Welcome

Some people, mostly readers of my books, seem to be interested in things I say and do, so from this website, you can sign up for my monthly PL/SQL newsletter (yellow box on the left), read my latest blog postings, explore aspects of my incredibly interesting life, request a training, take the PL/SQL Challenge, check out my collection of photos on Flickr, and so much more. I hope you enjoy my life as much as I have!
Steven

A Signature for Your Book
Would you like me to sign your book? How about the next best thing: order a signed, personalized bookplate that you can attach to the inside of your book cover. Click here to pick from three beautiful designs, courtesy of my publisher, O'Reilly Media.

On Stevens Mind

I (re) Join Oracle Corporation

As of 17 March 2014, I am once again an employee of Oracle Corporation. Hurray! I originally worked from Oracle from 1987 to 1992, and I built on that experience to write my first PL/SQL book in 1994. The result? A radically changed life. I then spent the next 20 years writing PL/SQL, writing about PL/SQL, training developers on PL/SQL, eating-breathing-drinking PL/SQL. What a great ride it's been (and much of it - from 2001 to Feb 2014 with Quest/Dell, which was a great supporter of my efforts to support and build the PL/SQL community)! And now I plan to finish up my career (I am, after all, 55 years old) as a software technologist at Oracle. 

I have lots and lots of ideas for what I want to accomplish at Oracle - we will see what I can actually get done. As my plans gel, I will be sharing them through my blog, twitter account and appropriate Oracle sites. Thanks to the many people who have helped me over the years!

Oracle PL/SQL Programming 6E Available

OPP6
Considered the best Oracle PL/SQL programming guide by the Oracle community, this definitive guide is precisely what you need to make the most of Oracle’s powerful procedural language. The sixth edition describes the features and capabilities of PL/SQL up through Oracle Database 12c Release 1.

Hundreds of thousands of PL/SQL developers have benefited from this book over the last twenty years; this edition continues that tradition. With extensive code examples and a lively sense of humor, this book explains language fundamentals, explores advanced coding techniques, and offers best practices to help you solve real-world problems.

For more information and to order a signed copy of Oracle PL/SQL Programming 6E, click here!

I Publish My First Children's Book

Vivian Vulture
2013 has been a strange and wonderful year in so many ways, and now I get to celebrate a major milestone in my life: on 21 December, Veva Silva and I published our first children's book: Vivian Vulture and the Cleanup Culture. It is a book about vultures and respect and a more holistic view of the world. But forget all that - it has beautiful illustrations (by Veva and Robert Melegari), is hilarious (at least in places), and even rhymes! .

For more information and to order a signed copy of this wonderful book (if I do say so myself), click here!

OMG! It's full of stars!

My wife, Veva Silva, held a very successful holiday sale at her studio and gallery of the above name, online at www.omgstudioandgallery.com. She will be offering classes in 2014 on ceramics, metal clay, jewelry-making and more. Visit the site, visit the studio, take a class!

Life with Granddaughter

Loey is now (December 2013) two years old, getting more beautiful and hilarious and capable with each passing day.

Check our my Loey Lucille Flickr page for lots of photos....

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