Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Fundamentals to Advanced

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Oracle PL/SQL Programming: Fundamentals to Advanced LiveLessons begins with a fundamentals module that covers the basics of Oracle's language extension for SQL and the Oracle relational database. The focus is to give students with a working knowledge of SQL the ability to develop Oracle procedures, functions, and packages using the PL/SQL language.

The advanced module teaches developers with PL/SQL experience the new and advanced features of the PL/SQL language along with performance tuning techniques.


In the fundamentals module, Oracle ACE Director Dan Hotka teaches developers how to work with existing code and create new programs. Along the way, students will learn both conditional and looping syntax and techniques, error handling and error processing, plus how to work with script files, procedures, functions and packages (a collection of procedures and functions).

In the advanced module, Dan demonstrations how to take advantage of better options for performance, gain knowledge about the newer features of the language, as well as actually work with these same features in hands-on lab exercises. The students will learn the latest features of PL/SQL collections, triggers, and a variety of compiler features such as conditional compilation, result_cache/deterministic features for functions, autonomous transactions, optimizing compiler features, and more. Dan covers additional exception processing useful for collections. The advanced lessons include useful extensions to the error processing part with a clever use of database triggers. This advanced lessons also covers a variety of PL/SQL performance tips and the tuning and debugging tools for the PL/SQL programming environment.

This LiveLessons course contains hands-on lab exercises throughout, and three common tools are used for demonstration, including SQL*Plus, Toad, and SQL*Developer. Students can use the Oracle PL/SQL development tool of their choice to do the hands-on labs with these lessons. All examples work with Oracle10, Oracle11, and Oracle12 databases, but the concepts and most of the tips apply to any Oracle database.

Instructor Resources

Download the source code repository for the PL/SQL Fundamentals LiveLesson from

Download the source code repository for the Advanced PL/SQL LiveLesson from

About the Instructor

Dan Hotka is a training specialist and an Oracle ACE director who has more than 37 years in the computer industry and more than 31 years of experience with Oracle products. His experience with the Oracle RDBMS dates back to the Oracle V4.0 days. Dan enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Oracle RDBMS. Dan is well published with 12 Oracle books and well over 200 published articles. He is also the video author for Oracle SQL LiveLessons and Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers LiveLessons. He is frequently published in Oracle trade journals, regularly blogs, and speaks at Oracle conferences and user groups around the world. Visit his website at

Skill Level

  • Beginner for the fundamentals module
  • Intermediate for the advanced module

Learn How To

Fundamentals module:

  • Use the PL/SQL programming language
  • Understand both conditional and looping syntax and techniques
  • Understand error handling and error processing
  • Work with script files, procedures, functions and packages (a collection of procedures and functions)
  • Use two useful tools: PL/SQL debugger and the PL/SQL profiler
  • Understand additional PL/SQL performance tips

Advanced module:

  • Learn and review the newer and more advanced features of PL/SQL
  • Utilize the advanced compiler features of PL/SQL
  • Use the available database trigger code, complete with advanced topics and with useful real-life examples
  • Understand advanced error handling and error processing
  • Work with collections, the gas pedal for row processing
  • Use dynamic SQL and prevent SQL injection attacks
  • Understand useful PL/SQL tools: PL/SQL Debugger and the PL/SQL profilers
  • Understand PL/SQL performance tips, including PL/SQL table functions

Who Should Take This Course

  • Oracle programmers
  • Project Managers who need to know more about PL/SQL
  • Business Analysts who need to know more about PL/SQL
  • For the advanced module, Oracle programmers who have not attended PL/SQL training in a while (this course could easily be named "New Features for PL/SQL Developers”)

Course Requirements

  • Working knowledge of the SQL query language
  • For the advanced module, working knowledge of PL/SQL programming fundamentals
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