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Steven Feuerstein
Developer Advocate for PL/SQL

Steven Feuerstein is Oracle Corporation's Developer Advocate for PL/SQL, and an expert on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on PL/SQL, including Oracle PL/SQL Programming and Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices (all published by O'Reilly Media). Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle back in the "old days" (1987-1992), and was PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software (and then Dell) from January 2001 to February 2014 - at which point he returned joyfully to Oracle Corporation. He was one of the original Oracle ACE Directors and writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. He is also the first recipient of ODTUG's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009).

Picking Your Packages

  Know when—and when not—to package your PL/SQL. By Steven Feuerstein May/June 2005   The Oracle PL/SQL language is a joy to use; it is a straightforward and...

Tracing Lines

Find and report your errors—by line number—in Oracle Database 10g. By Steven Feuerstein March/April 2005 PL/SQL offers a powerful and flexible exception...

Refactoring for PL/SQL Developers

  Go beyond identifying best PL/SQL practices to create better code. By Steven Feuerstein January/February 2005   What is Refactoring? Most PL/SQL developers stay...

Better to Best NDS

  Best-practice tips for using Native Dynamic SQL in Oracle Database 10g By Steven Feuerstein November/December 2004   In recent years, dynamic SQL has become a much...

Controlling Mythological Code

  Explode and decode the myths in your code. By Steven Feuerstein September/October 2004   Don't use the XYZ feature; there was a problem back in version...

The Beauty Is in the Details

  Pay attention to the details in conditions, loops, and declarations, and create better code. By Steven Feuerstein July/August 2004   Some of my past articles in...

Self-Managing PL/SQL

  Follow self-managing databases with self-managing PL/SQL. By Steven Feuerstein May/June 2004   Oracle has introduced significant management automation features in...

Cleaning Up PL/SQL Practices

  Prioritize and apply PL/SQL best practices to polish applications both new and old. By Steven Feuerstein March/April 2004   It is not hard to come up with a list...

Oracle 10g Adds More to FORALL

  FORALL begins, BULK COLLECT builds, and VALUES OF excels. By Steven Feuerstein January/February 2004   In my second article on PL/SQL enhancements in Oracle...