I, Steven Feuerstein, am obsessed with the PL/SQL language. How else to explain my life since 1994: ten books written about the Oracle PL/SQL language, visits to some 20 countries to train developers on how best to utilize PL/SQL, winner of the coveted Oracle Magazine "PL/SQL Developer of the year award" twice, designed two automated testing tools (utPLSQL and Quest Code Tester for Oracle), PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software since 2001....yes, my friends, this is definitely an obsession.

And you, dear visitor, can benefit from that obsession right here in Toad World, where I have collected together lots of great resources on PL/SQL. Plus, you might even get some answers to burning questions that have troubled readers of my books for years, such as:  "How do you pronounce your last name?" Oh, all right. The answer is (drum roll, please):FOYER-STEEN. And "How can I get in touch with Steven?" Just send me an email!

What Steven's Been Doing With His Life

Steven Feuerstein is considered one of the world's leading experts on the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on PL/SQL (all published by O'Reilly Media), including Oracle PL/SQL Programming. Steven has been developing software since 1980, spent five years with Oracle (1987-1992) and has served as PL/SQL Evangelist for Quest Software since January 2001. He is also an Oracle ACE Director. He writes regularly for Oracle Magazine, which named him the PL/SQL Developer of the Year in both 2002 and 2006. In June 2009, he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from ODTUG. Steven currently obsesses about how to improve the quality and quantity of testing of PL/SQL code, manifested by Quest Code Tester for Oracle. Steven lives in Chicago with his wife, Veva (a ceramist). Neither of his two sons, Chris and Eli, are software developers. Explore the non-PL/SQL side of his life (what little of that there is) at www.StevenFeuerstein.com.


Where in the World is Steven Feuerstein?


September 27, 2011
DBTA Webcast

(11:00AM PT / 2:00PM ET)

Key Best Practices for Writing Maintainable PL/SQL Code


October 4, 2011
Oracle Open World
San Francisco, CA

High-Performance PL/SQL
Users hate to wait - for anything. For our applications to be successful, they not only must be correct (meet user requirements) and maintainable. They must also execute efficiently enough to avoid user frustration. This session reviews the most important techniques for improving PL/SQL performance, including data caching, FORALL and BULK COLLECT. After attending this session, you will be able to proactively identify opportunities for applying techniques that will most dramatically (generally, an order or magnitude or more) improve the performance of your PL/SQL code.

The Steven Slideshow

I didn't always resemble Yul Brynner or Vin Diesel!

Steven Feuerstein
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