SQL Procedure Language (SQL PL) is used in DB2 to write database-stored procedures. Stored procedures are used to encapsulate business logic on the database and yield the following benefits: significantly improved application performance, increased application scalability, simplified application development, and reduced network traffic. This book will teach the reader how to set up the development environment and use all language elements of SQL PL through concrete examples and thorough discussions. Also included are expert tips and best practices for achieving optimal performance and code manageability. This book will be a valuable reference for SQL PL code syntax and troubleshooting. There are currently no books on the market that cover the DB2 SQL Procedure Language, although it is extensively used by IBM business partners and other software vendors.