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OCP: Oracle8i DBA Certification Kit Hardcover – December 18, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0782126853 ISBN-10: 0782126855

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Product Details

  • Series: Certification Kit
  • Hardcover: 2304 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex Inc (December 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782126855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782126853
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,297,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biju Thomas is Oracle ACE, Oracle Certified Professional and Certified Oracle Database SQL Expert. Biju Thomas is a senior solutions architect with more than 20 years of Oracle DBA experience. He is the author of Oracle12c OCA, Oracle11g OCA, co-author of Oracle10g, 9i, 8i OCP certification guides published by Sybex/Wiley. He is a frequent presenter at Oracle conferences and publishes articles for Oracle technical journals. Twitter @biju_thomas

Customer Reviews

The flashcards and practice tests are good.
"aparnadev"
I studied these books and passed all the OCP exams but I read original Oracle documents as well.
Ugur Evin
Writters have done excellent job for explanation ,very easy & fun to learn.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just read through this kit. This kit is very readable, much better than the Cram series and "Oracle8i Certified Professional DBA Certification Exam Guide". Oracle Press's book is very difficult to read and you have to print out the Networking part, which is not included in the book. However, for this kit, you can finish one chapter within half an hour and catch all ideas. I am sure you can pass the certification exam if you prepare the exams using this kit. As for the Cram, the topics are somewhat obsolete and do not match oracle 8i certification's requirement. For example, Cram does not talk about the Oracle Expert in detail, which is required for oracle 8i exam. Moreover, the practice questions are more similar to the exact test than Cram and Oracle Press's book. I strongly recommend this kit. Do not waste your money on other preparation books for Oracle 8i certification, only this kit is enough.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I haven't really tried using a whole lot of material in my exam preparations but this set of 3 books does the job. It is very well organized and written, has a lot of relevant practice tests and is easy to read. It follows the oracle syllabus topic by topic- you get nothing more and nothing less. Apart from helping prepare for the exam, these books help one understand the basic concepts of Oracle too. I have loaded the electornic versions of the book (CDs are included with the books) onto my laptop and find this material better than other oracle reference material I have. Until you find prep material that gives you all the questions that appear in the real test, you will not find better preparation material than this set of 3 books.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Greg Johnson on February 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Most definatly.
This DBA certification guide comes with three books.
1). PL/SQL 2). DBA ADMIN / DB BACKUP AND RECOVERY 3). DB PER TUNING / NET8 ADMIN
This makes handling easier and thereby increasing the books durabuility. The books' binding is far superior to the oracle press books and the reference material has more diagrams and displays more of the Oracle GUI than Oracle Press. The text is easier to read and all the exams are covered in the text, as opposed to Oracle Press where the last exam (network Admin) is only on CD...and if you are like me, reading off a monitor is a lot harder than reading a hard copy.
The information is laid out in an easy to read format and the chapters are kept short and completes all the objectives in which the OCP exams are based.
The are review questions at the end of each chapter with a full practice exam of 50 - 60 questions after ever unit, giving you the best way to guage your knowledge before sitting the exam.
A word of warning though, DO NOT expect to pass the Backup and Recovery exam by only using the associated section. This section looks as though it was written in a huge rush, or by somebody learning about the technoloy themselves as they went. When it comes to the 8i Backup and Recovery exam, do yourself a favour and invest in the 8i B&R Exam Cram by Debbie Wong.
Overall, and dismissing the B&R section (Which is a pity becasue the Perf Tun section is OUTSTANDING) I recommend this collection of books to any aspiring Oracle DBA.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on August 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is my only source (and in my opinion, the only reliable source) of study materials for the OCP Oracle8i DBA Certification. No need to attend expensive courses, this set of 3 books alone is all you need to pass the exams. Forget about the books from Oracle Press, they are full of errors and don't always present materials directly revelant to the exams. I don't consider myself a very experienced Oracle DBA but I was able to complete all 5 exams within 2 months without any difficulties. Thanks Sybex!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am the same "reader from bethesda" who wrote the earlier review. Let me add this:
1. I became an Oracle Certified DBA today and still believe that these books are good prep material. 2.In addition to these books, I used the software from selftest software ($99 a pop) and think they played a role in my success. 3. In my opinion, the part that covers backup and recovery is relatively poorly written- especially if you are a windows user (the book uses examples for unix). This section is painful to go through mainly because there are too many prints of log files or screen outputs and it does not do a good job of clarifyng the basics. But you can still get by.
Strong recommendation: Use this book and the self test software and you'll be in good shape.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gowrimohan on March 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is good preparation material for OCP. Each chapters are very simple to understand, can complete each chapters within 3 hours. And at the end of each chapters, you can see some 20 questions. These questions and explanation will give you more clear idea. Only few of them have wrong answers. [Any way, if you able to identify it is wrong, then it is good sign for passing the exam also ;-) ]
Out of 5 books, 3 books are good.
(1) PL/SQL => Good, This book is enough to pass.
(2) Achitecture and Administration => Good. This is enough.
(3) Back-Up and Recovery => For basic concepts it is ok! Once you finished all the chapters, then go for Exam-Cram. This will help lot.
(4) Performance & Tunining => Good. This is enough.
(5) Network => For basic conepts it is ok!. Exam-Cram will do better.
At conclusion, you can buy this kit. It is worth. Exam-cram and this kit is enough to pass all the exams.
Wish you all the best.
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