Friday, October 14, 2016

"Give me a project I can work on, Steven!" OK, here you go....

Probably once a month, I receive an email from a programmer who either wants to tune up their Oracle Database programming skills (SQL and PL/SQL, primarily) or wants to help me or the community in some way.

Here's the latest, via LinkedIn Messages:

My friends and I are just in love with Oracle PL/SQL and the whole concept of database development and database design. This is like a religion for us. Can you you provide us some work to do?

I don't have a handy set of projects for people to work on, especially now that I am back with Oracle.

But there are plenty of opportunities for you out there, especially if you'd like to help build community tools. So here's a short list. I hope readers will offer others via the Comments section.

1. OraOpenSource -

A project of, led by Martin Giffy D'Souza, this repo offers an ever-growing set of utilities, with lots of room for expansion.

2. utPLSQL -

utPLSQL, which I originally built in 1999, is one of the most popular xUnit variants (JUnit, NUnit, etc.) for PL/SQL developers. It has recently moved to Github and is in the process of being revamped for a big V3 release. It's all written in PL/SQL!

3. oddGen -

oddgen is an Oracle SQL Developer extension to invoke dictionary-driven code generators.

4. Alexandria Library -

This library is a collection of various utility packages for PL/SQL, as well as links to useful libraries hosted and maintained elsewhere.

Two more great resources, though you have to come up with your own project ideas to use them:

1. I encourage you sign up for an workspace. You can then build your own websites using  Oracle Application Express, using nothing but SQL, PL/SQL and some Javascript if you want to get fancy.

2. Use to play around with SQL and PL/SQL, as well as take advantage of an ever-growing library of scripts.

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