From the Inside Flap
The purpose of this book is to provide grounding in all the areas required for large systems implementation using UNIX and Oracle8i. Some of the information in this text is available elsewhere, scattered throughout a large number of specialized volumes, while other information, taken from experience in implementing such systems, is previously undocumented.
Unlike many Oracle books, this book avoids the "one size fits all," cookbook approach to improving the skillset of the reader. In my opinion, such books do little to improve foundation skills and serve only to confuse readers when their circumstances deviate from those of the author. Rather, the intent of this book is to communicate a distillation of many years of experience in building very large Oracle database systems. The information presented here allows the reader to make informed decisions, based on real facts, that directly apply to the actual case at hand.
Where appropriate, this book will make recommendations to the reader, mostly from an approach standpoint. These recommendations are intended to guide the reader past some of the common pitfalls often encountered during the building of large systems. In addition to technical information, the book also makes organizational and procedural recommendations intended to help the reader avoid dead ends and other sources of aggravation.
Although the focus of this book is on Oracle8i, the principles presented also apply to other database software. UNIX is the premier platform for very large Oracle systems and is therefore presented as the underlying operating system, although many of the hardware and theoretical discussions also apply to other operating systems, such as Windows NT. Large, custom-written applications are the main target of this book, but all of the concepts presented here also apply in varying degrees to smaller systems and packaged applications.
Who Should Read This Book
This book is primarily aimed at the following audiences.
System architects Database engineers wanting to expand their knowledge System administrators working on UNIX/Oracle systems Senior application developers In addition, this book will be of value to the following audiences.
Technology managers Computer science students
About the Author
James Morle runs a specialist consulting company, Scale Abilities, that specializes in solving complex technical and architectural problems for leading companies. He has built a number of the world's largest and most challenging systems, including one of the first large Oracle Parallel Server systems. Specializing in high-performance scalable systems, his background is in Oracle and UNIX internals. He can be contacted directly at James.Morle@Scaleabilities.co.uk.