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Product Details

  • Series: Expert
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (July 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430229462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430229469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Kyte is vice president of the Core Technologies Group at Oracle Corporation and has been with the company since version 7.0.9 was released in 1993. Kyte, however, has been working with Oracle since version 5.1.5c. At Oracle, Kyte works with the Oracle database, and more specifically, he helps clients who are using the Oracle database and works directly with them specifying and building their systems or rebuilding and tuning them. Prior to working at Oracle, Kyte was a systems integrator who built large-scale, heterogeneous databases and applications for military and government clients.

Tom Kyte is the same "Ask Tom" whose column appears in Oracle Magazine, where he answers questions about the Oracle database and tools that developers and database administrators struggle with every day.

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This book is very well organized and with great examples.
Subramanyam Jayaraman
I'm very glad to see the new edition of his "Expert Oracle Database Architecture" has been released.
Yan Li
Start at the beginning of the book and finish at the end of the book.
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I pre-ordered this book in May, having previously read the two previous editions of this book ("Expert One-On-One Oracle" and "Expert Oracle Database Architecture: 9i and 10g Programming Techniques and Solutions") cover to cover. Now that I have had an opportunity to fully read this edition, I now realize that the first edition of this book subconsciously set the standards that I expected of all other Oracle Database books I have subsequently purchased. The latest edition is now among my five favorite Oracle Database books, sharing the top five ranking with "Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals", "Troubleshooting Oracle Performance", and "Optimizing Oracle Performance".

The author of this book is a Vice President at Oracle Corporation, and is well known for his [...] website, articles in Oracle's magazine, forum/Usenet postings, and presentations. The author recently revised the Oracle Concepts Guide, which is part of the Oracle Database 11.2 documentation library. Slightly off topic: It might be notable that a book written by a VP at Oracle Corporation is not published by Oracle Press. Oracle Press is a marketing label used by McGraw Hill to market its line of Oracle books - the books are not formally written by Oracle Corporation nor are they formally tech edited by Oracle Corporation, although some employees of Oracle Corporation have used McGraw Hill as a publishing company. At least for me, for several years the "Officially Authorized Oracle Press" logo on books published by McGraw Hill seemed to be endorsement of the books by Oracle Corporation, but that is not the case, as was clarified by one of the threads on the AskTom site.

The book contents are very well organized, allowing the reader to continually build on previously introduced concepts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Hull on September 13, 2010
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Tom Kyte is well known in the Oracle community for his Ask Tom website and as author to some great titles on Oracle. So it's no surprise that his latest Architecture book as voluminous and thorough.

Like the first edition Tom spends careful time upfront with a whole long section just on setting up your "environment". Now for those folks who don't use the command line often, you had best dig out your guides, howtos and documentation, and bring yourself up to speed.

The book is laid out with endless examples of how to do things illustrated using sql*plus the Oracle shell. As he reminds us, this is far and away the best way to learn about the inner workings of the database, and his clear and step-by-step examples really drive that home.

As he explains, you'll find that the chapters are mostly self-contained, so you can read them in different order, while still making sense of the whole. Chapter 1 discusses database applications overall, and in particular how to best utilize the Oracle technology and horsepower you've licensed.

Chapter 2 covers the overall architecture of an oracle database outlining how instances are different than a database, and how RAC fits into the picture.

There may be some area you are weaker in, such as memory structures - the PGA, SGA and UGA. So jump straight to chapter 4 for that. Want to know more about locks and latches, chapter 6 will cover that material.

When you get to chapter 10 on tables, you will realize just how much the database has evolved over the years. How many different types of tables are there? There are heap tables, index organized tables, index clustered tables, hash clustered tables, nested tables, temp tables, and object tables. Wow, that's quite a long list.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yan Li on August 1, 2010
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The author of this book, - Tom Kyte is no stranger for Oracle professionals. As an oracle DBA and developer for years, I've been a regular visitor of his "Ask Tom" website. I'm very glad to see the new edition of his "Expert Oracle Database Architecture" has been released. I just finished reading this book and strongly recommend it to all Oracle developers and DBAs. 780 pages is a good size - not too heavy to carry.

Tom covers the fundamental concepts and deep insights using simple conversational language, in the style of his "Ask Tom" columns. The book also provides many useful examples, codes and tips on resolving real world issues. An example of bind variables tells how much hard parsing utilizes resources (cpu/latches etc) and I was also impressed that Tom always finds ways to measure the usage. I had some blurred concepts about LOBs and parallel query/DML/DDL. This book helped me to clarify them. The book also covers some 11g new features. We need to keep track of what Oracle has already done to avoid reinventing the wheel.

I also enjoyed the following sections and found them useful and interesting:
- How (and How Not) to Develop Database Applications
- Bad Transaction Habits
- Frequently Asked Questions and Myths About Indexes

To develop a successful Oracle application, we should understand the database inside out. What I like the most about this book is that it not only tells you "what" but also "how"; explains not only "when" and "why" but also "when not" and "why not". That's the main reason I read Tom's book and visit his site - to get the "why" behind the methods. It's uncomfortable to implement something without knowing why.

You don't have to read this book from cover to cover - although it would be a good idea to do so.
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