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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774509
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Murach has a background in software training and is a specialist in developing business applications, particularly web applications. In the past 5 years, he has written and edited books on Java, ASP.NET, and C# that have helped thousands of developers become proficient at creating the kind of applications that businesses rely on every day.

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Joel Murach has been writing and editing books about computer programming for over 10 years. During that time, he has written extensively on a wide range of Java, .NET, web, and database technologies. When he's not programming or writing books about programming, he can be found surfing or writing music.

Customer Reviews

It is very well organized and very easy to understand.
Enrique F. Otero
I highly recommend the book and will look for Murach's books in the future.
SophiesPlace
For one thing, there are no examples or exercise answers!
Charles Smith

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TekDev on February 24, 2012
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The programmed learning method, where material is taught on one side of the page and then retaught using examples on the other side of the page is used very effectively in this book. Unfortunately, the merits of the book are negated by the fact that Murach does not give the answers to the practice exercises! This is not a problem until about half way through the book where the difficulty increases and there are 2 or 3 (or more) problems in every chapter that you just can't figure out. It would be really nice to have an appendix with the answers so that you could learn how to do those problems. I contacted Murach and requested the answers. They replied that they only send the Instructors CD to teachers who have purchased at least 15 books (and they need a copy of the receipt). If you buy one of Murach's books for self-teaching, as I suspect most Amazon shoppers do, you are out of luck. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of an otherwise good approach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NeesiePie on July 10, 2012
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A thorough and well written book, with one exception: at the end of each chapter is a series of exercises which are very helpful in learning proper coding; for some unfathomable reason, the publishers do not include solutions to the exercises ANYWHERE. Not in the book, not in their software, not on their website. I contacted the author and was told that the answers are only included in the Teacher's Edition, which is ONLY available to properly-credentialed instructors, which is no help to those of us doing self-directed study. It is Extremely Frustrating to struggle through a complex exercise, trying to figure out what you're doing wrong, with no solution to glance at to learn where you went astray. A major flaw in my estimation, and the only reason I didn't give it five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David O'Meara on September 17, 2008
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Murach books have a reputation for accessibility to the novice user. Murach's Oracle SQL and PL/SQL is just as accessible to the novice, but also contains plenty to assist other Oracle users.

The first section is truly non-threatening and is possibly too basic to be of real use in the context of the whole book. It is a short introduction to databases and the Oracle tools but doesn't contain much depth. The second section digs deeper into interacting with databases and is primarily aimed at standard and Oracle-specific SQL syntax. Section 3 introduces good (and essential) database practices such as normalisation, user and role management, indexes, foreign keys and other aspects of database design. Section 4 covers some PL/SQL basics and finally Section 5 covers the more complicated data types.

I mention all of that since I found the name of the book slightly misleading, but in a good way. The focus of the book is on building and maintaining the skills required for running Oracle SQL and PL/SQL and while Sections 3 and 5 could have been omitted, the book is better because of the inclusion.

Sections 2 and 4 are the main sections and both are well written for both teaching and reference resources, and Section 2 in particular highlights the important information for each piece of knowledge.

The result is a book that is great for Oracle novices, although possibly not if you are a complete database novice, but also great for intermediate users casual users like myself. Personally I use the database dictated by clients, so I look forward to having this on hand when making the next switch back to the Oracle database. It won't get you an Oracle DBA job, but it will help you get more out of your database.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Smith on September 3, 2013
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The book needs examples and answer sheet to show how a lot of the material works. This book is not easy for for first-time Oracle users, who are taking a first level college, like me. This book was selected by my college professor who taught database management. The professor was not of any real help in teaching the subject and this book was no better. It shows PL/ SQL programming aspects but fails to explain thoroughly the process through providing good references. For one thing, there are no examples or exercise answers! The first few lessons may be simple but throughout the rest of the book, it can be very complex. Quite frankly, I think even YouTube videos would probably do a better job than this.

Plain and simple, if you're a beginner and even intermediate, stay away from this book. If you're an advanced user or professional, you may enjoy it.

No, matter who you are, you may want to browse a few pages of this book as a virtual preview before you buy. I wish I would have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles A on August 19, 2013
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This was a required text for my into to sql class. We did the whole class using iSQL *Plus. This book helped immensely, even though I already knew SQL! I didn't need to reach much at first, but once we started getting into PL/SQL this book saved my arse! This book is a good guide for learning SQL but as another user posted they don't include the answers to the questions. We didn't use the exercises out of this book (we had our own assignments) but I can see why it would be an issue.

I like the style of text on the left, code examples on the right.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tonex on November 2, 2008
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Got stuck on one of my Oracle 9i assignments and it took just one look in this book and I was all set and ready to take on this other assignments. It is really a reliable reference book. One you should always have at your fingertips if you use the Oracle database system or if you are learning about the system. I wish I had this book as a backup to my textbook when I first bagan the class or even before I begin. Save the stress and don't fall into my misfortune of stressing over something that could be solved easily with this book.
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