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About this site


This site was designed by Christina Shaw of Wilmington Marketing.

It was implemented by Joel Finkel of Systems by Design of Illinois, Ltd.

It uses the Drupal CMS framework. The theme is based on the Zen Theme.

Calendar icons are by Matt Varone.

Steven's Family


For now, I offer just the basics....

Wife: Veva Silva, formerly a nurse, now a ceramist and Realtor. You can see examples of her functional and inspiring creations here. Married in 1983.

The non-PL/SQL story of Steven's life


Oh yes, there is certainly more to me than meets the eye of a PL/SQL developer. Oh yes, I am sure I can find those bits of me somewhere. Unfortunately, I have to write some PL/SQL code, so I don't have time to....

No, no. Silly me. Yes, PL/SQL does consume much of my life, but I have busily pursued other interests as well.

And as you will read over and over again in this site, at least initially, I will give you small, short and delightful tidbits - and then get back to you later with more details. Here's a quick rundown:

The PL/SQL story of Steven's life


I have two confessions to make: first, I have got to be one of the most narrowly specialized technologists in the world. I really just know one thing: PL/SQL. Fortunately, I know that pretty well—and fortunately also, Oracle has done a splendid job of designing, building, and enhancing the language. Sure, I used to write Fortran, but these days if you ask me about anything outside of PL/SQL you will draw a blank. Second confession: I am not really much of a technologist. I took three “101” courses on programming in college, and that is it for formal education.

About Steven


I am an Architect for Oracle Corporation, with a focus on applied PL/SQL. From a professional standpoint, I have since 1992 worked almost exclusively with the Oracle PL/SQL language. I've published ten books (count 'em, ten. About seven too many, probably) on PL/SQL, traveled to more than two dozen countries to present and train, and so on.

I am building the new Oracle Database Evangelist team, which will be responsible for providing resources to help our users succeed with our technologies, and also to build a global, vibrant user community.

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