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SQL Server vs. Oracle procedures

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What are the differences between SQL Server procedures and Oracle procedures?
At a very high level, Oracle and SQL Server stored procedures do the same thing. What differs is how they work. Oracle's procedures are written in a language called PL/SQL. SQL Server's procedures are written in a language called T-SQL. These languages are proprietary to the RDMBS vendor. And there are many differences in these languages, too many to enumerate here. If you are working on both systems, I recommend learning both languages. You will quickly become familiar with the differences between Oracle and SQL Server with respect to stored procedures.
This was first published in January 2008

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