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Command-Line SQL*Plus

Slice PDF May 27, 2014

Command-Line SQL*Plus

This section covers information essential for interacting with command-line SQL*Plus. Here, you will learn how to start

SQL*Plus, enter commands, delimit strings, and name variables.

Starting SQL*Plus

Invoke SQL*Plus by issuing the sqlplus command from your operating system command prompt. On Microsoft Windows systems, use either sqlplus or sqlplusw, depending on whether you want SQL*Plus to run in a command-prompt window or in its own window; you can also select an icon from the Start menu. (Early releases of SQL*Plus on Windows used executable names such as PLUS33 and



Beware of passing your password as a command-line argument to SQL*Plus. Such passwords may be easily visible to other users on Linux and Unix systems.

Syntax for the sqlplus command

The syntax used to invoke SQL*Plus is as follows: sqlplus [options] [logon] [start] options ::= option [option...] option ::= {-H[ELP]




|-M[ARKUP] markup

|-R[ESTRICT] {1 | 2 | 3}

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5. Rejoining the World

Slice ePub May 14, 2014


SIXTY years ago, it was the United States that advocated most eloquently for passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global expression of the inherent rights of all people. We were the richest and most powerful country on Earth, and the problems of other nations seemed to have little practical bearing on our prosperity. Nevertheless, the American commitment to multilateral solutions was bold and unwavering. Today, by contrast, many of our biggest challenges are clearly global in nature. Yet even as domestic policy has become more and more obviously intertwined with foreign policy, the United States has chosen to distance itself from international organizations and negotiations.

In one area of policy after another, the Bush administration took a go-it-alone approach, to the shame of our country and the dismay of the rest of the world. Climate change is an obvious and appalling example. Policies that encourage sprawl and runaway consumption here at home lead to higher temperatures and water levels in Myanmar and Miami alike. As the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States bears a special burden of responsibility. Yet, over the past eight years, Washington stood conspicuously apart from global climate negotiations. As a result, the United States itself now looms as a huge barrier to progress in convincing poorer countries to adopt more sustainable practices. On economic questions, the Bush administration consistently carried the water for private capital, leading to policies that have lowered wages, widened the chasm between rich and poor, and left millions with little choice but to migrate (from rural areas to cities, from one country to another) in pursuit of a more secure life. On the national security front, the administration took a concern shared by many nations—terrorism—and turned it into an American-branded war of us against an ill-defined them. Through blatant disregard for suspects’ rights and the rule of law, American leaders have alienated many of our natural allies.

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Chapter Sixteen Poolside

Slice ePub May 29, 2014

Sunday afternoon turned out to be so sunny and hot, it practically had the words go to the pool stamped across it. And judging by how crowded it was there, everyone in town must have gotten the message.

Anna Mei and Zandra managed to snag a couple of deck chairs—an older couple was getting up to leave just as the girls were climbing out of the pool. It had been too packed with bodies to swim any actual laps, but they’d had fun jumping in and splashing around.

They’d also spent some time playing with R.J. and Marcus in the smaller pool, the one surrounded by parents and teeming with kids wearing floaties. After a while Mr. and Mrs. Caine had rescued the girls by dragging the younger kids out of the pool and into some shade.

Now they were stretched out in their newly-acquired chairs, towels rolled up under their heads, eyes closed. Anna Mei felt like she could lie there forever, soaking up not only the sun but the sounds and smells, too.

“I think if I had to write a description of summer,” she said, her eyes still closed, “it would be about this exact moment—the sunlight reflecting on the water, the smell of coconut lotion mixed with chlorine, everyone laughing and splashing. It would be like a picture of summer but in words.”

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Chapter 16. Exercises for Longevity

Slice ePub July 14, 2014

Until the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s, strenuous physical activity was an integral part of daily lifein work as well as in religious, social, and cultural expression. With this diminished work-related physical activity, the healers and philosophers of the time questioned whether long life and health could be maintained with a decreased level of exercise.

By 1953, almost 60 percent of American children failed to meet even a minimum fitness standard for health, compared to less than 10 percent in Europe. When John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, he convened a conference on physical fitness and young people and established what would eventually be called the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In the mid-1970s, popular interest in the benefits of exercise sprouted a widespread enthusiasm for the benefits of physical activity in preventing and treating a variety of conditions that continues to this day.

Despite the governments efforts to educate the public about the benefits of exercise, a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2001 revealed that just 25 percent of adults met government recommendations for physical activity in 1998.

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Le Début des études artistiques

Source: Malevitch
Slice PDF June 09, 2014

Les pommes de terre et les épluchures avaient l’air si naturel qu’elles m’ont laissé une impression durable, comme la nature elle-même… Donc je pouvais rester à Kiev où, je l’appris plus tard, il y avait de très grands artistes comme Pymonenko et Mourachko. »

Kiev laissa sur l’esprit de Malevitch une empreinte indélébile : les collines, le fleuve Dniepr et ses maisons en briques colorées, la ligne d’horizon, l’activité des docks et des bateaux à vapeur. Il aimait voir les femmes des villages venir en ville dans de petites embarcations pour vendre leur beurre, leur lait et de la crème aigre. Il y avait partout le long des rives du fleuve et dans les rues de Kiev des paysans en habits colorés qui créaient l’atmosphère particulière de cette ville.

« Mon père n’appréciait pas mon attirance pour l’art, écrit-il, il savait qu’il y avait de nombreux peintres en ville mais n’évoquait jamais le sujet. Il s’attendait à ce que je suive ses pas ; Père m’avait dit que la vie d’artiste était néfaste et que beaucoup finissaient en prison. Il ne voulait pas de ce style de vie pour son fils.

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