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Oracle for Absolute Beginners: Date, Timestamp and Interval

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All databases stand on a tripod of datatypes: strings, numbers and dates. And though they might dress them in fancy clothing – varchar2, clob, float, integer – strings are really just strings, and numbers are really just numbers. But dates — dates are interesting. In this article I’ll talk to you about dates, about time, and about how both ar… Read more

Oracle for Absolute Beginners: Part 6 – Procedures and Functions

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A wise man once said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. If that is the case then no one’s saner than a computer programmer*, because programming is executing the same code over and over again and expecting the same results. We’ve already talked about bundling up statements in anonymous PL/SQL blocks; now… Read more

Oracle for Absolute Beginners: Part 5 – PL/SQL

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A wise man* once said, all software programming is about hoops and loops. You take some variables, give them hoops to jump through and, depending on their success or failure, you give them some actions to loop through a number of times. Might sound basic, but that’s what all software code – from Angry Birds to the space shuttle –… Read more

Oracle for Absolute Beginners: Part 2 – SQL

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A wise man* once said, no one’s ever learned how to cook just by reading recipes. And so, since we painted in the background in Part 1, we are now going to roll up our sleeves and dive in. By the end of this article you will be reading and writing SQL, the lingua franca of databases. [* that wis… Read more

Oracle for Absolute Beginners: Part 1 – Databases

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A wise man* once said, an expert is someone who uses big words and acronyms where simple phrases would do just as nicely. So stand back and listen to this: Database, Relational Database, DBMS, RDBMS, SQL, Sub-queries, normalisation. [* that wise man was me.] So now that I’ve established my credentials by bamboozling you with arcane words and capital letters,… Read more