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Expert PL/SQL Practices for Oracle Developers and DBAs by Riyaj Shamsudeen, Robyn Sands, Michael Rosenblum, Stephan Petit, Arup Nanda, Connor McDonald, Torben Holm, Sue Harper, Dominic Delmolino, Lewis Cunningham, Ron Crisco, Melanie Caffrey, Martin Büchi, Adrian Billington, John Beresniewicz

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C H A P T E R  2

Dynamic SQL: Handling the Unknown

By Michael Rosenblum

For the past ten years, I have attended a number of Oracle conferences all over the United States. Time after time, I have listened to presenters talking about building systems “better, faster, cheaper” But when these same people come down off the stage and discuss the same issues with you one-on-one, the message is much less optimistic. The often cited 75% failure rate of all major IT projects is still a reality. Adding in the cases of “failures declared successes” (i.e. nobody was brave enough to admit the wrongdoing), it becomes even more clear that there is a crisis in our contemporary software development process.

For the purposes of this chapter, I will assume that ...

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