Designing a report is a development project, albeit a small one. As with any development project, it helps to have a methodology, or sequence of steps, to follow that will lead you successfully through the process of designing a report with a minimum of fuss and backtracking. For example, when designing a report, it makes no sense to worry about formatting the data until you have first decided what data to include.
This chapter presents a micro-methodology for developing reports with SQL*Plus that has worked well for me. It divides the design process for a simple report into the following steps:
Dividing the design process into discrete, logical steps reduces the amount and the complexity of the information you must keep in your head at any given time.
For more advanced reports, such as a master-detail report, you may want to perform additional steps:
Work through report design in a methodical manner. Often the temptation is to start typing in commands. Resist this temptation .
Introduction to SQL*Plus
A Lightning SQL Tutorial
Generating Reports with SQL*Plus
Creating HTML Reports
Writing SQL*Plus Scripts
Extracting and Loading Data
Exploring Your Database
Tuning and Timing
The Product User Profile
Customizing Your SQL*Plus Environment
Appendix A. SQL*Plus Command Reference
Appendix B. SQL*Plus Format Elements
Oracle SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides)
Authors: Jonathan Gennick
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