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Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in Oracle) Paperback – August 20, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1430236627 ISBN-10: 1430236620 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Sam R. Alapati is an experienced Oracle database administrator who holds the Oracle Certified Professional designation and the Hewlett-Packard UNIX System Administrator certification. He currently manages Oracle databases at the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters in Los Colinas, Texas. Alapati has been dealing with databases for a long time, including the Ingres RDBMS in the mid-1980s. He is also well-versed in the Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, and IBM DB2 database management systems.

Darl Kuhn is a senior database administrator working for Oracle. He handles all facets of database administration from design and development to production support. He also teaches advanced database courses at Regis University in Colorado. Darl does volunteer DBA work for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group. He has a graduate degree from Colorado State University and lives near Spanish Peaks, Colorado, with his wife, Heidi, and daughters, Brandi and Lisa.

Bill Padfield is an Oracle Certified Professional, working for a large telecommunications company in Denver, Colorado as a lead database administrator. Bill helps administer and manage a large data warehouse environment consisting of more than 75 databases. Bill has been an Oracle Database administrator for more than 14 years, and has been in the IT industry since 1985. Bill also teaches graduate database courses at Regis University and currently resides in Aurora, Colorado with his wife, Oyuna, and son, Evan.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (August 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked "Monitoring system performance" & different approaches of "SQL tuning".
Nassyam Basha
Very useful book, which has helped me overcome some initial performance issues on upgrade from 10g,some of which are quite subtle.
Gerry
I have several years of experience as an Oracle database administrator and am very confident working with Oracle.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hooper on September 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought the alpha copy of this book from the Apress site in May 2011 when I heard about the book's pending release, and was able to obtain the final version of the book at the end of August 2011. I have read a couple of the other "Recipe" books from Apress, so I was excited to see how the recipe format could be applied to the task of Oracle Database performance tuning, specifically in versions 11.1 and above.

The authors of this book all have at least 10-15 years of experience with Oracle Database (and likely several years of IT related experience prior to that), are accomplished writers of several books (at least three of the "Recipes" books were co-authored by this book's authors), and at least two of the authors teach at the university level. The technical reviewer of the book is an Oracle Ace with an OCP certificate and also has an Oracle Certified RAC Expert certificate. Apress, based on my past experience, publishes some of the best Oracle Database material on the market. All of the critical recipe elements for a very successful, extremely useful book were initially in place for this book.

So, how well did the book's final contents meet the level of expectations provided by the book's front cover and the publisher's description of the book? Simply put, some of the chapters appeared as though someone tried to hammer a square cut nail into a finely machined and tapped machine-screw hole. The end result shows that the topic of performance tuning Oracle Databases simply does not fit well into a recipe format. The number of technical/logical errors per page in some of the chapters makes for a difficult challenge to find any useful/reliable information in those chapters without spending significant time verifying that the material presented by the book is accurate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bilberry on October 9, 2011
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I did not find this book detailed enough to assist me in troubleshooting my issues with SGA, Kernel and Parallel Query tuning. It covers the basics and how the principles improve performance when implemented but it does not get detailed with anything other than the most rudimentary of examples. Overall it's very good for a beginner as it did educate me on several other nuances that I was previously unaware of. 4 stars (1 missing for lack of detail).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Riaz on May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The "WOW" factor of this text is inversely proportional to the read's prior experience with database performance tuning.

In my opinion, a DBA (or a developer) with 0 - 3 years of experience can expect the following after reading this book

1. Know what to do when a 3 page query is dropped in their lap for tuning (trust me, trying to convince the user the problem is with the network, or their
machine, or with them !!! does not work after a couple of times :)')
2. not be intimated to read and to analyze an AWR report
3. can incorporate performance related daily checks in their day-to-day activities
4. can actually answer the typical performance related interview questions (e.g. how to tune an instance, how to tune a query, etc)
5. have the background to read advanced performance tuning literature

Following are some suggestions for the subsequent editions of this book

Chapter 8 "Creating Efficient Sql" adds no value and can be scratched in favor of the following topics

1. Sql Plan Management (after all, one of the authors has talked extensively about it in their "Oracle Database 11g" book)
2. Local vs Global indexing (when to use them, how to create them, etc.)
3. Why, which (local vs global), and how often to collect object level statistics
4. Highlight the performance tuning similarities and differences between OLTP and OLAP systems

I am almost tempted to add "RAC Performance Tuning" to my wishlist, but it might be an advanced topic?

In summary, I would recommend this book to anybody wanting to get started on Oracle performance tuning
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelba Sanchez on February 17, 2014
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This is a book with valuable technical experiences about oracle 11g database issues, how prevent it and how deal with tuning problems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on May 23, 2013
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Very useful book, which has helped me overcome some initial performance issues on upgrade from 10g,some of which are quite subtle.
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