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Oracle Essentials: Oracle Database 11g Paperback – November 11, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596514549 ISBN-10: 0596514549 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (November 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514549
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

What You Need to Know About Oracle Database Architecture and Features

About the Author

Rick Greenwald has been active in the world of computer software for nearly two decades, with stints at Data General, Cognos, and Gupta. Currently an analyst with Oracle Corporation, he's published six books and several articles on a variety of technical topics, and has spoken at conferences and training sessions across six continents.

Robert Stackowiak is Senior Director of E-Business Intelligence for Oracle Corporation's Enterprise Technology Center. He works with Oracle's largest customers in North America, providing insight into the company's products and data warehousing strategy. In addition, he frequently assists Oracle Corporate in developing product strategy and training. Articles written by Bob have appeared in publications including The Journal of Data Warehousing, Informix Tech Notes, and AIXcellence Magazine.

Jonathan Stern has more than 13 years of IT experience, including senior positions in consulting, systems architecture, and technical sales. He has authored papers and presented at internal and external conferences on topics such as scaling with Oracle's dynamic parallelism and the role of reorganizing segments in an Oracle database. He is the Technical Director at Ariba, Inc., the leading vendor of value chain solutions for electronic commerce.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Hull on October 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I must admit I had some preconceptions when I picked up this book. I thought it might be a little weak on substance. I also thought it was trying to do too much, with such a broad topic. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised.

For starters I read the preface. The authors work in technical sales, and the target audience is pretty broad, from DBAs & Developers to Systems Administrators and also IT managers and business users. I emphasize this because it is well written to be a good introductory Oracle book for DBAs and Developers, and not too technical that these other audiences can't digest the material. More importantly it is very well written. The style is quite good. I guess that's no surprise, being that the book is in it's fourth printing.

I like the first chapter, Introducing Oracle, as it takes a stab at not only some of the history of the company, but the technology as well. I learned a few things along the way. It includes a "Summary of Oracle Database Features" which is broad and all encompassing. Sure you could probably find all of this in the documentation... somewhere! However, having it all summarized is very nice. Development Features, Connection Features, App Server, Distributed Features, Data Movement Features, Performance Features, Management Features, Backup Features, Availability Features, Security Features, and so on.

Chapter two covers the Oracle Architecture, nuts & bolts, chapter three installation, Chapter four data structures, chapter five management, chapter six security, seven performance, eight concurrency, nine transactions, ten warehousing, eleven high availability, twelve various hardware architectures, thirteen distributed db, fourteen extended datatypes, and fifteen beyond the database.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Number 6 on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an exhaustive overview of the many features of Oracle's database product. The book is very useful for getting a complete picture of capabilities and often strange nomenclature used in Oracle products. Users wishing to learn syntax and procedures to actually implement these features will have to look elsewhere. I found this book useful for an initial overview, but relatively useless when actually administering the db or writing code. Fortunately, Oracle's on-line documentation is quite good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Druin on December 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Oracle Essentials, Oracle Database 11g, 4th edition
Rick Greenwald et al.
O'Reilly - 4th Edition (11g)

This is a very detailed overview of the inner workings of Oracle. Each chapter is a small book in itself going into the detail of the subject. This might be confusing to those without a clear understanding of how databases work in general, and a background in computer science would help. Overall, the author does a nice job of explaining each topic in such a way that it would be reasonably clear either way though. There are many diagrams, tables, lists, and pictures to help explain the material. This would not be so much a reference for programming Oracle as it explains what is available in Oracle and how Oracle provides its features. The book should be usefully to Oracle DBAs and system administrators. It will also appeal to those that want a book that goes beyond stating what Oracle can do and shows how Oracle actually does what it can do.

Generally chapters cover:

Installation and Running
Data Structures (B*-trees, etc.)
Warehousing, Business Intelligence
Distributed Databases
Object Oriented Development
New Features of 11g


- The internal workings of Oracle are clearly explained through out.
- A great book for system administrator, DBAs, and those who take care of Oracle databases.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is for people of all levels of Oracle experience and includes database administrators, system administrators, and application developers. Even though there is some introductory material that more experienced people might be tempted to skip over, it is probably best to go through the book from beginning to end just to make sure you don't miss some minute point of Oracle. It does not try to teach database theory, though. You need to be familiar with that in a general sense before you read this book.

The main purpose of this fourth edition is to add information relevant to the newest release, Oracle Database 11g. Appendix A is handy in that it contains, in a condensed form, what is new for 11g. The book manage to concentrate on the most important Oracle issues and principles. It isn't possible to write one book that encompasses everything about Oracle, particularly syntax details, so you'll need to refer to Oracle documentation for complete details. The following is the table of contents of the book, which is currently not included in the product description:

Chapter 1. Introducing Oracle
Section 1.1. The Evolution of the Relational Database
Section 1.2. The Oracle Database Family
Section 1.3. Summary of Oracle Database Features
Section 1.4. Database Application Development Features
Section 1.5. Database Connection Features
Section 1.6. Distributed Database Features
Section 1.7. Data Movement Features
Section 1.8. Database Performance Features
Section 1.9. Database Management Features
Section 1.10. Database Security Features
Section 1.11. Oracle Development Tools
Section 1.12. Embedded Databases

Chapter 2. Oracle Architecture
Section 2.1. Databases and Instances
Section 2.2.
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