PL/SQL is an acronym, meaning Procedural Language/Structured Query Language. PL/SQL is actually an extension of the SQL programming language, adding support for flow control, loops, and other procedural constructs.

PL/SQL means Procedural Language/Structured Query Language. It is an extension to the standard SQL that was created by Oracle, (with a syntax and structure similar to Ada). The language also includes such object oriented programming techniques such as encapsulation, function overloading, and information hiding.

The PL/SQL compiler and interpreter are embedded in Oracle Developer. This provides a server side, procedural language that is nicely integrated with SQL. PL/SQL stored procedures can also be called from most other Oracle clients, including Oracle Call Interface and Oracle Forms.

The PL/SQL platform is best used in an Enterprise setting. Providing good performance for even the most complex Oracle installations.

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