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This is a book about getting the most out of Oracle8i on UNIX systems. While many people understand how to administrate Oracle and UNIX, far fewer understand the issues and workings of the software and hardware, thus limiting the scalability of the system. This book aims to open up this essential information, enabling the reader to build faster, larger, and more scalable systems than ever before.

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

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (January 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201325748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201325744
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,782,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Adams on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is packed with useful information that is otherwise hard to find. It covers Oracle, Unix and hardware issues in approximately equal depth. The focus is on issues that can affect the scalability of large OLTP Oracle systems. Because of the expansive scope, some issues are only lightly treated. Nevertheless, there are many nuggets of highly detailed and invaluable technical information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Declan Brady on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although sometimes short on the complete detail, the relevant topics are all there, in one place. From sizing, to performance, to parallelism, to resilience, to future planning, Morle ensures that you consider all the angles. Morle's easy style helps you find what you're looking for, and understand it quickly. The references at the end of each chapter are particularly useful. Despite its title, I wouldn't entirely ignore this book for non-OLTP systems. I would recommend putting this book on your recommended reading list for all engineers building Oracle-based systems, of any size.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Fuson on January 17, 2000
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"Scaling Oracle 8i" is an incredibly well written book that clearly explains the concepts and terms DBAs have been using for years. But more importantly, it explains them in a way that highlights their relevance in terms how to design applications that will scale, or how to correct existing applications that don't run as well as expected. This book is a necessity for all system and application architects that plan on using Oracle.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K Gopalakrishnan on July 16, 2000
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Now a days there are lot of Oracle books which confuses the readers with inaccurate information. But this book gives 100% accurate and pracical information. And James knows about the topics he is talking. Not that just cut and paste from Oracle documentation or some metalink notes.
Great book and I have already recommened to most of my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pardu Ponnapalli on February 9, 2000
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Complex technical concepts are presented in a clear and lucid manner. Yet none of the nuances are glossed over. It's one of the best books in this area. Should have appeal and use to a wide variety of audiences including systems administrators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Best on January 22, 2000
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This book actually saved me a ton of work, and prevented more than one potential disaster. Oracle should require anyone with a multi-user license to read this book.
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