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March 05

15:00 UTC   Start Times Around the World


Building APIs with Packages
API, API, API - that's all you hear about these days (in addition to microservices, devops, etc.). APIs are critical in the distributed computing world we live in today. And they are needed at every level in the stack. Perhaps most importantly: we need solid, well-designed APIs to our data and business logic - and therein lies the strength and importance of PL/SQL. In this next Office Hours session, Steven and Chris explore how to use packages to craft excellent APIs - and invite your comments and experience on the same topic!

01:10 Types of APIs in PL/SQL (Chris presents Steven's slides because Steven is sick)
06:00 Discussions on use of TAPIs
17:52 Packages as building block for APIs
29:13 Exploring overloading
38:28 Tips for high quality APIs
44:31 Overloading and calling functions in SQL
49:21 Closing comments on key value of database APIs

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Steven Feuerstein
Steven Feuerstein, Developer Advocate for PL/SQL    
Steven Feuerstein is a Senior Advisor at Insum Solutions (, and is obsessed with the Oracle PL/SQL language, having written ten books on it (all published by O'Reilly Media). You will find an abundance of quizzes from Steven at the Dev Gym. Enjoy!
Chris Saxon
Chris Saxon, Oracle Developer Advocate for SQL    
Chris Saxon is an Oracle Developer Advocate and quizmaster on Dev Gym. His job is to help you get the best out of the Oracle Database and have fun with SQL! He's also part of the answer team on Ask TOM and creates YouTube videos at The Magic of SQL channel.