Another year goes by, and most likely, another data access framework has been invented. It will claim to be the fastest, smartest way to talk to the database, and just like all those that came before it, it will not be. Because the best database access tool has been there for more than 30 years now, and that is PL/SQL. Although we all sometimes fall prey to the mindset of "Oh look, a shiny new tool, we should start using it", the performance and simplicity of PL/SQL remains unmatched. This session looks at the failings of other data access languages, why even a cursory knowledge of PL/SQL will make you a better developer, and how to get the most out of PL/SQL when it comes to database performance.