Oracle PL/SQL in 10 Minutes, Sams Teach Yourself

Ben Forta  
Sams Publishing
Total pages
September 2015
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Sams Teach Yourself Oracle PL/SQL in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through the book’s 26 lessons of 10 minutes or less, you’ll learn what you need to know to take advantage of Oracle’s PL/SQL language.

This handy pocket guide starts with simple data retrieval and moves on to more complex topics, including the use of joins, subqueries, regular expression and full text-based searches, stored procedures, cursors, triggers, table constraints, and much more.

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to...

  • Use PL/SQL in the Oracle environments and tools
  • Construct complex PL/SQL statements using multiple clauses and operators
  • Retrieve, sort, and format database contents
  • Pinpoint the data you need using a variety of filtering techniques
  • Use string, date-time, and math functions to manipulate your data
  • Join two or more related tables
  • Insert, update, and delete data
  • Create and alter database tables
  • Work with views, stored procedures, cursors, triggers, and more


  • Teaches everything students need to know to take advantage of Oracle's PL/SQL language
  • Offers straightforward, highly-focused, ten-minute lessons to make readers immediately and effortlessly productive in PL/SQL
  • Covers Oracle DBMS versions 10, 11, 12, and XE (Express Edition) on all platforms, with differences clearly noted

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Understanding SQL  
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started with Oracle and PL/SQL 
  • Chapter 3: Working with Oracle  
  • Chapter 4: Retrieving Data
  • Chapter 5: Sorting Retrieved Data  
  • Chapter 6: Filtering Data 
  • Chapter 7: Advanced Data Filtering  
  • Chapter 8: Using Wildcard Filtering 
  • Chapter 9: Searching Using Regular Expressions
  • Chapter 10: Creating Calculated Fields
  • Chapter 11: Using Data Manipulation Functions
  • Chapter 12: Summarizing Data
  • Chapter 13: Grouping Data
  • Chapter 14: Working with Subqueries
  • Chapter 15: Joining Tables
  • Chapter 16: Creating Advanced Joins
  • Chapter 17: Combining Queries
  • Chapter 18: Inserting Data
  • Chapter 19: Updating and Deleting Data
  • Chapter 20: Creating and Manipulating Tables
  • Chapter 21: Using Views
  • Chapter 22: Working with Stored Procedures 
  • Chapter 23: Using Cursors
  • Chapter 24: Using Triggers
  • Chapter 25: Managing Transaction Processing
  • Chapter 26: Managing Security
  • Appendix A: The Example Tables  
  • Appendix B: Oracle PL/SQL Datatypes
  • Appendix C: Oracle PL/SQL Reserved Words and Keywords
  • Index

Back Cover

PL/SQL is Oracles proprietary variant of the industry standard Structured Query Language (SQL.) In order to effectively develop or maintain - or even use - an Oracle database you need to have a good working knowledge of PL/SQL. Many of the current PL/SQL titles are overkill for those who need to use PL/SQL but have no intention of becoming professional DBAs. This book teaches you what you really need to know, without getting bogged down by what you don't. Sams Teach Yourself Oracle PL/SQL in 10 Minutes is a tutorial-based book, organized into a series of short, easy-to-follow lessons. Instead of dwelling on database theory and relational design, this book takes a very hands-on approach to solving the needs of the majority of SQL users who simply need to interact with data. It uses the format of the author's bestselling  Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes =, which has proven to be highly effective and popular.



Ben Forta has three decades of experience in the computer industry in product design and development, support, training, and marketing. As Adobe Inc.’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives, he spends a considerable amount of time teaching, talking, and writing about Adobe products, coding and application development, creativity, and digital literacy and provides feedback to help shape the future direction of Adobe products.


Ben is the author of more than 40 books, including the world’s bestselling title on SQL, as well as titles on topics as diverse as Regular Expressions, mobile development, and Adobe ColdFusion. More than 750,000 copies of his books are in print in English, and titles have been translated into fifteen languages. Many of these titles are used as textbooks in colleges and universities worldwide.


Education is Ben’s passion. Between writing, lecturing, and in-classroom experience, Ben has dedicated his professional and personal lives to teaching, inspiring, and sharing his love for technology and creativity. He is immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to share with millions worldwide.


Ben is also a successful entrepreneur with experience creating, building, and selling start-ups. He is a sought-after public speaker, a writer, and a blogger, and he presents on education and development topics worldwide.