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Expert Oracle Database Architecture: 9i and 10g Programming Techniques and Solutions

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595305
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Hull on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have a confession to make. I haven't read an Oracle book cover-to-cover in almost three years. Sure I skim through the latest titles for what I need and of course check out documentation of the latest releases. That's what good docs provide, quick reference when you need to check syntax, or details of a particular parameter, or feature, but have you ever read some documentation, sift through a paragraph, page or two, and say to yourself, that's great, but what about this situation I have right now? Unfortunately documentation doesn't always

speak to your real everyday needs. It is excellent for reference, but doesn't

have a lot of real-world test cases, and practical usage examples. That's where Tom Kyte's new book comes in, and boy is it a killer.

I've read Tom's books before, and always enjoyed them. But his new APress title really stands out as an achievement. Page after page and chapter after chapter he uses straightforward examples pasted right from the SQL*Plus prompt to illustrate, demonstrate, and illuminate concepts that he is explaining. It is this practical hands on, relentless approach that makes this book 700 pages of goodness.

Already an expert at Oracle? You'll become more of one after reading this book. With reviewers like Jonathan Lewis I expected this book to be good from the outset I have to admit. But each chapter delves into a bit more depth around subjects that are central to Oracle programming and administration.



One of the things I loved about this book most of all is its complete lack of screenshots! But how does one illustrate a concept then, you might ask?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John on February 19, 2007
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Couldn't decide whether to get this or Tom's earlier book "Expert One-on-One Oracle." Got this and was pleased to learn that the earlier book is included as a searchable PDF on the accompanying CD! How can you beat that?

My consulting experience has been that most implementers of Oracle don't know what they're doing. Read this and you'll know what you're doing; it has quick little experiments that drive home the most important points --how to make the common cases fast-- with complete explanations. I was already Oracle certified and learned some new wrinkles. You'll know why you paid for Oracle in this day of commoditized, open-source DBMS's.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ramesh on April 3, 2006
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I have read several Oracle 10G books before BUT Thomas Kyte's "Expert Oracle Architrecure" is an excellent resource on understanding some very basic concepts to highly technical details. For example: From chapter 2 "Architecture Overview", Tom gave a clear definition on what is a database and what is an instance. I think most of people made mistakes without knowing these details. I would strongly recommend you all to read this book. The same chapter has very technical explanation about memroy structures and networking architecture.

I recommend this book to all developers and DBAs who dealt with day to day operations maintaning the databases.

I liked the way Tom explained Files from Chapter 3. Is is good to find all configuration files and parameter files at one place and knowing them each individually.

Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 are two excellent resources to understand completely about an "ORACLE INSTANCE".

Overall I am really happy to have this book and will certainly recommend to my co-workers.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Dell'era on November 2, 2005
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Since this book is the first volume of the second edition of "expert one-on-one: Oracle", which I've been reading and re-reading for years, I will review the book by comparing it with the previous edition, hoping to help people who are considering to "upgrade".

First thing - if in the first edition you enjoyed the great writing style, the everything-backed-by-examples approach, and the handling of real-life scenarios coming from the (oustanding) experience of the Author ... great news for you: everything is still there, this edition matches (or even surpasses) the first as far as quality is concerned.

Second, I've found a lot of new topics/chapters that are brand-new, not to be found in the first edition; for example the coverage of "write consistency", the excellent chapter about "datatypes", the "parallel execution" one - in addition, obviously, to the coverage of new features and objects of 9i/10g (automatic pga management, assm, index/table compression, sorted hash clustered tables, to name just a few).

Third, the vast majority (90% or more) of the topics/chapters already present in the first edition have been improved (expanded and/or rewritten for better readability), with new examples and new scenarios - I particularly loved the new discussion about the log buffer/buffer cache interdependencies, the fresh section about "indexing myths", the use of statspack to show the impact of not using bind variables, the new ways to implement optimistic locking, and many others (there are too many to discuss, it really looks like a brand new book - a real "new edition", not just a "new version").

In short - lots of new material, first-edition stuff much improved - I couldn't ask for more or better.
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