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I am a very experienced SQL Server developer who is being thrust into an Oracle heavy environment. I want very much to start being useful and productive and need to get up to speed. I can read the PL/SQL without much of a problem (although a lot of it is written old school without inner and outer join syntax). Writing is is still very slow for me and the old time Oracle developers are always redoing my code. They look upon my TSQL experience as almost an impediment instead of a bonus.

Any recommendations on decent tutorials. Online would be great but I like books as well.

Thanks in advance!

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I have had a similar experience when the company i work for aquired an Oracle based solution to operate its core business after using SQL Server, now we have a hybrid environment.

I would recommend anything from Steven Feuerstein on PL/SQL. Having his book on PL/SQL would be a must have for me as i find it indespensible in covering most of the area's of interest in a complete and comprehensive manner. I do find google a little harder to handle unless you are after something very specific.

As Chankey has also said, the guides and manuals are a good source although i find them a little more heavy going.

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I found the following presentation from SQL Bits online today while looking for something else and thought it might be useful for exactly this situation:


I'd also seen a blog about an Oracle DBA who started using SQL Server who discussed his experiences and while I was trying to track down that article, I found a bunch of other resources that look good so I figured I would share the whole bunch in case someone finds them useful:

SQL DBA going to Oracle

Oracle DBA going to SQL

A little of both...

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