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Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference (Oracle In-Focus series) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Oracle In-Focus series
  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Rampant Techpress; Second edition edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979795192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979795190
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,583,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald K. Burleson is one of the world’s top Oracle Database experts with more than 20 years of full-time DBA experience. He has written 30 books, including Oracle Data Mining and Oracle Shell Scripting, and serves as editor-in-chief of Rampant TechPress. He lives in Kittrel, North Carolina.

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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hooper on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Based on feedback that this book's author provided in a comment attached to one of my other (thirteen) Amazon Oracle Database related book reviews, I decided to add a couple of comments at the start of this review. Last year I contributed to a book that was written by a total of sixteen people, co-authoring two of the chapters in that book. While that book contained "Oracle" in its title, and the two chapters that I co-authored were Oracle performance related, the book as a whole is not a competitor of the "Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference" book. I am an IT Manager and Oracle DBA, so I am not a competing author or a competing Oracle consultant. Additionally, I only review books that I have purchased using a portion of my paycheck, so my reviews also take into account whether or not I feel that I have received my money's worth from a book - does the book deliver on the promises of its front cover and its description.

The author of the "Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference" book is described as having authored more than 30 books, is "one of the world's top Oracle Database experts with more than 25 years of full-time DBA experience," operates an Oracle consulting/training company, is the Editor-in-Chief at Rampant TechPress, participates in Oracle related discussion forums (including one operated by his consulting company), and produces articles for a non-Oracle specific blog.

Why did I buy the "Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference" book? Put simply, I was curious. I participated in several discussions with Mr. Burleson on Oracle's OTN forums where his articles and sections of his previous books were discussed. I brought to his attention a couple of what I felt to be errors and/or omissions from articles and book sections that were linked in the OTN threads.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Sutton on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rampant Press has cut Amazon out of the loop and is printing/selling them directly... IF you're lucky to get your copy after paying for it.

I'm still waiting on mine, but I got my hands on a buddy's copy... this book is garbage. It's hardly "definitive" and it offers nothing the other 500 Oracle tuning books offer.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Foggs Knackers on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book from Rampant Press about a year ago. When I call to find out when it will be shipped, I get nowhere. Now I see the book has been offered on Amazon for quite a long time with no ship date. Someone has been reading parts of it on Google Books and writing reviews. What is going on?
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8 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Judith H. on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have a copy of the 2nd Ed Tuning book on the shelf right next to my 1st Ed copy. I'm not sure exactly who Mr. Hooper is, what his credentials are as an actual Oracle DBA or why his review is so bitter, but I've not been disappointed with the book. I was not an English major, so ramblings about commas, capitalization and spelling issues are not going to dissuade me and they should not deter others either. If I run across a bit of code that has a period at the end of the first line, I'm not going to complain about it not working because I know how to type in a comma. I got a book promising to deliver as a reference for Oracle Tuning, and that's what I got. Whenever I have an issue with performance of my database, I check the table of contents and the index and start reading. Then I learn by doing. When something breaks, I go back and try it again. Then I learn by fixing.

I have other Rampant texts on my shelf, and it is true that some of the content appears in them as well. Who cares? I'm glad not to have to pick up another book to look up details on the subject. Isn't that what the definitive part of definitive reference is about? Not only that, the books were also authored by Mr. Burleson. Is is even possible to steal from yourself?

And again, so what if the material is "mostly copy pasted"? There is nothing about 2nd Eds that say they are all new. Some 2nd Eds just have errata updates from 1st Eds, but this one has more. There is 11g material and new tips for older versions as well. Thanks to the longest review in history, I also now have some errata from the book without having to wait for the 3rd Ed.

I don't proclaim to be an expert. After 5 years, I am barely more than a beginner if you ask me. Mr.
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