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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430219521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430219521
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norbert Debes has more than 13 years experience as an Oracle database administrator. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Erlangen, Germany, and is an Oracle8, Oracle8i, and Oracle9i certified professional Oracle database administrator. For over 6 years, he held different positions and technical roles at Oracle Germany. He was a team leader in Oracle Support Services, and a technical account manager in Strategic Alliances. In his last role at Oracle, Norbert was responsible for promoting Real Application Clusters on a technical level. During his tenure, he contributed to the Oracle9i SQL Reference, the Real Application Clusters manual set, and to various Real Application Clusters training materials.

Right from the beginning of his quest in the Oracle database management system, Norbert always wanted to know exactly how things worked. He would not be satisfied with superficial explanations, but demanded evidence. His passion to dig deeper served him well in acquiring extensive knowledge of the Oracle database, and occasionally makes him a restless researcher who often ends up working from dusk until dawn when captured by ""the flow.""

In his spare time, Norbert likes to hike, snowboard, play basketball, and read nonfiction on topics such as the emotional brain. Furthermore, he is a passionate analog and digital photographer. Having been intrigued by the vibrancy of stereoscopic (i.e., three-dimensional) capture for 20 years, he rejoices in his recent acquisition of a stereo camera.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hooper on July 1, 2009
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The "Secrets of the Oracle Database" book with the subtitle of "Advanced administration, tuning, and troubleshooting using undocumented features" follows the same pattern as most of the other Apress books, with very well researched and verified information with careful references to well regarded books and external resources. Many code samples and demonstrations are provided throughout the book in the format of: tell me about something, and then show me/prove to me that it actually works. The topics in this book reminded me a bit of the topics discussed in the book "Oracle 10g Insider Solutions," except for the fact that the "Secrets of the Oracle Database" book actually makes an effort (a very thorough effort) at indicating which features are available with each version of Oracle (through 11.1.0.7), which features require additional cost licenses (such as the use of AWR), and provides a good enough example of the features so that the feature may be utilized with an understanding of why the feature should be used. The "Secrets of the Oracle Database" book even does a thorough job indicating the permissions and/or roles needed to leverage the various features. Specific items that I found to be helpful:
* In most cases, commands are provided for Linux/Unix and the equivalents for Windows.
* Good description of SYS.AUX_STATS and the various functions to view and populate the CPU stats are described in the book.
* Very detailed description of raw 10046 trace files.
* Detailed listing of the purpose of the various database tables related to Statspack.
* Good summary of ORADEBUG functionality.
* Provides a warning not to adjust the hidden (underscore) parameters unless under the supervision of Oracle support.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Johnson on July 4, 2009
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I am so surprised that a book like this has not already been written. In a nutshell, the book contains dozens of snippets of information that you mostly knew about but never had time to understand or learn properly.

As a DBA you're always on the lookout for those little snippets of info that just allow you to make it through one more project while keeping your sanity. You know those little things like the undocumented dbms_system parameter that allows you to write direct to the alert log, those sort of things. Well this book is jammed packed with a mish-mash of those little tricks you have been collecting for the last X number of years.

The book doesn't really have any solid structure and the author is pains to state that you simply dip into the book when you have time and pick up another titbit of info, which might come in useful one day.

The book is not for beginners, so if you are a casual user of Oracle don't bother, you will not not find it useful at all and will waste your money, it is aimed squarely at slightly more experienced DBA and a developer with serious interest in the internals of Oracle, may find it useful. Once again the author is clear at the start, the subjects are glanced over, the book gives you just about enough to get you started and leaves the rest to you to work out. Things like reading raw SQL trace files, one thing the masochist in me has always enjoyed! This book expects you to understand how to read a raw SQL trace to a basic standard before moving on to more advanced aspects of the interpreting them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mladen Gogala on November 25, 2012
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I was sceptical to the book from the beginning. Being an Oracle DBA and published author, I bought this book without much illusions of secrets that will be revealed. It's not well written, it's hard to read and not much information is revealed. If the reader wants Oracle secrets, I recommend the latest book by Jonathan Lewis. I planned on re-reading it and posting a detailed review, but unfortunately I didn't have much time for that. This is not a book that I would recommend to an average DBA or developer.
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