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Getting Started with SQL*Plus

The following exercise will show you how to develop SQL queries using Oracle’s SQL*Plus.

The SQL*Plus utility is a simple online command editor that allows you to enter SQL commands directly into Oracle.

There are two ways to get into SQL*Plus:

1 – Using the GUI tool from the pull-down menus 

2 – Opening a DOS window

We highly recommend that you enter SQL*Plus from the DOS window because it is far easier to edit and execute file from DOS.

To enter SQL*Plus, you simply type “sqlplus” at the command prompt, including the user name, password and Oracle database name.  For example:

sqlplus pubs/pubs@mydb 

cd c:\oracle\sql 

sqlplus system/manager@mydb 

select * from v$database; 

host notepad query1.sql


At any time, you can use the “host” command to shell-out to DOS and execute any DOS commands that you desire:

SQL> host dir
SQL> host copy c:\oracle\query5.sql c:\docs


For more details, see the "Easy Oracle Series" a set of books especially designed by Oracle experts to get you started fast with Oracle database technology.

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