Another interesting read is Oracle Database 11g Application Development which gives an interesting overview of the new PL/SQL enhancements in Oracle 11g like
- PL/SQL native compilation: it’s now much easier, no extra C compiler and no linking, …
- SQL Query Result Cache: sounds very promising to speed up some lookup SQL statements for configuration data
- PL/SQL Function Result Cache: like SQL Query Result Cache, I think sometimes really useful if you have functions which are based on tables which do not change very often
- Fine Grained Dependency Tracking: that’s also a nice one. It helps to speed up your application deployment, because it keeps better track of the dependencies between database objects and PL/SQL packages to avoids unnecessary invalidation of packages
- PL/SQL Scope: read that for the first time, but that could be interesting to build some nice QA reports of your PL/SQL code. Hope to get more information about that soon.
- PL/SQL Profiler enhancements: to get even more statistics about your executed PL/SQL code.
Can’t wait to get a grab on some more detail documentation about this features and the new built-in packages in Oracle 11g. BTW, this document gives again a quick introduction into Oracle APEX. This time on page 6
Arup Nanda does a series about “Oracle Database 11g: Top New Features for DBAs and Developers” which you should also check out.
Watch the Oracle launch video.