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Raw Beginner Oracle SQL and PL/SQL

A three day intensive Overview

© 2009 by Burleson Consulting


This course is taught at your Company site with up to 20 students. 

Click here for on-site course prices

Optional supplemental mentoring


Key Features

* Learn the Oracle architecture in plain English.

* Write sophisticated reports in SQL*Plus.

* Learn how to join tables

* Learn PL/SQL structures.

* Understand PL/SQL logic


Course Description

Introduction to SQL and PL/SQL is an intensive three day course that is designed to give the student maximum exposure to Oracle SQL and PL/SQL.  The student learns by doing, and this class has dozens of in-class exercises and the student will be guided from very simple SQL commands to increasingly complex PL/SQL coding techniques.

This course is designed for raw beginners and end users and required no previous exposure. 

The topics start with the basics of SQL and progress into increasingly complex queries, including table joins, subqueries and creating Oracle views.  The PL/SQL section begins with simple concepts and the student gradually masters PL/SQL through increasingly challenging classroom exercises.

Book Required

  Easy Oracle SQL

John Garmany

ISBN 0-9727513-7-8
  Easy Oracle PL/SQL Programming:

John Garmany

ISBN 0-9759135-7-3


This course is designed for end users and beginning Oracle professionals who have no experience with SQL and the use of a relational database.

Curriculum Design

By the end of this course the student will be able to create reports using SQL*Plus and formulate advanced SQL queries including correlated subqueries and outer joins.  The student will also learn basic Oracle PL/SQL and learn the basic language constructs.


Introduction to Oracle SQL and PL/SQL for end users and beginners


© 2009 by Burleson Consulting

Day 1:  Getting Started:


1 - Intro to class

·         Class goals

·         Introduction to topics

2 – Introduction to Oracle database management

·         Introduction to relational database

·         Oracle product suite

·         Oracle terminology

3 –Oracle schema concepts

·         Understanding data relationships

·         Entity relation modeling

·         Primary and foreign keys

·         Schema diagrams

4 – Connecting to Oracle SQL*Plus

·         Running SQL statements

·         Entering SQL*Plus

·         Schema navigation with user tables

·         Describing tables

5 - Review of SQL*Plus Commands

·         Adjusting line output

·         Column wrapping

·         Creating breaks and summaries

·         Creating dynamic SQL for reports

·         Adding prompts to queries

6 – Running basic queries

·         Selecting from tables

·         Spooling report output


DAY 2 Writing SQL & Making Reports:


1 - Introduction to SQL constructs

·         Review of Basic SQL statements
Select, Project, Join
Describing Oracle tables
Restricting row returns

2 - Making basic reports in SQL*Plus 

·         Creating basic reports
Using the set commands
Column wrapping
Creating breaks and summaries
Adding prompts to queries

3 - Joining Oracle tables

·         Equi-join
Outer join
Hiding joins by creating views
Correlated subquery
Non-correlated subqueries

4 - Advanced SQL operators

·         Between operator
IN and NOT In operators
EXISTS clause
Using wildcards in queries (LIKE operator)

5 - Aggregation in SQL
·         Count(*)
·         Sum
·         Avg
·         Min and max
·         Using the group by clause

6 - SQL access methods
·         Review of Basic joining methods
·         Merge join
·         Hash Join
·         Nested Loop join
·         Advanced SQL operators
·         Between operator


Day 3: Writing programs in PL/SQL


1 - Basics of PL/SQL

·         PL/SQL architecture
PL/SQL and SQL*Plus
PL/SQL Basics, Variables, Constants, data types & error handling
PL/SQL wrapper utility

2 - PL/SQL structures 

·         Simple blocks
Control structures
PL/SQL records
Recognizing the Basic PL/SQL Block and Its Sections
Describing the Significance of Variables in PL/SQL
Distinguishing Between PL/SQL and Non-PL/SQL Variables
Declaring Variables and Constants
Executing a PL/SQL Block

3 - Error checking – exception handling

·         Defining exceptions
Using the when others clause
Ensuring complete error checking
Passing error messages to calling routine

4 - Boolean logic in PL/SQL

·         Identifying the Uses and Types of Control Structures
Constructing an IF Statement
Constructing and Identifying Different Loop Statements
Controlling Block Flow Using Nested Loops and Labels
Using Logic Tables
If-then-else structure
Testing for numbers characters and Booleans

5 - Cursors in PL/SQL

·         Cursor basics
Using a cursor for a multi-row SQL query

6 - Iteration in PL/SQL

·         For loop
While loop


Please note that while the knowledge gained from this Oracle training may be valuable when preparing for Oracle certification exams, the content of this course is not for Oracle Certification, including the Certified Professional (OCP) or Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) programs.

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