought it.
I was therefore expecting great things of Steven when I purchased his latest work, "Guide to Oracle8i Features". The content of the book appeared to be right up my alley and indeed I was not disappointed by the range of topics he covered (though I would have preferred more Java depth as others had mentioned and a few other new 8i features that I haven't seen mentioned in detail that I would think applied to PL/SQL such as temporary tables (though he does talk about temporary LOB's) ).
What REALLY disappoints me about the book is that Steven seems to feel that he needs to use it as a platform for his political views. Constantly his political views are expressed in both the code samples he writes and the text associated with those examples. Obviously, I disagree with Steven on a great many of the points he tries to make (is this an odd attempt at being subliminal on his part?), regardless I would never attempt to do what he has done. Technical books are NOT a place for political commentary.
So, in brief, Steve has written a good text that is clouded, heavily in my opinion, with political overtones that distract from the subject at hand. I am also surprised that O'Reilly would allow their published texts to become such a platform for political activism.
Better luck next time Steve, I still have faith in your ability to write good, clean, technical text.
Robert
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Good technical content, politics are out of line 15 Feb. 2000
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mr. Feuerstein has consistently been the guru in the PL/SQL world, and nearly every developer I know carries dog-eared copies of his books. However, he has definitely overstepped the bounds of technical writing with his latest book, Guide to Oracle 8i Features. The technical content of this book is extremely complete and useful. The political commentary is uncalled for and offensive.
At first, his use of "real world" scenarios as code examples was annoying -- and eventually it became offensive. I respect Mr. Feuerstein's personal beliefs and his right to have them; however, they are wholly inappropriate in a technical book. Using pick_nato_targets (with input parameters such as "maternity_ward_ok" and "civilian_casualties") is grossly offensive, even if someone happens to share his beliefs.
The examples are distracting, and do not add anything to the text in any way. Everyone to whom I have shown this book was appalled at the examples. The technical editor in our office was horrified, and most of the other developers who have seen this book will not purchase it. None of us wish to be preached at, or be the target of condescending and offensive examples.
Please let me stress that I respect Mr. Feuerstein's opinions -- but if he wants to write political opinions, he should be using a different forum, not a PL/SQL technical reference. The political content of this book is completely unprofessional, inappropriate, and embarrassing. I expect this kind of proselytizing in the editorial page of the local paper, not in a technical reference book.
However, the technical content of the book is very good (as are all the Oracle texts from O'Reilly). I will probably continue to use it as a reference.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for PL/SQL professionals. 15 Aug. 2000
By Scott Neil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a consultant, I depend on having the right answers available when they're needed. This compilation of books gives me an easily portable collection of seven of the best PL/SQL references available. The ebooks are collections of HTML pages, readable with any browser. The included search engine allows you to search through all the books, or a single book at a time (though not a limited subset of books) for keywords or phrases. The included "Oracle PL/SQL Programming Guide to Oracle8i Features" is an excellent book in its own right, with the typical well-written, entertaining, and informative prose that Feurstein fans are enamored with. This package is an incredible value.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource For PL/SQL and Oracle Database Developers 22 Jan. 2001
By C Singh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This CD Bookshelf is an excellent resource for PL/SQL and Oracle Database Developers. It contains 7 books which offer valuable information on PL/SQL programming. The collection of books cover basic to advanced PL/SQL programming topics. Beginners and advanced PL/SQL Developers will find this a good reference to add to their library collection. The Oracle PL/SQL Programming, 2nd Edition book on the PL/SQL CD Bookshelf provides indepth information on the fundamentals of PL/SQL. For more advanced developers the Advanced Oracle PL/SQL Programming with Packages is an excellent resource. Other books on the PL/SQL CD Bookshelf are equally useful and valuable. The PL/SQL CD Bookshelf is a great resource kit to have in my collection!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More than good supplement to PL/SQL series from O'Reilly! 5 Dec. 2000
By Ales Kavsek - Published on Amazon.com
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In the preface of this book Steven announced that he is developing the third edition of his well-known book "Oracle PL/SQL Programming" that will cover Oracle8i. I hope he'll postpone this release until Oracle9i hits the market so he can cover this major release too. In the meantime I think this book is perfect supplement to PL/SQL series from O'Reilly. Even if you don't follow Steven series on PL/SQL (which I doubt if you're Oracle developer on planet Earth ;-) you'll find this book more than adequate resource for quick reference on all major Oracle8i PL/SQL features. I particularly liked chapters on invoker rights, native dynamic SQL, fine-grained access control and new trigger features. If you're not familiar with these terms then you'll be glad that you read this book! The only (minor!) deficiency that I found in this book was what Steven is calling "breath of fresh air" approach to examples that will help us engage with the technical material. Perhaps I could better relate to the examples about USA health care, gun lobby or fairness of wage structures if I ever lived in the states. Steven, if you're reading this please go back to old boring emp/dept examples or pick somehow less distract full examples.
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