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Oracle SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Expert's Voice in Oracle) Paperback – November 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1430225096 ISBN-10: 1430225092 Edition: 2009th

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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430225092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430225096
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Allen has worked in the IT field for over 20 years, as a CTO, enterprise architect, and database administrator. Grant's roles have covered private enterprise, academia and the government sector around the world, specialising in global-scale systems design, development, and performance. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, on topics ranging from data mining to compliance, and technologies such as databases (DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), content management, collaboration, disruptive innovation, and mobile ecosystems like Android. His first Android application was a task list to remind him to finish all his other unfinished Android projects. Grant works for Google, and in his spare time is completing a Ph.D on building innovative high-technology environments. Grant is the author of Beginning DB2, and lead author of Oracle SQL Recipes and The Definitive Guide to SQLite.

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This is how technical books should be written.
I'm not saying that this book has everything that you would ever need in a SQL book but it's a great place to start.
Brian Hurley
I strongly suggest this as an addition to your collection.

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Last November I pre-ordered this book, hoping that it would pick up where the "Mastering Oracle SQL and SQL*Plus" book ended (at roughly Oracle Database release The expectations were very high, and this book delivers for the most part. Some parts of the book left me scratching my head, thinking that this SQL statement or paragraph just cannot be correct. Even when taking those sections into account, this book conveys a significant amount of practical, useful information.

The book's format of problem statement, solution, and how/why the solution works is the key to the success of this book. You will not find page after page of SQL statement syntax. The range of problem statements covered in this compact 500 page book is impressive, touching on a wide range of topics:
* Basic SELECT statements
* Manipulating numbers, dates, and character data
* Transaction management
* XML data
* Partitioning
* Analytic functions
* Regular expressions
* Performance tuning
* Database troubleshooting
* Creating databases, tablespaces, tables, indexes, and constraints

* Thoroughly answers the question of why it is important to learn Oracle's dialect of SQL. The book provides 233 problem situations, most with more than one variation of the problem along with the SQL statement for each variation.
* Includes interesting side stories that are not necessarily related to SQL coding, but help to keep the reader interested in the book contents. For example, a side story titled "Beer and Statistics Do Mix" that describes the invention of T-Tests.
* Typically states when a feature requires the Enterprise Edition or an additional cost license beyond the Enterprise Edition (Tuning Pack, for example).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hurley on January 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Book Review: Oracle SQL Recipes - A Problem Solution Approach
Author: Grant Allen, Bob Bryla, Darl Kuhn
Publisher: Apress Inc
ISBN: 978-1-4302-2509-6

I haven't been reviewing Oracle SQL books since for the last several years my primary focus has been in the Java realm. However, I still love working directly with databases especially Oracle so I was looking forward to when this book was release and I had high hopes. Luckily the book delivers in fact I wish that I had a book just like this when I started to work with Oracle 12 years ago. It would have made the learning curve much smaller.

As most books about any technical subject they start out with the simple and head toward the more advanced. This book uses the same approach so if you're already knowledgeable about SQL you can probably skip the first 2-3 chapters. From there the book ramps up the complexity. This is where SQL starts to get really fun. The book covers many aspects of SQL programming that I have encountered over the years. Validating data between tables, dealing with NULLs, manipulating data in and between types, REGEX are just part of what this book covers. In fact I was working today and ran across a problem where I was developing new Java loaders for some large data sets. I need to compare both tables that are located on different databases to make sure that my code is working the same as the old code. I remembered a section from the book (3-9) that shows how to compare two tables and find the differences quickly. This allowed me to implement a check on several tables in just a few minutes. Otherwise I was going to write a Java program to check and compare the data in the objects which would have taken hours to write.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zoli on August 9, 2011
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Very good practical guide which will walk you through examples from real life. Very helpful and easy to apply solutions sorted into logical structure. I would recommend it to professionals who dont want to loose time by reading reference guides and who dont want to spend time trying to find good solutions on internet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert V. Darling on May 13, 2010
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I have read through this book just about from end to end and found it invaluable.

As an 'old hand' large scale mainframe system developer that came back into development just a few years back after pursuing a successful career in another field - this book really gave me considerable insight into Oracle.

The 'How it Works' explanations of the examples should be part of every technical book - and so dispell the mystery that often surrounds technical subject material.

I am currently also working through Steve Feuerstein's PL/SLQ definitive reference and the two really do complement each other for somebody who is coming to the subject with a wealth of legacy database system expertise who is looking to find out how to best make use of what is available today.

I would love to see other books constructed in the same format - for example, for the various programming languages such as Java - books that give examples of the everyday sort of things that you have to do.

Consistency is pre-requisite to Clarity and the book is consistent in its approach throughout.

Well done gentlemenOracle SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
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